It was the best one ever, eh?
Another year of Mary Kay Seminar has come and gone. And, as always, it was the best one ever. We are so blessed as a company to have such inspirational women in our sales force. I love hearing their stories and seeing how much they've grown over the years. Amazing stories of tragedy and triumph and of setbacks and successes. Women who brought talents and skills from other professions and turned them into abundant success for themselves, and women who, in some cases, were least likely to succeed, and they did it anyway. (That reminds me of the bumblebee, and why Mary Kay Ash chose it as the symbol of success for our company. You see, the bumblebee should not be able to fly, because of the large size of its body relative to the size of its wings. But that doesn't matter to the bumblebee, who goes right along flying anyway. Mary Kay always loved this story of the bumblee. Her late husband, Mel Ash, who always gifted Mary Kay on Thursdays because that was the day they were married, presented her one Thursday with a beautiful diamond and gold bumblebee pin. When the Independent Beauty Consultants and Sales Directors saw the pin, they loved it and wanted to know how they could get one, too. Mary Kay, who was always about helping to make women's dreams come true, designed a sales contest for them to earn one. From that day forward to now, the top three in each of our sales courts are awarded the coveted diamond bumblebee pin.)
After 25 years of attending Seminar, there aren't too many "firsts" for me anymore. You've heard the saying, "Been there, done that". But this year, I truly had a first. For the first time in my Mary Kay career, I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Mary Kay Seminar in Canada. I had a wonderful time. I'll have to admit that it was crazy to fit it in the middle of our own five Seminars here in the US, having to get up at 3:30 am to be at the airport by 5:40, and then returning to be back for the very next day at the Dallas Seminar. I was incredibly inspired by their #1 Sales Director, Shannon Shaffer, and the shining example she sets for the women that she leads. And I loved seeing the staff from Mary Kay Canada, working their hearts out to put on a great show for their sales force. It was nice to see them in their element, because I usually see them when they visit our Dallas world headquarters. But best of all, what I liked about it, was it felt like home. You see, even though I was more than 1,000 miles away from Dallas, in another country, and half of the meeting was conducted in French, it was all very comfortable and very familiar. And that reminds me of one of the things I like best about Mary Kay: no matter where I travel in the world, even if I don't know a soul where I am, I know that I can find a Mary Kay person and I will have found a friend. Here's to all my friends in Mary Kay Canada, the ones I've met and the ones I've yet to meet -- thanks for inviting me to your party!