A lot changes in eight years.
That’s a fairly obvious statement, I know.
However, it’s amazing looking back and realizing you didn’t realize just how much time has passed between one moment and the next. Even more incredible is looking in the mirror and recognizing that change has been for the better.
Eight years ago I was still relatively fresh out of college. I was still paying my dues at my first job in a field I hoped would be my life-long career. I had recently purchased my first brand-new-off-the-lot car, and I was living in my first apartment.
It was also eight years ago that I was invited to my first Mary Kay party.
Up until that point I had no idea what to do with makeup. My mom didn’t wear it much and the girls who tried to show me what to do left me looking like I’d been in the oven five minutes too long. Add to that was the fact I didn’t care much for what I looked like, so long as I was more or less invisible.
Eight years ago that began to change. Thanks to that one party I was introduced to several women who not only showed me how to properly apply makeup in a way that accentuated my natural beauty rather than change my looks, but who also started me on a path that would finally cause me to face and reject so many of the lies I’d come to believe about who I was and who I was destined to be.
Fast-forward eight years.
I no longer work in the field I began in, though my passions haven’t strayed far from it. I have moved into and out of two different apartments and had to move back to my parents while trying to find my footing in an economy that can’t decide if it’s going forward or backward. I still have my car and I still love it as much now as the day I drove it off the lot.
And I still use Mary Kay every day.
It’s not just because I love the product — and I really do! — it’s also because of the community that I’ve found in connection with the product. In every event I’ve been to I’ve found myself surrounded by women encouraging other women. It’s not just about complementing looks. It’s about inspiring other women to reach out for their dreams, whatever they may be, and to discover who they were specifically created to be.
Last week I wrote about beginning a new venture to help me pay for my schooling in Dallas. This is it! At first it seemed a bit silly, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I could do this, and I would learn a lot from it.
So this week I’d like to announce the opening of my own Mary Kay business! For anyone interested, my digital boutique can be found here. For those of you who are within driving distance, I’d be more than happy to meet with you in person. And, if you have any questions about Mary Kay or about my schooling, you can always reach me via the comment section here.
Every day is a day for new beginnings…
It’s taken me nearly eight years to realize that I have an irreplaceable role to play in each day that dawns. What that role looks like is up to me. I can be active or I can be passive. I’ve done passive; frankly it’s no fun and rather empty. I fully believe that my Mary Kay business will not only help me cover my living and tuition costs while I pursue my studies in linguistics, it will also provide me with skills that can be used to break the chains of emotional and physical bondage that are holding women, and men, captive all over the globe.
God has already given me several opportunities this past week to speak words of hope and truth into the lives of a couple of young women through my Mary Kay business. The most amazing thing of all is that as I spoke to them, He used the same words to speak to me.
The start of any new adventure begins with a choice. And I’ve made mine. I am very excited about this new piece that has been added to the puzzle that is my life and am looking forward to seeing more of that final picture emerge in the days to come!