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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

A Recipe That Will Make You Smile

Priscilla and Abby

The following is a recipe you may enjoy trying for the holidays! Read it and smile!  :-)
May the Lord bless you richly this beautiful season!


Best Fruit Cake Ever!

1 Cup Butter                   
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
1 Cup Sugar                    
1 Tsp. Salt
4 Large Eggs                   
Lemon Juice
1 Cup Dried Fruit           
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tsp. Baking Powder    
1 or 2 Quarts of Whiskey
Before you start, sample the whiskey to check for quality.  Good isn't it?  Now, go ahead--select a large mixing bowl, measuring cup, etc.  Check the whiskey again as it must be just right and to be sure the whiskey is of the highest quality.  Pour one (1) level cup into a glass and drink as fast as you can.  Repeat.  With the electric mixer, beat one cup butter in a large fluff bowal.  Add the thugar and beat again.

Meanwhile, make sure the whickey is of the finest quality.  Try another tup.  Open the second quart of whickey if necessary.  Add 2 urge leggs, 2 cups of fried druit and beat till high.  If druit gets stuck in beaters, just pry it loose with a screwdriver.  Sample the whickey again, checking for tonscisiticity.  Then sift 3 cups salt or anything--it really doesn't matter.  Sample the whickey for quality.  Sift 1/2 pint lemon juice.  Fold in chopped butter and strained nuts.  Add one babblespoon of brown thugar or whater color you can find and wix mell.  Grease oven and turn cake pan to 35 degrees.  Now pur the whole mess into the cover and ake.  Check the whickey again for quality and bo to ged.



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Priscilla McPheeters
Circle of Excellence Executive Senior Sales Director


Eileen's Blessing to Us!

I want to share something very special and personal with you today. This day last year, our precious friend Eileen Huffman passed onto Heaven.  She was a top director in our company and impacted tens of thousands of people with her faith, cheerful attitude and gracious spirit.  When you love someone as much as I loved Eileen, you want to share her life and message with others.

Thank you for allowing me to do so with you!  On November 19th, 2009 Eileen updated her last motivational message to her unit.  Little did we know that only eleven days later she would pass on.  I know that many of her friends and admirers have listened to this message, and I'd like for you to have the opportunity to hear it as well, if you like. 

The message is only six minutes long, and is priceless!

It will also be on our website before long.  If you would like to hear it, call 641-715-3900, access code 20788#.  As you listen, if you'd like to fast forward thirty seconds, press THREE~~ to back it up thirty seconds, press TWO.  To know more about this remarkable woman, check out our website at  Many of her talks and motivational speeches are there, as well as some videos of her life.

Enjoy your day, count your blessings~~ and thanks for being such a special part of my life! 



Eileen's words from caring bridge:

"Family and friends~~If you are reading this entry TODAY that means that God has preserved you for another day! We are to honor Him by putting our energy into the right things!
What is it in life you've been afraid to do or try? I am CHALLENGING  you to  STICK your face into the sun and claim what a glorious day it is to be ALIVE!  I want you to DO SOMETHING YOU'VE FEARED. Step out on FAITH, and  the exhilaration you will feel will let you know YOU ARE ALIVE!!!

love and blessings to you, Eileen"     
Call the Hotline Daily for Inspiration, motivation and recognition!
Priscilla McPheeters
Circle of Excellence Executive Senior Sales Director

Lessons for Life from Gloria

Priscilla and Gloria

Hello! What a GLORIOUS AUTUMN DAY it is!  I hope you are enjoying it.

One of the benefits of Mary Kay I've so enjoyed over the years is the tremendous opportunities we have to be in the space of powerful, positive women.  I had such an opportunity last week in the Kansas City area with Elite Executive National Sales Director Gloria Mayfield Banks, of Ellicott City MD.

Gloria is a dynamic Mary Kay National with a Harvard MBA and is one of our top earners in Mary Kay (over $700,000 per year).  She has been featured in FORTUNE Magazine, been on numerous television programs and just last month spoke on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on the topic of domestic violence, having been the victim of abuse in an early marriage.  Listen to her thoughts on the concept of "CHANGE."

The "C" in the word CHANGE stands for CONFIDENCE.  We must be willing to grow in our confidence!  This is such a wonderful by-product of Mary Kay.  We grow in our people skills, self esteem, skill in our business, goal setting, and a multitude of other areas.  Getting out of our "comfort zone" DOES feel a little uncomfortable, but the PRIZE is GREATER CONFIDENCE!!  Every woman I know values this quality and wishes she had more of it.

The "H" in CHANGE stands for HABITS and HARD WORK!!  When people ask me if I work hard, I always smile and tell them, "yes, I'm happy to tell you that I do work hard and am so blessed to have the stamina and health to do so."  Unlike in my former career as a motivational speaker, I CAN work hard in my Mary Kay without compromising my family and my priorities!

The "A" in CHANGE stands for ATTITUDE.  Our attitude literally determines our happiness or unhappiness in life.  It's the MOST important aspect that we bring to anything we value.....marriage, parenting, friendships, and of course our business.  No one enjoys being around a person with a negative or ungrateful attitude.

The "N" stands for the word NEED.  The MOST SUCCESSFUL people in our business are good at   finding the NEED in others, and helping them to meet that need! 

The "G" in Change stands for GOALS.  People who have clearly defined goals with a time frame invariably are happier, more energetic and less prone to boredom and depression.

The "E" in CHANGE stands for ENERGY!!  Gloria talked to us about proper exercise, nutrition and lifestyle choices.  People who are growing in their attitude and in goals ALSO have far more ENERGY!!

Other great thoughts from Gloria: 

PICK THE RIGHT GOAL for the right season in your life! 

TWO BOOKINGS A DAY in your Mary Kay business will take you to the PINK CADILLAC AND BEYOND!!



NURTURE your COURAGE!  Courage is SO important!!  Without it you will talk yourself out of SO MUCH JOY in LIFE!!!

Wow, thank you Gloria for being willing to pass onto us these GREAT LESSONS!!

So, here's to the RIGHT CHANGES in our lives, and to YOUR SUCCESS!!!

Priscilla McPheeters

Candy Bar Marketing


I hope you're having a great day!  Have you ever wanted to share our business opportunity with someone and didn't know how? 
Here's a  fun and creative way to share our business opportunity.  It's called the "Candy Bar Marketing" and it's something you can share at your skin care parties if you choose.
Just remember to not eat all your props!  ;-)
with love and belief in YOU,

"OK, it's time for a candy break.  I would love to share some of the advantages of having your own business.  Please pay close attention because we'll have a quiz in just a moment!"

These are some of my favorite reasons why women begin a Mary Kay business.

Pay Day represents the money we can make in Mary Kay.  What I love about this is that ANY day can be a PAYDAY.  Some women like to have a PAYDAY once a month, some once a day.  And, even if you're really part-time, this business can come in handy with unexpected expenses by spending some time on the phone to create a PAYDAY.

Big Red Gum represents the advancement and self-promotion that's available in Mary Kay.  Everyone starts exactly the same way.  It doesn't matter where you live, how old you are, what experience you bring with you.  Any Independent Beauty Consultant can choose to move up at any time no matter how long shes been in the business.

Almond Joy represents the JOY of having a business that offers personal growth and self-improvement.  This is the most important part because we believe what makes you beautiful is whats on the inside.  Many women love this business because it allows them to build their confidence, overcome shyness and enjoy personal growth.

3 Musketeers represents the three PRIORITIES that this Company was founded upon: God first, family second and career third.  I truly believe that most women seek to live their lives by these priorities. But often the corporations or employers we work for don't hold this same priority!  Mary Kay, the woman, felt so strongly about this in 1963 that it would be the foundation upon which her Company was built, and it still holds true today, 40 years later.

Milky Way represents that we have NO LIMITS in our business.  Any woman can choose to advance as far as she wants to go.  The sky's the limit!  You may not even be able to see it yet.  It's whatever you want it to be.  Any Consultant can truly set her own goals based on her personal situation.

Life Savers represents our AWESOME PRODUCTS.  To many women, they truly are lifesavers.  And Mary Kay is the best selling brand in the combined categories of facial skin care and color cosmetics based on the most recent industry sales data and actual Mary Kay sales.

Extra Gum represents the EXTRA's that are part of having a home-based business.  They include being your own boss and setting your own hours so you can be with your family when you want to.

Snickers represents the girl fun we have.  Many women are attracted to the Mary Kay business because of the awesome friends you make and the opportunity to meet lots of new women.  Most women need more fun in their lives, wouldn't you agree?

Starburst represents PRAISE and RECOGNITION.  We earn recognition for our efforts and achievements.  We praise people to success AND are rewarded with Cinderella prizes like trips, jewelry even the use of a career car.

100 Grand represents leadership and the opportunity to earn great commissions.  More than 200 Independent National Sales Directors in the U.S. have earned more than $1 million in commissions during their Mary Kay careers.

M & M's represent MEETINGS and MOTIVATION.  Mary Kay is a terrific way to build a business at your own pace with lots of rewards. What sets us apart is the ongoing education and support we receive in our business.

Twizzlers represent the flexibility our opportunity offers.  You can work this business around a very busy life and make it fit your needs.  It will adjust as you shape it into whatever you want it to be.

Now we'll have our quiz.
At this point, the Consultant holds up each item and asks the guests what it represented.
"Now tell me YOUR favorite one and I'll give you the candy bar!"  As guests choose a favorite one consultants ask why they liked that one. 


Call the Hotline Daily for Inspiration, motivation and recognition!

Priscilla McPheeters
Circle of Excellence Executive Senior Sales Director