Category Archives: Family

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.

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Beautiful Bride

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I absolutely love weddings! I love going to them, watching them on movies, and hope one day to plan a wedding of my own. I hope to one day officially become a wife in front of the people who are most important to me–my friends and family.

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I am in my late 20s and have been to/in a good number of weddings.  When I think wedding I think beauty. I love how everyone has there own vision of what a beautiful wedding is but how different yet amazing each wedding  is. There is never one wedding that is the exact same yet the love of the room remains constant. From the diamond, to the decor, to the flowers, and most importantly the bride. I’m a sucker for love and cry at every single wedding I go to.

There is so much to consider when becoming a bride. Yes, there are the details of the wedding such as the bridal party, the location, the menu, etc, but there is also a lot that goes into making sure you look flawless on your wedding day.

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Below are some helpful tips I found on http://en.paperblog.com/wedding-journal-the-wedding-dress-476366/ when picking out the best dress for your shape.

The Mermaid  Wedding Dress – Suits hour glass and rectangle shapes

Mermaid Wedding Dresses

The Trumpet Wedding Dress – Suits hour glass and rectangle shapes

Trumpet Wedding Dresses

The A-Line  Wedding Dress – suits the Inverted Triangle, the Rectangle, the Pear and the Hour Glass

A-Line Wedding Dresses

The Princess Wedding Dress – suits all shapes

Princess Wedding Dresses

The Empire Wedding Dress – suits all shapes, height also an advantage

Empire Wedding Dresses

The Sheath / Column Dress – suits the Hour Glass but even better the Rectangle

Sheath/Column Wedding Dresses

The Ball Gown Wedding Dress – suits all shapes

Ballgown Wedding Dresses

The Tea Length Wedding Dress – suits all shapes, height an advantage

Tea Length Wedding Dresses

The Mini Wedding Dress – suits Rectangle and Hour Glass shapes, slim legs an advantage

Crazy Cousins

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Today is National Cousin day. I’m not going to lie—this is news to me but I love my family so why not blog about it! Going to my grandmother’s house as a child I was always the baby girl (until my beautiful sister was born). My brother is 9 years older than me and all of my cousins are older than him. Unlike your typical 6 year old little girl in dresses, I was a tomboy (or a punching bag depending on the day). My uncle Ray (their dad) called me Charlie. I never quite understood it but maybe it was because I was like the son he never had—even though I’m a girl! We would go to my grandmother’s house and have the BEST fried chicken EVER! While she would cook we would socialize. Unlike my brother (who was annoyed with his tattle telling little sister) my cousins would actually play with me. They taught me almost everything there is to know about sports. Sometimes my boyfriend  looks at me in confusion by the fact that I still know the starting line up and stats of the 1995 Carolina Tarheels. (Duke fans–ugh) One of my favorite things was playing ball in my grandmother’s yard in the little peaceful lake town in North Carolina. We would play football in the yard and they used to kick my butt. Looking back I’m starting to think maybe they wanted me to play so they could actually win. HA. Now when we all get together they are all old (not really just I have to pick on them) have back, knee, and other types of excuses not to get beat up by their little lady cousin. It is crazy looking at now and then and how much things have changed. One thing that has not changed is how much fun we have together no matter what we are doing. They all have completely different personalities but no matter we always have an amazing time together. They are like my big brothers and I love them to death. I am forever grateful for their unconditional love. I LOVE YOU MIKE, JOHN, AND TONY!!!

International Day of Families

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Ever heard of family day? Neither have I…until today! May 15th is a date in which countries of the United  Nations observe International Day of Families. Dating back to May 15, 1995, the International Day of Families is a day in which people of the UN focus on the importance of balancing work and family. Specifically, it stresses the significance  in financially and emotionally contributions of workers to their families while  consistently adding to the growth of the society. Celebrations include workshops, meetings, and campaigns focused on the strength of family support systems. Although here in a America this is nothing we celebrate, I think it is very important for all working professionals to keep in mind how lucky we are to have careers and families. It is important to always keep a tight balance of the two and continuously strengthen our efforts to grow in both aspects of our lives.

Mother May I?

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“A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.”– Dorthy Canfield Fisher

One thing I am more grateful for than anything else on this Earth is my mom. She is the person I can tell anything to and never have to worry about her passing judgement. She has always been my number one supporter and done anything necessary to ensure I have been taken care of. I am a strong believer that blood doesn’t define people as family, love does. I am adopted and words can not express how thankful I am that I was united with the family I am now a part of. I wasn’t the easiest teenager and I still have my occasional not so good days, but my momma has always accepted me and welcomed me with open arms. Without her love and guidence, there is no telling where I may be today. I love you mommy, thank you for loving me the past 26 years!

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Above is a photo of my sweet mother

As  you may know, Mother’s Day is coming up! This Sunday, we celebrate the hard work of moms. A celebration that dates back to the ancient Egyptians, this is a day in which we should make it our priority to put our mother’s first just as they have our whole lives. Whether your mother, aunt, grandmother, or friend raised you, make it a point to do something  to make that motherly role model in your life feel special.

One thing we used to do in elementary school was Muffins for Moms. Below is simple recipe for banana muffins I found on http://allrecipes.com   you could use to make that special lady’s day a little bit brighter!

BANANA MUFFINS II

Ingrednts

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat muffin pans with non-stick spray, or use paper liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Scoop into muffin pans.
  3. Bake in preheated oven. Bake mini muffins for 10 to 15 minutes, and large muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly tapped.

Sweet Siblings

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Sometimes we love them, sometimes we hate them but no matter what we will never be able to get away from them. I am one of 3 children. Although I do not see my brother or sister often, they mean the world to me. Today is National Sibling Day and I am very fortunate to have a brother and sister. We fight, we cry, we laugh, we smile, but at the end of the day we share a bond that will never be taken away. I’m adopted  and my mom and brother have always  joke that my brother picked me out.  Whether that is true or not is still up in the air, but I am so glad to be his little sister and have another little sister to call my siblings. A sibling isn’t classified as  looking  alike or sharing the same blood. It is about about the connection you share with one another and knowing they will always love and be there for you. Make it a point this year to communicate with your siblings. Agree on a routine visit or dinner date. If they do not live close by make it a point to call or visit more.  This all sounds petty but I can guarantee it will mean the world to them as well as build a stronger relationship with your family.

This is a photo of me and my siblings in Colorado