We all know too well the pain of commuting in the Bay Area. It seems like no matter where I am going I need to plan about an hour-ish to get there. So how do you deal?
Right now I am working in North Bay, and my commute takes a solid hour from start to finish. I often drive my car, but occasionally I carpool with a co-worker. I am either singing along passionately to music somewhere on the 101 or I am having a great discussion about current world affairs with my carpool buddy! Good people and good music can make any car ride more enjoyable, but that's not actually why I enjoy my commute.
Like everyone, I have bad days sometimes. I occasionally wake up on the wrong side of the bed and in the worst mood. But regardless, there is always one moment during my commute where all of that disappears: when I cross the Golden Gate Bridge.
Every time I cross the bridge, I take a breath and think to myself, "Wow. I cannot believe that I live here." On a clear, sunny day it's the most amazing view of the city, Alactraz, and the Pacific. You can often see one of those large container ships passing under as you go over. And of course I have to cross on those really foggy days too. But even then, it's incredible to see the lines of the international orange cables appear and disappear as you move. (Fun fact in case you did not know that the official color of the Golden Gate Bridge is international orange.) Particularly on foggy days, you occasionally feel as though you just drove into another dimension because one side will be covered in super, dense fog and the other side will be sunny with blue skies! But despite the weather, crossing the bridge is always a great moment where I remind myself how lucky I am to be living in such an incredible place.
I am very happy to be writing my first Leading Ladies post on Sharon Treanor! I first met Sharon when she signed up to be a vendor at our launch event last month. She is a consultant with Rodan and Fields, and right from the start I could tell she has so much passion for what she does. I also love how involved and connected she is with her family! It's clear that she is proud to be in the role of mom and a grandma and speaks of her children and grandchildren with pride. You will be able to meet Sharon in person at our upcoming Girls Night Out at the United Irish Cultural Center!
Describe yourself in three words:
Friendly, caring, and motivated!!
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in the Bay Area?
Hiking in Pacifica with family, walking our dogs, and heading down to the Monterey Peninsula, my happy place.
What websites do you visit every day?
Facebook, Linkedin, some news sites, some shopping, and my own websites of course!
How long have you been selling Rodan and Fields?
I've been with the company about 8 years now. I did, however stop for 4 years while my son was battling bone cancer (he's fine now). The best part is that my residual income kept coming in even while I wasn't actively doing the business! If you understand residual income, you'd go through a wall to get it!
How did you get started:
I just jumped right in. I've learned in life the the timing for anything will never be the perfect time, so just do it. The company provides a ton of support and training - I'm in business for myself, but not by myself.
What is your favorite product:
Right now it's our Lash Boost and our Active Hydration - both new products. I have lashes and eyebrows for the first time in years and the Hydration has really improved the moisture in my skin.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
None, I've done retail, education and finance. I'm finally the CEO of me and wouldn't change a thing.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
I want to coach my new team members to reach the goals they have set for themselves in this business. I love coaching!
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Being brave enough to say goodbye to the 8-5 world and trust my instinct to jump into Rodan & Fields.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
It's easy with this business as you can do it in very part time hours. I babysit my grandchildren during the week and still have time for my biz. Setting hours of operation and sticking to them helps a lot, but I have flexibility built in with this business. Lots of our consultants still work full time jobs and do this in limited hours and are very successful - eventually they are able to leave their full time jobs.
What is your goal for retirement?
To earn enough residual income to give back to my community and be able to buy my 2nd home in Carmel Valley or Pacific Grove.
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Do your due diligence when looking at existing companies and then just do it!! You never know everything in the beginning - you can learn as you go!
Learn more about Rodan and Fields Products. - http://streanor.myrandf.com
Shop with Sharon! - http://streanor.myrandf.biz
I am obsessed with Japanese Ramen. I am always searching for new ramen places, the best ramen places, unique ramen places, just ramen in general! I was recently invited to join some friends at a surprisingly good place in San Mateo that deserves a special mention. It's called Santa Ramen, and it's in a little strip mall right by Highways 82 and 92. Check out my order of pork belly miso ramen!
I met some incredible ladies at our Girls Night Out launch event! Thank you to everyone who stopped by. It was truly a pleasure to meet and get to know you all.
Where was it?
The staff at Puerto 27 was incredibly generous to our group. They set up a special area for us and kept the drinks coming! I want to especially thank the general manager and their staff for helping us host our event.
Who was there?
We had two fabulous vendors join us to promote their businesses and display some products! Sharon Treanor with Rodan and Fields skincare products and Erin Fry from Passionate Four Paws pet sitting services.
I also want to give a shoutout to Ryan Johnson for offering his time to be our event photographer. Ryan does an incredible job capturing beautiful moments and telling stories with his work.
Can't wait to see you all at our next event! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 31. We will be at the United Irish Cultural Center on 45th Ave and Sloat.
On Wednesday, the San Francisco Housewives launch event is happening at this beautiful Peruvian Kitchen and Pisco Bar! So my husband and I decided to head here for a date night to taste a few recommendations from the staff.
If you haven't already, make sure you RSVP to our FREE launch event happening on Wednesday, April 26 at Puerto 27 - Peruvian Kitchen and Pisco Bar! Click here to RSVP.
About Puerto 27:
This restaurant comes highly recommended by me because:
Our events are mostly just a social gathering where professionals can come out with their friends to meet and network with others in the area. With this launch event, I would love to have a few local businesses participate to help make it a really fun night for everyone. If anyone businesses in the Pacifica or Daly City area would like to help, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My absolute, favorite restaurant in San Francisco sits right on the northwest corner of the city: the Cliff House. They truly provide a unique San Francisco dining experience. The food is so tasty and comforting, the staff goes above and beyond to make you feel at home, and you cannot ask for a better view of the Pacific!
I am amazed at the number of San Francisco natives I have met who have never been to the Cliff House! I think that a lot of people think it's too 'touristy' for locals. I find that while it is a somewhat popular tourist spot, they also have a lot to offer locals here.
The Cliff House is split up into 3 different restaurants. The Bistro is on the main floor and is open to the public at any time. No reservations needed (In fact I don't think they take reservations for the Bistro). Brunch and lunch are served with Cliff House popovers, which are amazing! And as an added bonus, you can buy bags of the popover mix to take home and make yourself.
The second restaurant is Sutro's, which is named after the historic Sutro baths. While I have not eaten the food offered at Sutro's, I have seen the dining area and the view. It's super classy looking and has floor-to-ceiling windows creating a full panoramic ocean view.
The third area, which many are not aware of is the Terrace Room. You can book this banquet-style room for private events. However, in addition to the private events, they also have a Champagne Brunch Buffet every Sunday. It's an all you can eat buffet with bottomless mimosas. The food spread is unlike anything you have ever seen before. Personally, I am a big fan of all of the desserts.
I will totally admit that I am a bit biased when it comes to the Cliff House because this is where my husband and I had our wedding! But we just recently went back to have the Champagne Brunch for our anniversary, and the staff was so great! They remembered us, asked how the last year had gone, and provided us with extra attention for the special day.
I am officially (publicly) admitting that I am totally addicted to Lush products. I am a "regular" at the store closest to me. When I walk in there, they will say, "Hey we haven't seen you in a while!" It's the majority of my skincare routine, and sometimes it's just fun!
My first experience in a Lush store was in Las Vegas. My sisters and I took a girls trip for my 21st birthday, and we were doing some shopping. We spent TWO HOURS in there! We had to smell everything, try everything, get details, scope the catalog - we got the full experience.
First of all, I have to recognize Lush's customer service. Their staff is always attentive, helpful, and caring. They will often give me samples to try out products if I am unsure.
I also take advantage of their recycling program. If you bring back five empty pots, they give you a free face mask. And of course, you can't talk about Lush without mentioning their efforts for animal rights!
For the most part, I only use the skincare and makeup products. I have tried many different brands, and Lush products are some of the only ones that don't make me feel like I have 10 pounds of product on my face. The hair products did not work for me, personally. But they are still fun to check out. And since they are constantly creating new recipes and launching new products, I still keep an eye on them.
I have read a few negative posts about Lush. Many have concerns about the use of parabens and fragrance in some of their products. Paraben-free skincare can be a personal preference. Lush has products that do not contain either, so you may just need to ask at the store.