Friday, July 26, 2013


It's been a rough week.  It really has.  I don't always get 100 percent personal on my blog...there have been a few occasions where I've truly opened up.  It's most cathartic more than anything.  I don't look for pity.  I just look to write how I feel.  This week I realized something that kills me inside, and it is so hard to admit.  I've failed. 
We bought my new car on Wednesday.  The Saturn was dying.  So after four hours at the dealer and haggling to get the price we wanted, I drove away in a red 2013 Chevy Cruze.  I still have to get used to the fact that I'm actually driving a NICE car.  I love it.  But with a nice car, comes a nice car payment.  Yes, we've negotiated it, but still....that Saturn was paid off, and this car now has a payment.  Welcome back into the world of car loans.  Yay. 
So that brings me to the hard part.  For the better part of three years, I have been honestly trying my best as a Mary Kay consultant.  I'm no sales person by any means, and I'm not sure I made the wisest decision when I signed that contract.  I joined the ranks of independent beauty consultants as a way to make extra money and pay off credit card debt from law school.  It's pretty ironic.  Why?  Well, because all it did was create more debt.  The thing they don't tell you when you sign that dotted line and get your $75 starter kit is that they pressure you to buy more and more inventory to really succeed.  I will not in any way disclose how much that debt came to be, but I will admit that I kept it from T.  Mostly because I was severely ashamed and freaking out.  I finally told him.  We took a loan out to pay off the credit card.  But that involved a pretty hefty payment, one that I still couldn't meet.  No one wants to host a party.  No one wants to be pressured to buy stuff, and the only way you can really make money is by discounting, which in the end causes you to not make a profit at all. 
I tried so hard.  I really did.  I bit off way more than I could chew because I'm already stretched thin enough with a job and a child, but I thought I could do it all.  I'm a type A personality so failure was not an option.  But yesterday I had a come to Jesus moment with T, and I have decided to quit.  To walk away with my losses and we will work as a family to pay off the debt. 
But I've failed.  I started this venture thinking I'd be this successful person but I failed.  Me, the person with a law degree, failed.  Failed at selling makeup.  How ridiculous does that even sound? 
And in the process I lied to my husband.  That is the part that hurts the most because I truly feel like I let him down.  He is upset, and rightfully so, but we worked it out, and we will be able to pay this off over time.  It'll involve huge sacrifices, but he has sworn we will make it work.  We said for better or for worse, and we meant it.  I just want to know I can regain his trust because I have no doubt that I caused some of that to erode away.  I'd feel the same way. 
Failure comes with a lot of guilt, shame and just an overall sense of defeat, and that's kind of where I am at the current moment.  Not only have I failed my business, but I failed my family.  And that's what sickens me the most. 


  1. But you went to him in the end. You know the stats on new businesses as well as I, and now you know the difference between a business and a pyramid scheme. Forgive yourself and move on. It was not forgiving yourself for the initial misjudgement that caused all the other problems, so just do it!

  2. Turn it into a positive. Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, I'm POSSIBLE. Stop being so hard on yourself. God doesn't like it. He loves you too much.

  3. Everyone makes mistakes, yours was with a good intention, to make a better life for your family. Maybe try looking at it as a lesson, albeit an expensive one, or better yet, a blessing. You have a lot on your plate, having less really can be more. Letting that go will give you more time for your family, which is the most important thing of all. I'm sure T isn't as mad at you as YOU are. He loves you and is walking through this life holding your hand, no matter what, just one more blessing to see along the way... While we are on the subject, what else can you get off your plate while you are at it? You would be surprised how freeing this could be! Forgive yourself, this is happening for a reason, everything will be okay. Sending love & prayers.

  4. There are a ton of us out here who have done something similar. Some of us have done it on a bigger scale and some of us have done it on a smaller scale what matters is that you and T are working it out. The trust will return. One day at a time.

    I love MK products but I just can't afford them. I tried to be a rep to just order stuff for myself and then they put in a quarterly minimum. I had to quit for that reason.

    Try not to beat yourself up too badly. Self-forgiveness is very important to good mental health.

    Lily-thinking thoughts

  5. Making a mistake is not failing! It's an opportunity to learn and grow. :)
    Please don't be so hard on yourself!!
    You're an amazing woman, remember that.


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