We had the good fortune of connecting with Ruby Roof and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ruby, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
My pillars of strength come from grit, grace, and gratitude. I was born in St. Louis to young teenage parents, growing up as a shy flower child with humble beginnings. We arrived in San Diego when I was about 7 and I have loved it here ever since. My parents’ struggles have always polarized my drive to be self-reliant and resilient. I was tenacious and I strove to absorb the best parts of them as I forged a different path in life. I intuitively pursued my dreams, big and small. A bumpy upbringing pushed me to chart my own course and I became a risk taker, doing whatever it took to move forward. I picked up a camera at 13 which began a life-long love of photography, and this became a much-needed escape and source of inspiration, then and now. College was my first milestone and I figured it out as I went, a first-generation college and high-school graduate. Putting myself through college proved to me I could achieve any goal, no matter how difficult. This marker in my life paved the path for many more miracles and achievements to come. After many years as a professional in corporate America, I stayed home for 4 years with my young children. Then I realized I wanted a flexible career where I could work my schedule around my children. I wanted more balance in my life and more opportunities to be present with them. I decided to become an Independent Consultant with Arbonne, and 15 years later, I am just as passionate to be present with my teenagers as I am helping others. It has taken hard work, but I am proud of the balance I achieved. This business allowed me to work from home and teach other people to do the same. Arbonne has given me the confidence and belief I needed to be my own boss. When I became a solo parent in 2015, I expanded my businesses to include photography and relocation services, to bring in additional income. These choices were critical steps towards taking charge of my time, believing in myself, and helping others to do the same.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am glad I said ‘yes’ to Arbonne and became an Independent Consultant in 2006. I was hesitant in the beginning and I thought “these kind of businesses” were for others. What I found was exactly the opposite! I started my business because I fell in love with the vegan products, the people, and the culture. The best part is, I’ve always had a heart for pouring into others. Having my own business allowed me to combine all my passions into one blossoming opportunity, even when it felt scary and I was unsure. I continued to grow myself, my belief, and my mindset. It has not always been easy. Some people have told me to quit, to get a “real job”, and through the years, I have used every challenge to strengthen my courage. I’ve always been a magnet for personal growth, and I poured myself into books, trainings, affirmations, and visualization. I am a firm believer what you think about expands and thoughts are things. Before I knew it, I had earned 6 trips for me and my family around the world and promoted to the second level of management. I was able to build this business alongside being a full-time parent, becoming a relocation consultant, and my passion for photography, even through challenges. About 6 years ago, I hit a major inflection point in my life, the bottom fell out. I went through a painful and difficult divorce. I lost a younger sister to suicide, and a couple of my close family members were struggling with cancer and addiction. My world felt like it was turning upside down. Many days, I felt frozen and lost. Week after week, I kept putting one foot in front of the other, one day at a time, step by step. 5 years later, I am still growing through my challenges. I was grateful for family, friends, work, and the time I had invested in this business. Within every challenge is a blessing, I am living proof of this. I had to grow as a leader, grow my team, then teach and train others to do the same. (earnings.arbonne.com). I love how I feel after the 30 Days to Healthy Living program and using skincare products I can trust. We focus on strengthening the connection between mind, body, and skin. It’s been a wonderful journey of self-discovery, self-care, and locking arms with inspiring people. On top of that, I am excited to launch my photography business right alongside it! My passion is to find beauty in hidden places, celebrate people, life’s special moments, and explore local landscapes. My daughter and I have been working together offering San Diego photo sessions with people doing what they love, surf, and skate. What has set me apart? I have been able to leverage life’s challenges and lessons to inspire others. I have learned my story is unfolding with each barrier I overcome, and these become a part of my message. I have learned to not give up and to stay the course. I know if I can do this, anyone can. We have the power to create our future and my life has been a testament to this, one step at a time. As Henry David Thoreau says, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams… if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. ”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I absolutely adore San Diego! It is such a fun town to show off and photograph. I have also been on a few walking photography expeditions and discovered more hidden treasures. If I had friends visiting San Diego, I would show them both the hidden jewels and the famous sights of our beautiful city. It’s cool how within one hour, you can visit just about any terrain or season, from beaches, to deserts, to mountains. You could snowboard in the morning and surf at sunset. If we had a week to explore, I’d hit the beach, spend time exploring famous sites and hidden treasures. Some of my favorite beaches are Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Mission Beach, Cardiff, Coronado, Solana Beach, and Encinitas.
Exploration Day 1 ~ A great place to start is Coronado and a drive across the beautiful blue bridge with gorgeous views. Walking down the wide beaches stretching out for over a mile of silvery sand. Explore the shops at the Hotel Del Coronado, dine along Orange Ave. Grab an ice cream and hop on the Coronado Ferry for a quick ride over to Seaport Village. Favorite eats: Miguel’s Cocina, Il Fornaio, Peohe’s, Clayton’s Coffee Shop, Coronado Brewing Co.
Day 2 ~ Explore La Jolla, a sophisticated and charming European village with culture, great food, and spectacular sites to see. Visit the seals and sea lions at the Children’s Pool, explore the beaches and swaying palm trees of La Jolla Shores, swim, kayak, scuba, and snorkel through the sea caves, dine in the Village along Prospect St. Check when the tide is in or out for surfing and a visit to the tide pools. Favorite eats: George’s at the Cove, The Pannikin, Shorehouse Kitchen, The Cottage, Brockton Villa.
Day 3 ~ Balboa Park is a must see historic urban, cultural park, sitting on 1,200 acres, with gardens, green belts, museums, walking paths, a Japanese Friendship garden, theaters, restaurants, outdoor events, Spanish Village, and even the world famous San Diego Zoo. Favorite eats: The Prado at Balboa Park, the Japanese Tea Pavilion, Daniel’s Coffee.
Day 4 ~ The World-Famous San Diego Zoo is a non-profit animal sanctuary with more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals and over 700,000 exotic plants. I’d grab breakfast before the zoo at the Great Maple, Hash House A Go Go, or Snooze AM Eatery in nearby Hillcrest. Afterwards, one of my favorite places for a sweet tooth is Extraordinary Desserts, less than a mile away.
Day 5 ~ Explore downtown San Diego, The Gaslamp District for shopping, dining, museums, and theaters. Then head down to the USS Midway, Star of India Ship, and explore the new waterfront park. The Embarcadero is a hustle bustle of maritime sites with a distinct ocean breeze, visit Seaport Village, catch a baseball game at Petco Park. Then save plenty of time to stroll through the piazzas and streets of Little Italy with fountains, music, and amazing food choices. Favorite Eats: RoVino’s Restaurant, The Foodery by RoVino, Farmer’s Table, Food Hall Little Italy, Bencotto, C-Level, Huntress. Visit Little Italy on Saturday morning for the Farmer’s Market.
Day 6 ~ Explore the uptown neighborhoods of Hillcrest, North Park, University Heights, and Adams Avenue. Find antiques shops, boutiques, wine bars, micro-breweries, coffee shops, book shops, and cinema. Dining favorites: Sunday Farmer’s Market in North Park, Breakfast Republic, Communal Coffee, Kettle & Stone, Taste of Thai, and Lemonade.
Day 7 ~ Head down to Pacific Beach and stroll out onto the Crystal Pier, have breakfast next to the pier at Kono’s Cafe for their famous burritos. Go shopping on Garnet Ave with boutiques, yoga shops, busy bars, and thrift shops. Enjoy sunbathing and surfing at the beach, watch interesting people walking/skating/biking up and down the famous Oceanfront Boardwalk, which stretches all the way to Mission Beach. And if you time it right at sunset, you might see the “Bubble Guy” creating huge bubbles glistening in the sunlight, just south of the Crystal Pier, standing up on the wall. Be sure to stop by 710 Beach Club for grub, sports, live music, or a cocktail, also next to the Crystal Pier. Other favorite eats: Baked Bear Ice Cream, Filippi’s Italian Grotto, The Fishery, Sushi Ota, JRDN Restaurant.
There is so much more to see in San Diego with our incredible year-round weather! I’d highly recommend making your way to the Wild Animal Park, fabulous wineries, so many cool hiking trails, Torrey Pines State Reserve, and Old Town. It is a cool place to live, photograph and explore.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to give a shoutout to Arbonne, many friends, leaders, and mentors in our company. Little did I know when I started my Arbonne business as an Independent Consultant in 2006, it would take me on a path of growth, courage, and transformation. Arbonne is truly a personal development company disguised as a skincare and nutrition company. Thanks to these leaders for breathing life into me on the daily. Nancy, Felicia, Sandra, Susan, Karen, Donna, Kim, Terri, Jennifer, Rita, Kimberli and so many more, I am grateful for your endless support and encouragement. From lows to highs, these women have continued to be there for me. This community of passionate world-changers has shown me much about who I am, what I am capable of and what I deserve. I am forever grateful. I’d love to give a shout out to my Mom and Dad, my 8 siblings, Frank & Tiffany, and my stepmom Meggie. And I have had support from amazing friends including Mel, Pam, Pamela, Ann, Kelly, Tami, Andrea, Lisa, Rhonda, Dayna, Nancy, Tina, and Kristen. Special thanks to Dr. Ritter and Judy, and SO many more. They’ve all helped me in some way, shown up for me, supported me, and taught me the lessons I needed to learn to strive forward. I want to expressly thank Cole and Bella, my children who have been my reason to persist. When your ‘why’ has eyes, you will never quit. They are the reason I wake up earlier and stay up later. They are the reason I read, listen, learn, and push myself to be my absolute best. They are the reason I am willing to work hard, face rejection and push past my comfort zone. They are my ‘why,’ and they are so worth every ounce of discipline and commitment. I learn from life lessons from them and they amaze me more with each passing day.
Website: www.rubyroof.arbonne.com, https://rubyroof.mypixieset.com/