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A Pair of Red Shoes

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,

Call the Daily Hotline for Inspiration, motivation and recognition!
Priscilla McPheeters
Circle of Excellence Executive Senior Sales Director

Something to Smile About

Mary Kay Ash
I'd like to share with you some wisdom from Mary Kay Ash and her book "From My Heart to Yours."

"A Chinese proverb says 'Man who does not smile must not open shop!'  That still holds true today. The person with a radiant, much-used smile has a far better chance of succeeding than one with a glum, seldom-used smile.  In fact, a smile is more important than the clothes you wear.  For example, perhaps you recently met someone you had not seen in a long time.  You probably remember well how that person looked---smiling and happy or sad and forlorn.  But can you recall what the person was wearing?  Probably not. 
"Abraham Lincoln once said, 'most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.'"
"It's up to us to make up our minds to be happy and grateful.  We can draw people to us when we have smiling faces. Have you ever noticed how we avoid negative people, even unconsciously and yet we are eager to be around those who are happy and smiling?"
"Many years ago I read in a newspaper the story of a small boy who had come in contact with an unguarded live wire.  The wire had touched one side of his face and burned and paralyzed it.  In court the boy's lawyer asked the child to turn toward the jury and smile.  One side of his face smiled while the injured side puckered up in a hideous contortion.  It took the jury only 20 minutes to award the boy $100,000.  That was certified as the legal value of a smile.  If a smile is worth $100,000 when it is lost, then it must be worth at least that much while it still exists.  If you are not using your smile, you are like a person with a million dollars in the bank and no checkbook!  A friendly smile and genuine interest in every person we meet is essential to a successful life.  It also enriches the lives of the people with whom we come into contact.  People often are discouraged and your smile may just give them the courage to hope and continue on.  There is not a better way to spread happiness to others and yourself than to smile!"
Thank you Mary Kay, for these words of wisdom!
"A cheerful look brings JOY to the heart...." Proverbs 15:30

Call the Hotline Daily for Inspiration, motivation and recognition!

Priscilla McPheeters
Circle of Excellence Executive Senior Sales Director

Thriving While Surviving!

Eileen, Priscilla and Julie

Have you ever been at a place in your life when you feel just to "survive" is to succeed?  Then you will be BLESSED by hearing Julie Oltjen's "Thriving while surviving!"
You may remember Julie.....she is a personal recruit and offspring Sales Director of Eileen Huffman....Julie was on dialysis for three years until she received a new kidney this time last year! (I was the blessed donor!) :-)
Julie spoke at our most recent "Taste of Success" workshop.  You'll be inspired and motivated by her fifteen minute talk on how to "Thrive while Surviving!"
It's on our website,, on the homepage.
Enjoy this inspirational message, and feel free to share it with anyone whom you believe will be encouraged by it!
With love and confidence in you,

Call the Hotline Daily for Inspiration, motivation and recognition!

Priscilla McPheeters
Circle of Excellence Executive Senior Sales Director

Hot News!! April 20

Dear Friends!!

Thanks again for your continued faithfulness to your Mary Kay business and your commitment to enriching women's lives!

Our wholesale production for the month of March placed us as the #1 unit in the company out of 10,500 units!!! Thank you for investing in your dreams and enriching women's lives.  Our goal is to be #1 at Seminar this year!!

We have added a very special career conference speech on our website by
Million Dollar Director Jeanie Martin.  In her powerful speech she talks about Top Director Eileen Huffman who passed away December 1st.  Jeanie shares the impact that Eileen continues to make on thousands of people.  I was so impressed with her speech that I want to draw your attention to it and encourage you to listen. It is around 25 minutes long and will empower and touch you.

You may listen online on the
Audio section of our site, as well as on the Podcasts page where you can also download the entire speech if you wish.

Jeanie and Eileen in Sweden enjoying a Top Director Trip!
Priscilla's Hotline: Updated weekly, approximately 15 minutes long. Priscilla's Hotline this week covers the topic "Closing the recruit...overcoming objections." Phone number is 951-262-1059.

Sunday, April 25th Sweet Elite Call at 9:00 p.m. join us with our fantastic guest speaker! 605-475-4860 access code 934998#.

Local upcoming events and announcements
Taste of Success May 15th in Lawrence, KS with
Top Director Andrea Shields. See the Legacy Unit website for the flier.

Quote of the Week
If today you are willing to do what others won't... in the future you'll be able to do what others can't!!
Here's to YOUR SUCCESS!!


Priscilla McPheeters
Circle of Excellence Executive Senior Sales Director

Hot News!!

I have GREAT News!!

Our wholesale production for the month of March placed us as the #1 unit in the company out of 10,500 units!!! Thank you for investing in your dreams and enriching women's lives.  Our goal is to be #1 at Seminar this year!

Scott Huffman

Our Sweet Elite Speaker for this week is Scott Huffman. Call and listen to this encouraging and moving message ...we are so grateful to Scott for continuing to inspire and support us even after the loss of his wife, Top Director Eileen Huffman on December 1, 2009.

The Playback number is  605-475-4898, access code 934998#.  The call will be available for you to listen to until Sunday, April 18th when we will have another fantastic guest speaker!

Priscilla's Hotline: Updated weekly, approximately 15 mins. Phone number is 951-262-1059

*POWER Call Monday at Noon CST OR Wednesday night CST at 9:00. Phone number is 605-475-4860

"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 finished"
1 Chronicles 28:20
Here's to YOUR SUCCESS!!

Priscilla McPheeters
Circle of Excellence Executive Senior Sales Director