I'm an East Coast girl through and through. Growing up in Maryland, right outside of Washington D.C., summers meant weekend trips to Ocean City, MD, crab and shrimp feasts, hanging out with friends at the neighborhood pool and the park (actually an old fort built along the Potomac River to prevent attacks on DC.)
I fell in love with The Beatles as a young girl, and after all these years I still love them! I was lucky to see both George and Ringo in concert, during my concert heyday. Finally, in recent years, I've seen my favorite, Paul McCartney, twice. The first time I had my then 18 year old daughter with me, and let me just say, I felt like I was 18 again on the drive to the concert! The second time was for the whole family - my husband, three kids (now grown), and my sister who I used to borrow records from.
I went to college at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with a major in communication arts. I got a job at the local newspaper, but after awhile decided to pursue my MBA. During that time period I got married and became the Marketing Director and then General Manager of the local mall. My husband and I spent several years in Des Moines, Iowa, me with my corporate office and John at a small college. The jobs were good, the people were wonderful, but after our first child was born we knew we wanted to get back East where both of our families were.
We settled in Fredericksburg VA where John works at University of Mary Washington. I love our charming downtown, and being halfway between DC and Richmond. Of course, I still love the beach, but now trips are usually to Virginia Beach.
I was lucky to be able to stay home with my kids, but when the youngest started school I began feeling the itch to do something for myself in addition to being a mom. I had worked with lots of entrepreneurs in my previous career, but didn't want to do anything that tied me to a specific location and a demanding schedule. Total independence and freedom was for me! I still wanted to be the full-time mom.
Around this time I was introduced to the Mary Kay business opportunity, and although I had never even considered Direct Sales, I was blown away by what I found out. Unlimited income potential, make your own schedule, be your own boss, and the significant tax deductions that come with an at home business. I found out there was free training and support at every level of the business, including selling, marketing, leadership and best business practices.
But the icing on the cake was that I would be working with women, helping them look their best and empowering them to go after their own dreams.
As Mary Kay said, every day I help a woman feel better about herself is a great day!