The Life You Could Grow to Love!
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As I sat with my Mary Kay friends in the famous Las Brisas Restaurant of Laguna Beach, California, with a window view of the blue Pacific, a lush rose garden leading up to a charming gazebo and then sloping down the hillside, palm trees jutting out over the cliff's edge to the north, Catalina Island lying in the distance, white-capped waves washing onto the sandy shores of the inlet, feasting on a meal of succulent fresh halibut and culminated with decadent chocolate-dipped strawberries, I observed, "You know, I could get accustomed to this lifestyle." Then, I realized, I HAVE grown accustomed to this lifestyle!
In November of 1981, I decided to join this awesome company as a consultant, even though as a senior English teacher, wife of a busy husband, and mother of two pre teens, I really had no free time, none! There were after-school activities every single day, and I graded papers at every spare moment. But I had read an article in the October issue of THE SATURDAY EVENING POST which featured
Mary Kay Ash on the front in a pink boa and contained an extensive article about her and her company, which was only 18 years old then. I was impressed with Mary Kay's creed of God first, family second, career third, a creed she promoted in her life and in her company. I thought, “I don’t know of any other cosmetics company that promotes those values which are so dear to me,” so, I decided to switch entirely to Mary Kay products. I had used their mascara for eight years, only their mascara, so I called my “mascara” consultant and requested a full “facial”.
At that appointment, where I purchased the flag-ship skin care line, the consultant suggested I consider joining as a consultant myself. No way! But, after reading the marketing plan, I was intrigued with the idea of owning my own business and servicing a base of reorder customers. So, I worked diligently that first year, consistently holding two appointments a week, mostly on weekend afternoons. I realized that a little sacrifice up front would build a strong business and enable me to advance. Then, at the end of that school year, I left teaching to work Mary Kay full-time, as a consultant, just selling. My sales alone replaced my teaching income; but, soon, as a natural progression, I moved into leadership and became a Director.
This year, Mary Kay Cosmetics has celebrated its 50th anniversary, and I have been with Mary Kay for 32 years. What a ride! I’ve been awarded the use of 18 free career cars, (often that car has been the pink Cadillac!), and many times I have reached other milestones for personal and unit sales. For those achievements, Mary Kay awards quarterly prizes, diamond rings, diamond “bar” pins, diamond bumble bee pins, plaques, trips, etc! And one of the best “perks” is that I get to travel all over the United States, working with women who have joined my organization, and these women have become not only my Mary Kay family, but my friends. Add to that the income Mary Kay provides, which has enabled my husband and me to purchase a ranch, build a beautiful dream home, and live the life I had always imagined, and I can say once again, “I have grown accustomed to this lifestyle!”