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30 January 2011

A Pair of Red Shoes

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Angela and her recruiter Merna

Hello Priscilla!  I hope this finds you enjoying your day and counting your blessings!
 
I want to tell you a story about a remarkable woman.  Two and a half years ago, Angela Kucera was shopping at WalMart in Omaha, NE.  A Mary Kay consultant named Merna who had recently moved from Kansas, noticed Angela's bright red shoes.  She approached her and said, "Oh, I love your shoes!  I'm from Kansas and they make me homesick! (referring to the movie "the Wizard of Oz.")  She then introduced herself and asked Angela if she had ever been treated to a Mary Kay facial.  Angela said no, that she would be delighted to receive a free facial!  Within the week, Angela had fallen in love with our wonderful product, attended a Mary Kay Success meeting and became a beauty consultant.  Since that time Angela has been a diligent Mary Kay consultant with a strong commitment to her over seventy customers.  She has recruited eleven women, and has rarely if ever missed her Monday Success meeting.
 
Several months ago, twenty-seven year old Angela began experiencing some disturbing physical symptoms.  After repeated tests and examinations, her doctors diagnosed her with cervical cancer.  She was immediately scheduled for radiation treatments and subsequent chemotherapy.
 
Shortly after her diagnosis, the man in her life whom she believed she would eventually marry, broke off the relationship.  She was then laid off by the company for whom she worked.  It was at this time that Angela realized she was COMPLETELY dependent upon her Mary Kay business for her rent, car payment, costly monthly health insurance and other expenses.  She also realized that God has a very special plan for her life. 
 
Angela told me, "Priscilla, if I hadn't had my Mary Kay career, I would have collapsed in hopelessness, fear and despair after my diagnosis and so many devastating losses.  But I know that God will never leave me, and I have my Mary Kay business to continue to build my dreams."
 
Last month in Omaha at the annual January Jumpstart, something truly AMAZING occurred. Million Dollar Director Amie Gamboian,(Angela's adopted director), NSD Deb Pike and NSD Stacy James,who were the leaders of the workshop became aware of Angela's challenges.  Between these generous leaders and the hundreds of Mary Kay consultants present, nearly FIFTY-FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS were raised for Angela to help ease the financial stress she is under and allow her to have the resources to continue her fight to regain her health. 
 
I'm sure you can only imagine how OVERWHELMING this was for Angela, who was overcome with gratitude and shock!  She said to me,"The understanding that my Mary Kay family cares SO much for me is DEEPLY humbling!" 
 
Oh my, how Mary Kay Ash would have LOVED this wonderful story!  In her wisdom, she understood that life often involves challenges, heartbreak and disappointment.  Having lived through plenty of all three, she created a culture of support in which she could teach us how to care for one another, how to REALLY make a difference in people's lives.
 
Angela is SO THANKFUL that she was wearing her PRETTY RED SHOES that day in WalMart!   And she is SO THANKFUL that Merna noticed her shoes, paid her a sincere compliment and offered her a free facial! 
 
It's funny, how little things can mean so much.  Incredible miracles, large and small, often occur when we are "faithful in the little things!"
 
Angela called me last evening and said, "Priscilla, I knew my rent was due in a few days, so I got on the phone this weekend (during the blizzard) and called forty of my good customers."  Within THREE days Angela sold OVER THIRTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS~~ $700 plus in reorders, and a skin care party with three women with sales of over $500!!  
 
As Angela continues to receive treatment for her cancer, she knows that her Heavenly Father will care for her as she continues to trust in Him. She also knows that she will CONTINUE to enrich women's lives as a soon to be Sales Director, in Mary Kay's words, "to pass it on!"
 
Invited to speak at our Lawrence, KS Power Night last week, Angela told us that one of the challenges she has chosen to overcome is her fear of needles and having her blood drawn.  To remind her of God's love and care for her, she asked a friend who is a tattoo artist to tattoo her favorite Bible reference on the area of her arm from which the nurses draw blood, "In Mary Kay Cadillac PINK!" 
 
This is what the verse says:
 
"Be strong and courageous, and do the work.  Do NOT be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work is finished!" 1 Chronicles 28:20.
 
Thank you for taking the time to read Angela's story!
 
Blessings and love to you today,
Priscilla
 

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Priscilla McPheeters
Circle of Excellence Executive Senior Sales Director
www.legacyarea.com
priscilla@marykay.com