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Friday, October 31, 2014

Day 304-October 31, 2014

It is Halloween! I have my goody bags ready for tonight and have my costume all planned out. I will be a Mary Kay Construction Worker. I am using my Pink hard hat from work and hubby's old tool belt from when he built houses. I will have the goody bags in my pouch to give out. I will be handing them out at the church and then sending texts and messages on Facebook to local friends to get pampering sessions booked. I am also going to talk to a couple of people about getting together at my house for a practice session. I will also look at youtube videos and the ones on the website and see about how to do one. I will talk to my upline as well about how to do one. I will talk to hubby tonight about using our house next weekend for the open house.


I will take my markers tonight and make my signs and put them on boxes and such. I am also going to get with my upline and see what we can do for black Friday or something like that.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Day 303-October 30, 2014

It is the day before Halloween. Not only am I no where near my goal of 6 Satin Hands Sets by tomorrow night but I also have to finish getting my goody bags ready for the party tomorrow night. I have so much I want to do. I am looking for $450 in orders and I have $112 and waiting on one $35 payment. That leaves me $303 to get to my goal. Then I can get my 50% commission. I may just go ahead and order what I have and then go from there. I have emailed my upline to get ideas and will be posting about $10 items and such. I will also have a drawing that everyone that places an order over $20 gets in a drawing for a free gift. I am also going to talk to a few people about catalog parties for me and then maybe set up this weekend somewhere with a sign to see your MK consultant. I am going to get a few things made up too like goody bags. I am going to do an envelope drawing too.


I am not feeling very well this morning and hubby was ill last night. I hope there is not something going around. I can't afford to be sick. I can't take off work if I do get sick. I will be, from here out, what time I am not at my day job I am full on Mary Kay until I get to my goal. I am going to call my cousin Kathy about setting up outside her shop for a few hours this weekend and do on the spot pamper sessions. I still need to find out if my upline has gotten with the local director to help me get to my $450 goal. I will also message a friend of mine that does it too and see if she can help me with ideas. I know she will help me.


I just checked my PayPal and one person has paid for a Satin Hands Set. YAY! Only 5 more to go by tomorrow night. I can't wait! I am so excited! I am thinking about if I can't set up at my cousin's beauty salon then I will just find a place and set up. I will have my chair, my bag and my sign. I can do the pampering session on their hands and go from there. I will do this but have to get my head straight. I know I keep saying that but it is true. I have to keep telling myself it will happen and that I will get there and stop getting discouraged. I have to stop getting it in my head that I might not be able to do it. I just have to remind myself that it will come and to do one thing at a time. I have to remember that I don't have to do it all...at least not all at once. I just have to get over this one hurdle and I will be good to go. I have send the email to my upline and just waiting on a response. I still have six more hours of work and I can get started so there is still time. I will message my friend on my lunch break along with some others about getting orders. I have a sample set of the Satin Hands so I will use that as a prize to get orders. I really want to do this. I truly am excited and want to get to the point where I can quit my job. I will get these orders and once I am there I will find out what I need to make Saphire status and go from there.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Day 302-October 29, 2014

I created my first $35000 list and before bed last night I had 3 of the 6 completed. I put the 3 that were left on  the top of my list and added 3 more. We had our conference call last night and I have set my goal to have 6 Satin Hands Sets sold by Halloween. They are $35 each plus tax. That is $38.41 total after tax. I am even going to tell people that I will wrap it up for the holidays. I am going to call it "Thankful 4 Mom" Set. I am also going to take a picture of hubby's cracked feet and then use the Satin Hands on them and then take the after picture in a few days to show how well it works. I will do that in a few days though.


I am still feeling a little under the weather but that is okay. I will still carry on. I have to. I am starting a newsletter as well to send out through email from my website that will feature the hostesses and things coming up. That should help me too. I am going to tell everyone that I am starting this news letter and that I will be sending emails and that all I need is their email address. Then we will go from there.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Day 301-October 28, 2014

Tuesday morning and I feel a little better than yesterday. I did accomplish most of the things on my $35,000 list. I made a new one and will put it on a post it note to keep on my planner to see all the time. I also called and spoke to my Director last night and she was telling me that to place my first $225 order that I need $450 in retail sales. I have $112.55 so that leaves $337.45 so she told me to sell 5 Satin Hands Sets and that would get me there. She told me that for my first "party" that $112.55 was a good start. And I have contact info for six new customers including my hostess. Those are leads and not a bad start to them either.


I told my Director that I made my list and that I read the book and she told me that most Consultants don't read the book and that she has seen that the ones that do seem to grasp the concept of Mary Kay better. While I was meeting with my hostess we started sharing ideas and are talking about doing a few things together. I explained to my Director that my goal was to set up and give out info at hubby's tournaments next season and she said that we could not sell at those but it was a great way to get leads. I told her my goal was to get pampering sessions booked from them. The sales would come after that. I also want to save up and have hubby build me an office. Not just an office but a place where I can hold these sessions if a hostess tells me she doesn't have room in her home. I know I can get him to build it. But first things first. Once I start getting sessions booked and get the orders coming in I will be able to get to my ultimate goal of being a sahm.


My daughter has a field trip today to the Nature Center and I would have loved to have gone with her but having to work, I couldn't. She told me last night that she understood and then her and her little sister asked me what they needed to do to help me be able to. I love that my kids and my hubby are being so supportive. Seems like we are all getting closer now and that is one of the things I wanted was a better relationship with my family.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Day 300-October 27, 2014

Monday morning and I am exhausted but in a good mood. We didn't get back until way late last night but it was worth the trip. I have a lot to do today after my day job. I have to meet with a hostess right after work and pick up her orders from her catalog party. I then have to go home and get all the info entered and then get it paid. I will then count my commissions. This will be my first set of orders so I am excited to see how I did. I know it will not be much but it will be a start and that is all I need. All of my commissions are being used to get inventory with. That is money that will not be touched. I can't wait to see how much though. I told my hostess that I would give her 10% off of her order or one item at half off whichever is larger. The thing with my MK business is that I can do it how I want. I will still make money.


I am also going to make my goals list and tonight I will make my affirmations on post it notes and leave them on my planner since it pretty much goes everywhere with me. I have to log my miles too for the meeting so that I can keep up with how many miles I am putting on my car for "work." Let's get this thing started.

Day 299-October 26, 2014

I spent the entire day at the ball field all day again and didn't get home until after midnight. That was a long day and a long drive. But while there, I finished reading my MK book, thought about a few things and had time to bounce ideas off of hubby on the way home. I know he was tired but he still listened and gave his input. There were a couple of ideas that he thought that I should wait on, like, the 10 party day, until I get a little inventory built up and I have to agree. He did tell me that I need to make signs. Not flyers, but signs. He told me that I have all of that printer paper and post office shipping boxes that are just sitting there. He told me to create and print some signs to put on the car while we are parked, some to post around town and he would help me put them up. I did tell him that I wanted enough inventory built up by the first of next year so that I can set up at his ball tournaments and told him that the kids could help me. He said that would be good and that the kids could help me make goody bags with info and they could hand them out as people walked in the gates and then if they were interested that they could come to the booth when time was good for them. I told him we made a good team.


I did tell him that in the MK "Bible" that Mary Kay does talk about a $35,000 list. I explained the list and he told me that this would be a good thing for me to start doing. But told me that I first needed to make a list of my long term goals and break them down into smaller goals and then create my list from those smaller goals. I was already going to make the list but didn't think about it in that aspect. I told him that the book said that it was important for my family to understand why I am doing this. He understands why. He knows I am not happy with my job and knows I am doing what I feel I need to do to change it. It was amazing to get to go out of town with him this weekend just the two of us (even if most of the time we were on the field) but not so amazing knowing that getting in after midnight that I still had to get up and go to my day job. I told him that there WILL be a day where we can all pick up and go out of town with him and not have to worry about getting up for work the next day or being tired before the trip even begins because of working all day the day we leave. I know I won't be able to really work on my $35,000 list until I get off of work each day but I can and will do this. I also told him that there WILL also be a day where we can wake up, get the kids off to school, get everything done (work wise) and be done by the time the kids get home from school and all the bills be paid and still have money after all is said and done. I am not looking to get rich but I am looking to better myself and my family's situation. I want us to be able to look at a field trip slip from our kids' school and not have to wait until the last minute to pay the fee because we have to wait until one of us gets paid.


I was talking to hubby last night too and told him that I have busted my butt at a job that I am not happy with and pushing forward when I didn't feel like it (being sick, depressed, etc) and did it so that he could get established in a "career" that he loves and enjoys (he umpires baseball and I have never seen him happier) and that now it was time for me to get myself established in a career that I love. He agreed. I told him that I would not quit my job until I knew we could afford it but that I was going to need his help getting started. He is behind me whole heartedly. This will work.


I am going to make my list of long term goals, break them down to short term goals to help me get there and then send to my upline to see where I need to go from here to get there. My upline has been amazing. For the first time in my life I honestly feel like I can do this. It may take me longer than the 365 days stated in the title of this blog but I will still post and keep updates until I get there. Then it will be Day 1 as a sahm. Let's do this.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Day 298-October 25, 2014

Sitting at the ball field all day I see a sea of pink from not only parents but players. The more I see sports supporting breast cancer awareness the more I respect the sports themselves. But it has made me think. I have been going about life the wrong way. Worrying about the bad coming about and less about the beauty behind it all. As much as I want to e a sahm the more determined I am becoming. I was reading the autobiography that came with my MK kit and every word seems like she is talking right to me...and to my heart. That is where I need to start. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Day 297-October 24, 2014

Here it is Friday. I have one hostess that I am meeting with on Monday to get the orders that she has collected. She told me last night that she has 3 of the 5 orders that she was asked to get. I told her that she would get one item half off or 10% off of her order whichever was greater. I cannot wait to see what she gets. This will be my first order and I am going to see about using the profits to get things for my inventory. I need to get an inventory built up. But I want to find out what sell best. I am going to email my upline for suggestions. I have an amazing upline and have already gotten more support from them in the three weeks I have been with them than I did the entire time I was with Avon, Initials Inc or Thirty-One.


I am looking forward to some of the things that I have in the works. Like trying for one of the 10 parties in a day. Just have to figure that one out. I will talk to hubby this weekend and see what we can do. He will help me out. He always does.


When I leave my day job today, we are taking the kids to my mom's and leaving for a weekend of baseball tournaments and alone time with hubby. I can't wait.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day 296-October 23, 2014

Yesterday was completely draining. I am so exhausted still but am back at my day job today. I will be sitting at home today and getting things done for MK. I have a couple of ideas. I am figuring out what day I can do the 10 party day. Where you hold two parties, five separate times per day. Just have to get my details together. I have also been thinking about 24for24in24. That is 24 orders for $24 each in 24 hours. Maybe that will generate some leads. I will also do envelopes tonight for discounts and let them chose Deal or No Deal. We will see.

Day 295-October 22, 2014

I didn't do anything. Took the day off from my day job (unfortunately don't have vacation days until the first of the year so I don't get paid...another reason I want to be a sahm) but had to take the girls to the dentist for their cleaning, then take them to school. Then I went to the funeral home for Hubby's godmother's funeral with him. I was close to her too so it was emotional for all of us. Then went to spend time with their family for a little while until time to get the kids off the bus from school. After that, I went to the doctor (ours is open late) to find out why I have not gotten rid of this cough after 6 months. The doctor got on to me for not coming in sooner. Come to find out I have severe bronchitis and said that it could have turned into pneumonia. Now I am on antibiotics and steroids. Big fun.


In hind sight I could have taken some goody bags into the dentist and the school but was thinking more about the funeral and getting there on time. It has really been a long day. Tomorrow back to official MK business.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 294-October 21, 2014

I have a couple of errands to run after work so when I finish those I am going to be full on MK until the conference call tonight. Then after that my favorite show comes on to help me forget about all of the crap of today. I am over this job. It is nothing but cliques here and high school behavior. I am too old for this.


I am going to look at getting some bags and ink for my printer to get some goody bags together and sit out somewhere with a sign stating to come and get their free MK goody bag. I am going to get a couple of friends that are in direct sales in my area to get out there with me.


I will work on some of that tonight and talk about it in the conference call.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Day 293-October 20, 2014

I will be taking the night off from Mary Kay. I am going to the funeral home with hubby tonight. His best friend lost his mom Saturday to cancer so we are going to show our support. My son has come back to his home base from deployment so he is back on American soil. We might get to see our granddaughter this week too. I will still be posting on FB tonight when I get home but not doing much more than that. I will be doing the same thing on Tuesday but will be going to the funeral Wednesday and then it is back to the MK business.


I am going to sit down and post and message people that I talk to on a regular basis and get people signed up for the emails to get my business going. I am also going to make a list of places to send flyers to. I have set a couple of goals and am on my way to meeting them.


1-Book 3 sales appointments
2-Get 1 recruit
3-Book 2 beauty classes
4-Get 2 new customer orders


I met with a customer yesterday to give her some order forms and a catalog to get orders with. I told her that I would give her one item at half off or 10% in free product, whichever was greater.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day 292-October 19, 2014

I met with a customer today to give her the info for a catalog party she is doing for me. I am messaging a couple of other people to do catalog shows for me. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Day 291-October 18, 2014

I added some samples to the ziplock bags for Halloween. I am trying to figure out a few more little things to put in there.  Hubby is out of town working until tomorrow and then. There's also the picnic at the church that the kids are going to with their grandfather. I am going to clean out my car and then work on my sewing machine and work on the hand warmers. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Day 290-October 17, 2014

I found out last night about a picnic at the church this weekend so I made some goody bags to take to the ladies of the church. I am going to hand them out while I am there. I have a few more things to put in them and they should be good to go. I am thinking about having an open house one weekend here soon when I know hubby will be gone. I may talk to my cousin about doing it at her house. I am also going to start posting and messaging about doing one on one appointments. I need to get my envelope parties going.


I heard from my son and he messaged me about 1am and told me he was at the airport. It is almost a 12 hour flight from Kosovo to Ft Hood. I just hope he makes it home safe. It is going to be a long day waiting on him to let me know he has landed.


Hubby will be gone all weekend so I can work on the tension on my sewing machine and get some of the hand warmers done this weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Day 289-October 16, 2014

I advertised a little last night but have a couple of things to do that I am looking at. I have decided instead of making gift bags using the Halloween ones at the Dollar Tree that I will use the Ziploc bags I have at home. They are snack size but will work. I will have my kids bring me some shiny pennies to put in there too. I will work on that tonight. Instead of getting confetti for the bags I will take orange and black yarn and cut little pieces to decorate them up. I have it all planned out.


I am also going to post my own thing about the $100 in free MK from my director on my FB page as well as on some of the yard sale groups for my area.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Day 288-October 15, 2014

We had a conference call last night and we have a couple of challenges. We have to get 5-6 women to do bag parties where we give them an envelope for the money and we give them a book and order form and go from there. They have to get $100 + tax from at least 5-6 of their family and friends with contact info. This will also help get the money together for more inventory so that we can go from there. Then we have to book classes off of those that order from us. Every one that books a class gets in a drawing for $100 in free product and they get their name entered once for booking and then once for every guest they invite and then the drawing will be the middle of next month.


I am also challenged to get at least 2 people over for a class to practice. I am challenged to make goody bags with info in them to hand out at the Halloween party at the church to the moms. I am also wanting to make bags up to put in baskets and ask if I can set the basket up at my cousin's salon. I also want to talk to a couple of ladies about taking baskets of goody bags to their offices and see what happens.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Day 287-October 14, 2014

I spoke to my Mary Kay director last night and we were talking about getting my business off the ground. I was talking to her about "tossing bags" and Pink Lady Bags and such. She has challenged me to do two things. I have to have two people over to do a "test" class for and get their opinions on how I did and help me get my presentation jitters gone. And I have to do some goody bags of MK and hand out at the church on Halloween. I am going to dress up and wear my MK pin and hand them out. I can't wait. Maybe this will help me get started.


I also still need to do my FRANK list again. I will do that tonight. I also want to look over the things in my kit again and go from there.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Day 286-October 13, 2014

I emailed an idea this morning to my upline. When I was with JuJuBelle we had this thing called Princess Parties where the parents would buy the kits and they would let the kids make their own necklaces at the parties. I want to do that same concept with my Mary Kay. I was thinking about getting together bundles and then sending invites where they would pay a discounted price for the bundle and they would come and listen to me talk about the products, the opportunity, and any specials I wanted to offer. I would have them "reserve" their spot at the party and that would be all they would pay and I would have the product on hand already packaged for them. I am also posting for the holidays that if you order for someone else you get items free and I even gift wrap it for them.


I have decided that I am going to go through my FRANK list and start it over. I am going revamp that list and then contact them about Mary Kay. Then I will start making my list of doctors offices and dentists offices as well as hair and nail salons to take "baskets" into that will have books, order forms and a contest for the hostess rewards. We will see how that turns out.

Day 285-October 12, 2014

Watched movies and curled up on the couch all day but still posted in several groups on Facebook. I thought about a few ideas for getting a customer base but don't know how to go about implementing them. That is what I have an upline for, to get ideas.


I talked to my son most of the day and he gets to come back to the state on Friday. I posted about ordering for others and getting product for free and me even gift wrapping them. Maybe I will get some hits from that. I am going to sit with my computer paper (since I don't have ink right now) and make flyers to post all over town. I am also looking at some other advertising ideas that are inexpensive or free to do as well.


I have been fighting a headache as well as not sleeping. I think it might be time to go to the doctor.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Day 284-October 11, 2014

Didn't do a lot but did make a few posts about Mary Kay. I'm planning on posting a lot today and talking to some people about getting orders for me. I am also going to post about taking baskets to the local offices. I'm going to offer a free item. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Day 283-October 10, 2014

It is finally Friday. I am going to work on getting a couple of people under me in the hopes that I can start building my team. I am going to get with my upline tonight and see what tips she has and what tips she has to get started getting orders. I am also going to work on baskets this weekend and things to get together to take to different offices. I will start making my list of salons and offices to see what I can do there. I am going to also start making a list of addresses in my area to toss advertisements to. I will then work on ideas to create advertisements to toss. Maybe look into the Penny advertisement that my upline talked about.


I am not feeling well so most of this weekend I will be resting and working from the couch. I have horrible heart burn and just don't have much energy.


I am trying to figure out what I need to put in the bags. I can go to the dollar tree in the morning and get what I need but just have to decide what to put in them.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Day 282-October 9, 2014

I did advertise a little last night but not like I wanted. I have a couple of things planned to do between now and Monday. We have had some personal issues going on. We had an altercation with my stepdaughter and with everything that is going on we find out we are going to be grandparents again. She is 17 and pregnant with her second child and neither child has the same father. We have been working with CPS and hopefully we will have custody of the baby here soon and can go for the new baby once he or she is here. It is stressful but I have my work and Mary Kay to keep me busy.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Day 281-October 8, 2014

Okay. Here is what I am working on.


  1. Referral Program: Every person that refers someone to me gets one item 1/2 off up to three people.
  2. Pick a prize: Every person that places an order over $20 gets to pick an envelope with prizes that can be anything from a free item to % off of an item or anything else.
  3. Mystery Hostess: Everyone that places an order gets their name in the hat for every $10 they spend with me. Order must be placed through me. Once we get to $225 in orders three people get a free gift from me.
  4. Phone-a-thon: From 6-9pm two nights and everyone that places an order over $30 gets one item 25% off.
I am going to email this to my upline and see what she thinks. I will also work on the things in the email that she sent me.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Day 280-October 7, 2014

I started a raffle today to get some sales going. I have also started advertising about my Pink Lady Project today. I will try to get the raffle going and see how that goes. I will sit down and see what other ideas I can come up with. Hope all goes well. Today is hubby's birthday so I will be spending time with him as well.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Day 279-October 6, 2014

I am sitting here at work and I am completely exhausted from not getting much sleep over the weekend. This week will be filled with not only my full time job as usual but also me talking to people about my Mary Kay business and Pink Lady Project. I was going to create an event but instead I think I am going to make a list of all of my friends on my friends list and then add them to my group and post in there. People pay closer attention to things in groups than in events anyway. Most people don't even look at the event. I am going to post about it and email about it and see where it goes. I am also going to add a hash tag to every post too no matter where I post it on Facebook. That way when someone clicks on it, they will see all of the posts linked to it. I am going to talk to some of my friends about letting me tag them in posts about the project. That way their friends will see it too. I will be talking to my upline and I want to do this Pink Lady Project twice a year. Once to have them delivered by November 17th which is my aunt's birthday and by March 16th which is the anniversary of her passing. One will celebrate her life and one will celebrate her passing. I am going to talk to my friend's wife and see if she is up for it.

Day 278-October 5, 2014

I sent an email to my upline with a little more info about what I want to do and have gotten a great response and also have thought about making fliers to post all over town advertising it. Maybe we can get this thing going. If I cut it off on October 31st then I have time to get the items I need to do make the gift bags and have them ready to drop off by November 17th. I just have one more thing to do. I had told a friend of mine that I would help his wife get her Mary Kay business started so I am going to recruit her for my Pink Lady Project. That will help both of us get our businesses off the ground. This way I can get mine going and still keep my word to my friend. I will text her today and see if she is up for it.

Day 277-October 4, 2014

I didn't work on my crafts because football was on. I had been up most of the night before because my stepdaughter was at the ER because of being dehydrated only to find out that she was pregnant again (her daughter is only 4 months old...btw) but we are going to handle whatever is thrown at us. I did, however, go over some of the videos on the Mary Kay website and look over the material some. I got an email from my upline telling me about an idea to get sales and said we could tweak it however we wanted. I decided that instead of doing an adopt a senior I would do an adopt a warrior or pink lady project. It will be getting bundles together for ladies with Breast Cancer. I am thinking about recruiting some friends to help me with this. That way I can get it going and tell them that for every order over $50 that someone places with me that an Pink Lady bundle will be donated in their name to a Breast Cancer patient to help pamper them while they are taking treatments. Each bundle will have info on my Aunt that I am basing this around and then go from there.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Day 276-October 3, 2014

I looked over some of the MK website last night. My kit should be at the house today and I can get started. I will spend the weekend talking to people and letting people know what I am doing now. I am going to get with my upline (my best friend) and work out a game plan.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Day 275-October 2, 2014

Well, I did it. Not only am I signed up as a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant but also have my website set up. I have had enough people so far sign up for boot camp that I had enough to pay the one year fee of $30 for my website. I don't have to pay that again until October of next year. My kit has shipped so I can go from there. Now, when I get home this afternoon I am going to get my sewing machine working and then get to looking over the material on my website and see what I am looking at and what I need to know. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Day 274-October 1, 2014

Well, I still have not gotten to the point where I can quit my job but still working on it. I still have not had anyone sign up for boot camp but one good thing did happen last night. My best friend is a senior consultant with Mary Kay and has been asking me to join her team and I told her I wanted to and that I was going to use some of the money from boot camp to sign up. Well, as a gift to me, because she is the best friend a girl could ask for, she paid for me to sign up. So now I am a Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay! I am actually happy about this. I love their products so why not sell them...right?


Here is what I have planned. There is another rep that is the wife of a friend of mine in this area and I am going to get with her and map out an area of "attack" (so to speak) and plan out our game plan. We are going to help each other with this. I promised her husband I would help her and I am going to do that. I am still going to do my craft business but I am concentrating on this too. I have a great leader in my best friend. Wish me luck.