Category Archives: Career

Little Lessons in Life

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You are naive if you believe life is going to be perfect all the time. Sometimes life throws curve balls and we have to learn how to hit a home run instead of strike out. I have recently experienced some intense situations in my life. Some I dealt with fairly easily, whileothers have taken me much longer to understand. In the past few years, I have had to learn to remove the negative energy and excuses for why things may be tough and revert it into positive energy and life lessons.

Little Life Lessons

1.  LOVE your family and friends. Don’t just tell them, show them. Take the 2 hour trip to visit your boring grandmother, or call your mom and listen to how tough her day was at work. The people you call family and friends are there for you, so show them how special they are to you. Our days are numbered, and I, personally want my parents, siblings, nieces, friends, etc. to know how important they are to me. We are all busy, but even if you take 10 minutes out of your day to call up someone in your family you haven’t spoken to in a while, or a friend you went to school with, just to see how they are doing and let them know how important they are to you can truly make a person’s day. I know this because, it makes my day when the phone rings and I hear my sweet nieces, or silly sister’s voice on the other end.

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2. Don’t let RELATIONSHIPS consume you. I feel as if some people get too comfortable in relationships. I’m not knocking the idea of love but be sure to be able to love yourself prior to loving another person. If you are honest with yourself and aren’t happy some times as hard as it may be, you have to end the relationship for not only you but also the other person. I recently ended a pretty lengthy relationship due to the fact that I felt as if it consumed me and hindered my future progress as an individual. There was no “cheating”,  I didn’t “hate” him, and there was no major fight to end things. I simply felt my heart wasn’t in it nor was it fair to keep someone in my life because I was “comfortable”. It’s ok sometimes to be uncomfortable for a moment to get your focus where it needs to be. I believe one of the main reasons it has been a mental challenge for him to move on is because he felt as if I was his life. He was an amazing person who no doubt loved me dearly but when things ended, it was difficult for him to stand on his own two feet which in turn made it more difficult for him to move forward.

3. Learn to be INDEPENDENT. I have been pretty blessed to have both a  supportive and encouraging family. My parents have taught me the importance of valuing what you have and hard work. These lessons have molded me into being an independent person. I like being on my own and not asking approval before doing what I want to do. I’m an adult who works hard therefore everything I have done and things I’ve experienced are because I worked for them. I take care of myself and my dog and at the end of the day that’s all I am responsible for. Of course I have had financial set backs, but luckily I have a great support system who will help me get back on track when I may struggle, but I find it important for people to be able to do things for themselves. I think some people may fear being uncomfortable and never learn to do things for themselves.

4. Be MINDFUL of who you let in. Certain people, for example, your family and friends, of course you are going to talk to  about certain things going on in your life, but not everyone you meet needs to know about your personal issues. Some people talk too much while others don’t talk enough. I am very out going and hang out with a lot of people but at the same time, I don’t let certain people I hang out with know too much about me. It’s not that I am being mean or sneaky, it’s because I have learned that people have to earn the right to get to know me. I have let a lot of people in, especially in my early 20s that I should have never talked to or considered a friend. It happens. Some people change while others were never true.  Humans, not all but some, are jealous creatures. Some people hate to see other people doing well, but that shouldn’t stop you from allowing those who do want you to succeed be a part of your experiences.

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5. Be APPRECIATIVE. No matter how tough something is don’t forget to appreciate all of the good in your life. Whether it be the sun shining  on a summer day or a  job promotion, never forget how lucky you are to have what you have!

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Growing Up and Bucket Lists

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This Saturday is my 28th birthday! For me, the past 8 years have taught me a lot. I have changed from a young carless  party girl to a caring professional  young woman. I feel like the 20s  have molded me into the person I truly am.  Although, I am proud of who I’ve evolved into, there are still a couple things that I’d like to do while I’m still in my 20s.

20 Things to Do While I’m Still in My 20s

  1. PRAY more.
  2. Land a CAREER that allows me to live comfortably.
  3. READ more books.
  4. Be more ACTIVE.
  5. Spend more time with my FAMILY.
  6. Get out of DEBT.
  7. TRAVEL more.
  8. Watch less TV. 
  9. CUSS less.
  10. INVEST.
  11. MOVE into a house with a back yard.
  12. COOK new recipes.
  13. Get another PUPPY.
  14. Get PUBLISHED.
  15. Expand my MARY KAY business.
  16. COMMUNICATE better when upset.
  17. Become more CRAFTY. 
  18. DONATE to cause I’m passionate about.
  19. Become more PATIENT.  
  20. SKYDIVE. 

GOD, FAMILY, CAREER

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One of the main reasons I value the Mary Kay company is the principle of its foundation. Mary Kay Ash (the founder of Mary Kay cosmetics) believed the company should be structured with 3 of the most important contributors of life– God first, family second, career third. And I couldn’t agree more!

Without God there is nothing. I truly believe that God is my savior. I have committed myself to The Lord and feel his power within me daily. He is always on time. Sometimes we lose sight of the many blessings he has given us, and one of the blessings for me has been the Mary Kay opportunity.

ImageSecondly is family. I could write an entire book on my family. They are my number one support system as well as some of my very best friends. My family has gone over and beyond to ensure my safety, education, and overall well being is never in jeopardy. I was adopted as a baby by my mother and father who shortly after divorced. Most people would be sad–not me. I now have two sets of amazing parents, two outstanding siblings, a beautiful sister in law, and the cutest nieces in the whole world–literally they are adorable. My mom kinda laughed at the idea of me selling Mary Kay 3 months ago but now that she has seen my success in just a few short months her idea has completely changed. She praises me often for my work ethic and drive to succeed. About a month ago she actually said to me, “Avyn you should really consider cosmetology school. I think you’d do great. You are really well at making people look and feel beautiful.”That was quite the compliment coming from someone recently questioned my decision to work for Mary Kay. My family and I have grown tremendously in the past few years and I count my blessings daily for the love and support of them.

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We work we pay bills–repeat…repeat…repeat. That has been my mind set of adulthood since college graduation. Don’t get me wrong I have worked for some great companies and learned from some of the best management teams I’m the Carolinas, but nothing I can whole heartedly say I was 100% passionate about. Well working as a Mary Kay consultant has helped me help others and as I always say no amount of money can compare to that feeling. I love working my own schedule and providing my honest advice and feedback on the products and services I offer. Today, I actually received a phone call that changed my life. Not only am I a Mary Kay independent sales consultant, I have also been hired at a local medical group as the sales and marketing coordinator! I think a mix of my education and my dedication to providing top of the line customer service and social media updates for my Mary Kay business were a leading deciding factor in me working for the practice.

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Having said that, I’m not trying to persuade you religiously or career wise, I’m simply saying this structure has been an extremely rewarding concept in me personally. Enjoy your life, love your family, and continuously believe and all things are possible.