Friday, June 8, 2012

Vanity, thy name is....

My Mary Kay adventure has been so good!! When I started this new career back in October, I wasn't sure where it would lead.  It was just months after Sam passed away, and all I knew was that MK would give me a platform to bless people. 

Quilting does that (and I always receive sooo much more than I give!), and now MK gives me even more people to know and love.  Weird combo, huh?!  Quilting and Mary Kay??!!  Imagine my great surprise when our make-up artist Lori Hogg trained us in "color correction" -- how the color wheel helps determine what we can use to conceal skin discolorations and blemishes...COOL!! I know color wheel stuff!!!!!

I have qualified for the "Court of Sales" -- a major accomplishment for this newbie and totally NOT possible without the fabulous people who buy from me and (can you believe it!?! LOL) trust me when I talk about make-up.  This plain-jane homeschool mom has enjoyed the unlikely transformation to "glamour guru."  LOL

But it's not without some serious pitfalls!! The business!? GREAT! MK is a fabulous product. The recognition...?  Well, I thought I wanted it....

Enter Exhibit A...

Black Sequined Dress.

The Court of Sales includes a Royalty Reception complete with formal attire, an appearance on stage at our convention (Seminar in  Dallas!!), and if I'm #1 in my national area (I'm currently #2) or my Division (I'm currently #18), a speech.  That's been my motivation.  To talk about a life well lived.  To talk about making a difference.  To talk about Sam.  LOVE! LOVE!!

The dress is a size (or so! :-(  too SMALL.

Vanity, thy name is IDIOT!!! LOL
So I'm working out.  Walking 3+ miles every day. Step Aerobics three times a week.  Weight Watchers.  I have 7 weeks.

Aren't there better ways to spend my time!?!?!  Perhaps a little machine quilting?

I'm still very much a novice on my home machine.  But I'm enjoying the process.  This "little Jo" -- a Jo Morton pattern (can't remember the name) from her club -- is a veritable eye feast of her fabrics and colors. 

The original was square...I got so wrapped up in those quarter-square-triangles that I ended up with a rectangular quilt.  Can't wait to put on the binding!!

I'll be binding another quilt before long.  Judi Madsen at Green Fairy Quilts emailed today that she hoped to finish Sam's Darlin' Hearts very soon.  Be watching her blog for pics!!
I worry that I won't fit into my dress.  That my hard work will be for nothing!! :-)  In quilting there is always a payoff.  Same with a walk with God!!

The apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15: 57-58, "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."

Isn't that a great promise!?  I like knowing that what I invest with Christ is not vanity. 

Unlike the fiasco my black-sequin-dress may prove to be! LOL! :-D  And in case I get discouraged, I need to remember how to weigh....

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StitchinByTheLake said...

Mary Lou your posts are such a blessing to me. :) I too started Weight Watchers this week (for the fourth or fifth time!) and I'm hoping for the best but knowing that my hope doesn't lie in the weight loss, but in my Savior. I'll be praying that you are able to fit into that dress and that you will be able to speak at your convention so that your words will bless others in the way you do me. blessings, marlene

Taryn said...

Congratulations on your MK achievement!! My niece is a director (not sure which level) in North Carolina and the business has been such a blessing for her and her family. She is a proud driver of a pink Cadillac! Good luck with your project of fitting in that dress. I've let some pounds creep onto me and need to get busy with some excercise and self control. I think there might be some wedding bells (for my sons) beginning to toll in the next year and I'd like to be ready to fit into an smaller dress than I can today.

antique quilter said...

I know you will fit into that dress, I am routing you on!
love the quilt...

Sarah Craig said...

You WILL fit in that dress - especially if you keep up like you've been going! I need to do the same thing - but it's so hard to get started. Congratulations on your MK achievements - that's amazing!! And your quilt is beautiful...

Shelley said...

two words...duct tape! Works better than a girdle lol!!!

Miss Hillbilly said...

Best of luck to you. I think the outlet is good for you...getting out and talking to people.

Lori said...

Congrats Mary Lou on your MK success. You can do it! Go girlfriend go!

Teresa Rawson said...

Beautiful dress...good luck with your goals. I'm still at it with the weight loss and life changes, and trying to find my life again after daughter, who just turned 15, is now a little more independent. I wish you lived closer...I need a makeover from someone who knows what they are doing, LOL!! Good luck with your new career...sounds like things are going well for you!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Lynette said...

Hey, congratulations on your MK success. :D I've been out of the blog loop for this cross-country move, but now I'm almost back to a regular rhythm. What a gorgeous motivator to not shirk off the daily power walks! I'm frustratingly waiting for a knee injury to heal up enough to start my daily 5-milers again. Sure helps slough the pounds off when you can put in a good, hard hour of walking every single day!

Anonymous said...

...and where are you, Mary Lou? Been going through my reader looking for those who haven't posted in a while. Miss your posts!

... Karen
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise.

Marilyn Popplewell said...

Oh my goodness, I've been weighing myself all wrong all these years. Love your sight. Blessings.

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