Deborah Armstrong

What’s Your Dream?

Deborah's Diary

The other night I attended a Ladies’ Night where the guest speaker was Diane Mentiply, the National Sales Director (US) for Mary Kay Cosmetics. The purpose of the evening was to inspire all of us to set goals for ourselves and achieve them. It was obvious by some of the Mary Kay reps who were in attendance that they were doing just that.

The audience was filled with women wearing coloured jackets. The jackets represented level of sales, number of sales reps recruited and goals achieved. Forgive me if I don’t have this quite right. Red signified one level within the organization, black another, and a leopard print dress with a black jacket another level. The speaker, whose ranking was the highest of those attending, wore a stylish black and gold suit. Some of these ladies also drove pink Cadillacs or pink Ford Escalades. These women were the high achievers who were living their dream.

Diane Mentiply is a very dynamic speaker. She talked about many things, but what impressed me was how she focused on setting goals for ourselves and being happy with the choices we make in our lives. I realize that the evening’s focus was to pump up the sales reps and to recruit new members to the Mary Kay organization, but her message was for everyone attending. Choose to do something you enjoy and that fulfills you. Choose a path where your priorities are kept in the proper order – faith, family and then your career. Don’t just work to survive. Easy words to say when eighty per cent of the work force works just to survive.

I didn’t jump on the bandwagon and sign up to sell Mary Kay products. I love what I am doing with my life right now. Although I may feel rushed and pressed for time, I am in no hurry to make a change. I love my volunteer work. I love working for the farm. I love writing my books. I’m not living the dream life. My life is not perfect, but for the time being, I am happy with this reality. When I dream, I dream about future stories and my family. I dream about weddings and grandchildren and happily ever afters. These are my kind of dreams.

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