“Most people live and die with their music still un-played. They never dare to try.” –Mary Kay Ash
It was the summer of 2006 and I was getting ready to head to Central Michigan University to pursue a degree in elementary education. I was excited to move away from home, and I couldn’t wait to join some of my friends who had just wrapped up their first year. I felt like I was ahead of the game because I already knew exactly what I wanted to do, or so I thought.
I turned 18 just a few weeks after graduation, and it was on my birthday that I decided to sign up to become a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. I had been using the products for a couple of years, so I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to get my goods at a discount. I also liked the idea that I could make some extra money to help cover the cost of those extra expenses that come along with the college experience. Four years flew by, and I graduated in December of 2010 and immediately started working in the world of education. Even though I didn’t have my own classroom yet, I was so proud of everything I had accomplished so far.
Fast forward to the summer of 2014. I had just wrapped up my third year of teaching and the struggle was real. I received excellent evaluations, my classroom management skills didn’t go unnoticed, and I was told that I was doing a great job for being the new kid on the block. The truth is, I was miserable. I was exhausted. I was allowing the negative and toxic environment that I worked in follow me home. This was not what I had envisioned teaching to be. This was not the person that I was meant to be. I felt broke, busted, and disgusted and something had to change. I resigned from my teaching position in November of 2014 to start working this Mary Kay thing full-time. Some people supported my decision to leave. Some people thought I was crazy. Most people didn’t understand. I was scared, but I knew in my gut that this was what I needed to do.
Well 2015 ended up being a very busy year. I stood up in two of my best friends weddings, Ryan and I closed on our first home in July, and we got married in September. While I was wedding planning and house hunting, I was also building my business from the ground up. I was taking care of my customers and coaching the women on my team. I promoted myself up the career path into a management position with Mary Kay. I earned the use of my first free car in November, just one year after I quit my job, and we earned our second car in December. Most importantly, I started to pursue a relationship with God.
Today I am an Independent Senior Sales Director with Mary Kay. Little did I know that my calling to be a teacher would not take place in a classroom but around the kitchen table? Little did I know that I would have the opportunity to inspire and impact others to be the bold and courageous women that God created each of us to be. This opportunity presented itself to me long before I knew it was going to be the answer to my prayers. It took me eight years to listen to what he knew all along. When you discover what gives you passion and a purpose, your whole life will change. When you figure out what brings you joy, everyday becomes a blessing and an adventure. I will be celebrating my ten year anniversary with Mary Kay on June 14th, 2016.
I am also a certified pole fitness instructor. I KNOW. I went to an intro class in October of 2013 and I was hooked. Pole dancing? Yes. I immediately knew that this was something I had to be a part of. A movement. It became another opportunity to empower women. It was a safe haven. It was sexy. It was women of all shapes, sizes, and walks of life. It was beautiful.
I started off as a student and applied to be an instructor a few months later. I got certified and went through training. I started teaching in July of 2014. Being an instructor the past two years has been such a blessing, and it was exactly what I needed when I transitioned away from my teaching position. There is nothing more rewarding than watching women work hard to achieve a goal they have set for themselves. I am there to inspire and encourage my students each week. I feel like I am making a difference, and I feel appreciated at the end of the day.
I never would have thought that Mary Kay and pole dancing would mesh so well. The balance that the two have brought to my life is invaluable. I get to surround myself with the most uplifting, empowering, faith filled, and supportive women on a daily basis. I get to breath life into others, and have them breath life back into me. Both jobs are tough at times, but when your purpose is bigger than your problems you will always do what needs to be done. Always do what makes you happy. Stop caring what other people think. You do not have to have a college degree to be successful. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Be BOLD. Don’t let other people hold you back. Dream BIG. You are blessed and highly favored. Quit comparing yourself to others. Learn to love your body. Choose FAITH over FEAR and always protect your heart.
Photo courtesy of Marchella Walsh