I went to a Mary Kay retreat over the weekend and had an epiphany. Actually, it was more like a conversation with God. One of the speakers mentioned that we were put on this earth to do great things. I always just thought that meant raising my boys to be righteous men. But God told me otherwise over the weekend.
I heard a lot of women talking about how we, as consultants, can do great things and bless many women's lives. "It's all about the women," I heard. It's not about me. It's about them. And every single one of us was meant to do great things for these women.
I didn't believe that. In fact, I was a little ambivalent toward my business because I didn't believe my calling was to bless women's lives. My calling is, and always has been, to work with children. How on earth would Mary Kay allow me to work with children? It's not exactly best practice to facial a 5-year old.
Then God hit me over the head with his palm and said "You CAN help children. You will use your business to help children." Thus, my dream was born in a room with 700 women in a hotel in Kansas City:
I am going to use my business to raise money, network, and eventually be able to retire my husband so that together we can do something huge. I'm thinking building a school in Africa. And it won't be next week or even next year. I need to be realistic. But I BELIEVE that within 20 years something big will happen.
How awesome is that?? God has big plans not just for me but for everyone who will be a part of this. From my husband and kids who will work with me toward this goal, to my friends and family who will stand by us and watch it happen, to my customers who will financially support this mission, to my director who will lead me toward leadership (oh yes, that is right. I plan to be a leader in this company. That's the only way I'll ever make enough money to get this thing going and meet enough women who will be able to help me), to my National Sales Director who will put me in touch with the people who can help make this happen. Every single person I meet will play a role in this and I am SO excited for it.
From now on, every dollar of profit I make will go toward something that is NOT me or my family. In fact, God and I had that argument as well.
"But I want new shoes."
"Give the money away"
"But I want new jeans"
"Give it away."
"But I want to take my kids to DisneyWorld"
"Give it away."
We'll start with Operation Christmas Child, and work our way up to building a school in Africa.
I am SO excited!