This evening I attended a Mary Kay Bingo rally with a couple friends. One has recently become a consultant and invited us to go along with her to score some free products, or so we thought. We were crammed into a small(ish) hotel conference room with about 100 other women and 2 bags of Cool Ranch Doritos; right away I noticed it was not a good ratio. The emcee was a woman from our area who had crazy high sales and was at the top of the chain in whatever region or section she belonged to. She, very enthusiastically, proceeded to tell us how wonderful and lavish her life is and how her goal is to get every consultant to the level she's at. She called up the upper levels of consultants for testimonials and goals and more enthusiasm about Mary Kay makeup. I hate to say this because I know it sounds like a stereotype or a generalization or whatever, but at one point it started to feel a lot like a cult (or a non-denominational church with too much confidence. Sorry I had to say it, you know what I'm talking about). Anyway, even with the foundation caked smiles and over-the-top enthusiasm I did manage to take something away from the experience: a plan b. These women have managed to create a business and a backup plan for themselves. That's definitely more than I can say for myself at this point. I work for an insurance broker who I'm sure is crapping his pants daily in fear of the government nationalizing health care. There have been other assistants in our office who have had their hours cut already and I didn't think it could happen to me. Well, it's time for me start creating a plan b. I could panic and worry and not do anything OR I could take control of my future and see this as a blessing in disguise. I'm not really into the idea of being a make up, party food, or sex toy consultant, but I would love to have my own small side business. I am considering my options carefully and will post updates and hopefully a conclusion will be reached within the next month.
Thanks for always being there for me,