There have been many, many times in my life when I have been lonely. This phase of my life is not one of them! I am ridiculously, extravagantly rich in relationships right now and I’m finding more and more that it is what life is all about.
Nine years ago, God gave me the courage to try something new. I was happy in my career as a personal chef, I owned my own business and was fairly successful. I had a 6-month-old baby, my husband was working full-time and going to school full-time, so we were not looking for something to add to our schedule. And yet, I decided to become a Mary Kay beauty consultant! I was completely freaked out about the whole idea, but I also had a little spark of hope that maybe it would turn out to be something great. That decision launched who I would become today, as a leader, as a parent, and as a follower of Jesus.
I’ve always felt called to reach out to people who don’t yet know God or who are far from Him, but earlier in my life was frustrated by my seeming lack of tools and resources to do so. It was difficult for me to talk to people and I often stumbled over my words or was too afraid to reach out. This career that God chose for me has given me people skills and personal growth that are priceless and have had eternal impact in many lives.
The culture of Mary Kay is such that we don’t compete with one another, there are no cutthroat sales battles, we’re all cheering each other on. When you truly spend time on a regular basis with others who are ambitious, yet generous; successful and willing to share their ideas with you; looking for ways to build you up and believe in you, it changes who you become! Hearing “you’re amazing” and “I know you can do it” and “so you missed that goal? Don’t worry– pick yourself back up and try again!” changes you!
More than anything, I love what I do because of the platform it gives me. I get a window into so many people’s lives and stories. I get to be on the journey with them, speak words of hope and encouragement, watch them grow into their potential. I get to pray with and for them, love on them… we really are better together!