Today is Part 2 of My Mary Kay Story. Click here to read Part 1.
Thank you for reading friends!
One morning in February, I began to pray. One of those big, ugly cry prayers. Yah, you know what I mean. I was desperate and seeking the Lord for our future. "God, show me what to do", I whispered. Immediately, Nancy K. came to my mind. Mary Kay could be a way to earn some extra money, I thought.
However, at the church we were serving at, I met another consultant who also shared the Mary Kay opportunity with me. She gave me a cassette tape to hear called Choices. That evening, I sat in my living room and listened to the tape. A lady talked about the Cinderella dreams you have when you are a little girl and how God has not forgotten my Cinderella dreams. At that moment, my little girl dreams began to resurface. The dreams of a hopeful future. Dreams of having a family of my own one day. Dreams of raising my own daughter. The dreams you hope for and pray for? I knew I needed a change in order for our lives to get better. I remember I got so emotional and began to cry with relief. It's like I felt God's peace surround me. A peace I hadn't felt in a very long time.
I had made my decision. That night, I called Nancy and left a message on her answering machine that I wanted to begin my Mary Kay business. I did thank the consultant who gave me the "Choices" tape to listen to and she understood. Nancy had been there since the beginning. She saw me grow up into a young woman and I knew the Lord wanted me to begin this Mary Kay journey with her. That week, Nancy sent me my business agreement in the mail and on Feb 5, 2001, I signed it and mailed it off to Dallas, Texas. The company processed my beauty agreement on Feb 12 and at age 22, I became a new Mary Kay business owner.
|Me as a brand new Mary Kay beauty consultant. |
I still remember meeting with Nancy at her home a week later and she gave me my Mary Kay pin in her kitchen. We both got very emotional. I didn't understand at the time, but I have realized that the journey I was beginning was all part of God's plan for my life. I thought my Mom was going to be the first one to begin a Mary Kay business in our family. Oh no, it was me! Crazy.
Six months later in 2001, joyfully, my mother became one of my newest team members. She is still apart of my team today, fourteen years later. I was her cheerleader when she needed me and now the tables turn. She's my biggest cheerleader and encourager in my business. When times were tough, she reminded me not to quit. When life was rough, she told me to keep going! Wow . . . tears flow as I type this because it's such a blessing to see how our lives pan out. I mean, God completely holds our future in His BIG hands. How could we ever doubt Him? God can even use makeup for His glory. After all, He is the potter and we are the clay. It truly is about the journey of faith. It hasn't been easy, but it's been worth it.
Ruben and I knew that when we started a family, I wanted to be home with our children. That's exactly what I've been blessed with. I've been able to stay home with our daughter Hadara since she was born and I have never missed any precious mommy moments. That's priceless. Even now, ten years later, I have the time to home school her which is a joy and pursue my dream of writing.
Ruben, my husband has always been a Mary Kay man, supporting me every step of the way. He's not afraid to wear pink, but embraces it. Ruben loves Mary Kay's biblical values of keeping God first, family second and business third. Did you know, he used to drive me to all my Mary Kay appointments, because I didn't have my driver's license? Can you believe my self-confidence was that low, I couldn't get my driver's license? You see, we all start some where and we all have our own challenges to deal with. Yes, I'm licensed to drive now. I got my license after Hadara was born and hope to drive Pink one day. Another challenge was when Ruben became unemployed for a year. I was blessed to bring income to our household and pay our bills with Mary Kay. I've built my business as a new wife, pregnant, postpartum, a homeschool mom, working a job and as a minister's wife. I've worked my business from an apartment, a big house, a little house and out of a suitcase.
I am truly grateful to Mary Kay Ash and Nancy K. for offering me an opportunity like this! 14 years is a lot of years of enriching women's lives, lots of makeovers and lots of girlfriends throughout the years. And there's so much more to do! I am so grateful. For so many lives have been changed including my own. Mary Kay has shown me how to get back up after trials and failures. . . to be humble in all honor and recognition. . . to a be a Woman after God's own heart and to dream in Pink!!
Little girl dreams do come true. With God All things are possible!
-I hope my makeup story was encouraging to you. If you take away one thing from my story, I pray it's this: No matter what you go through in life, Never Quit . . . don't give up on your God-given dreams. God hasn't given up on you.
Blessings and Shalom,
If you would like more information about the Mary Kay business opportunity please visit my Mary Kay website here.
This post was not sponsored by Mary Kay Inc. and I did not receive payment for this post. This is my personal Mary Kay story and I wrote it to encourage women and give God all the glory!
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