My Mary Kay Story: Celebrating 14 Years of Pink Make-up! {Part 2}

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!  

My Mary Kay Story: Celebrating 14 Years of Pink Make-up!

It’s throwback Thursday and we’re going way back to the start of my pink beginnings.  Today’s post is unusually long, so I decided to divide into two parts.   What I intended to share with you is not at all what I ended up writing.   Instead, I share my heart.  Maybe Valentine’s day inspired me, who knows?  I guarantee if you read it all the way to the end, you’ll learn a little about me and hopefully it will encourage you.   Thank you for reading friends.  🙂  

The two things I loved to play when I was little was school and make-up.  I think I was three years old when I first encountered make-up.  It all began in our tiny red carpeted bathroom, watching my Mommy put on her mascara and lipstick.  I loved watching her.  She was so precise when drawing on her eyebrows and applying her false eye lashes.  Ha ha, that’s another story.    I remember just thinking to myself, “she’s so beautiful!”.   I want to look like her when I grow up.  

My Mom’s beauty announcement in the daily newspaper.  

As a young cosmetologist graduate of 1967, my Mom Josie definitely wasn’t a beauty school drop out.  I grew up watching my Mom style women’s hair in our kitchen many Saturday mornings.  From bee hives to Farrah Fawcett cuts to 80’s perms, my Mom rocked her generation’s hair styles.  

When I was eight, my Mom got invited to a skincare party.  It was, let’s just say, brand x.  They asked her to attend their business meeting, and I got to attend with her.  I heard them talk about prizes and money.  Wow!  Pretty exciting for a little girl who was growing up in a tiny old 900 sq. foot home and her favorite show at the time was Hart to Hart. (totally 80’s show, I know).  I was sold on the opportunity at eight years old and I encouraged my Mom to sign up.  She really didn’t want to, but I so wanted her to do it.  So she did.   

Since I was the only child living at home at the time, I was very close with my Mom.  I had the privelidge of attending her make-up parties with her and was her little assistant.  I still remember setting all her mirrors up and placemats.  I watched my Mom skillfully conduct her presentation and was so proud of her every time    But, those 80’s make-up parties got a little carried away with laughing women and margaritas.  Overall, the party sales were not too impressive.  My Mom, bless her heart, got frustrated with the whole idea and quit.  Mostly, she quit because she got pregnant with my little brother Josh.  Either way, I was extremely sad.  On the bright side, I had lots of make-up to play with and memories of make-up business that would pave the way for my future.    

I wasn’t allowed to wear make-up until I was thirteen years old.  That included:  pressed powder and lip color.  No eyeliner, mascara or foundation.  I had to wait until I turned 15 to wear those products.  Once, I started wearing make-up, I became obsessed.  I was a teenage make-up snob.  I only used certain brands and spent lots of time shopping at drug stores for my cosmetics.  My make-up drawer consisted of everything under the sun.  I enjoyed wearing make-up and experimenting with the latest trends and checking the latest fashion magazines for beauty tips.   It was the early 90’s and my goal was to become a super model when I grew up.  Big dreams for a make-up queen.  So when I walked into the kitchen one morning and saw my Mom having her first skin care facial with MaryKay, it caught my attention.  

That’s the day I met Nancy K.  Nancy had just moved to Arizona from Wisconsin with her husband and children to begin a health food store.  Mostly to get away from the rigid snow.  Nancy was a new Mary Kay director and she had recently earned her 1st Mary Kay car.  I was amazed.  She brought all the make-up and samples, oh lots of samples, (I was the sample queen) to my home and pampered my Mom and I with facials.   We make-up shopped from our seats.  Make-up to try before you buy- yes please!  A teen girl’s dream come true! 

That year, I had my first official Mary Kay makeover when I was 15 years old.  I gave in.  My mom and I attended a “Mother Daughter” glamour guest event.  Our consultant Nancy shared the business opportunity with my Mom that evening, but my mom decided it wasn’t for her at that time.  All the memories of my childhood when my Mom sold brand x came flooding in my mind.  This time, I didn’t push my Mom.  But I did fall in love with the cream foundation and my mom loved her classic basic skin care for dry skin.  We were happy customers.  

Soon I graduated highschool and started college where I met Ruben.  We fell in love, got engaged and started to plan our wedding.  By this time, I loved MK and couldn’t think of any other make-up to wear at my wedding.  Nancy had also become a good friend to my family at this point.   She helped me create my wedding day look and made everything perfect for me.  I did my own make-up on my wedding day because Nancy had to attend a MK conference.  However, Nancy and her husband took a flight back as soon as the conference was over and made it to my wedding just in time for the ceremony.  Isn’t that so sweet? 

Soon after we married, Ruben and I graduated college and I was ready for something new and different, but I didn’t know what it was.   Instead of becoming teachers, God took Ruben and I down another path.  The path to ministry.   In order to make ends meet, Ruben and I settled with part-time jobs as teacher’s aids for a inner-city school system.  We didn’t have any money to spare let alone pay our bills or buy a house.  Our college debt was piling up and I was tired of living the way we were living.  We were newlyweds, just surviving.  We wanted to have a child soon and I knew I didn’t want our child to grow up in the situation we were in.  Something had to give.  

-Read the rest of the story Part 2 HERE.  

Blessings and Shalom, 

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