The other day I was driving around, sans kids and with a cup of hot coffee in hand – a miracle in and of itself. I’ve had my current car for almost a year now, but before that I drove around for a long time with a broken radio/CD player thanks to the recurring insertion of pennies by my older son. I’d grown accustomed to driving in silence, but on this particular day I had the radio humming in the background – not loud enough to really be listening to it, but loud enough. Out of nowhere I heard the words:
So go ahead and live like you’re loved
It’s OK to act like you’ve been set free
His love made you more than enough
So go ahead and be who He made you to be
Here’s the thing: I’ve been on this journey as a Beautycounter consultant for officially 2-1/2 months at this point. It has been a whirlwind to get to where I’m at: the decision to say yes, the introduction to the entire company, the training, the product testing, the getting out of my comfort zone, the getting past the stigma of network marketing. One thing I haven’t talked about yet is the self-imposed restrictions of beauty and not feeling like enough to be taken seriously.
I’ve straddled the line of being happy with the way I look and not for a long time, but ultimately land on the side of thinking I look pretty good. I say that not from a place of showing off or feeling better than, but from a place of really learning and taking to heart the truths that God says about me. I’ve fought my battles of not feeling good enough, but at the end of most days I look in the mirror and I like what I see. However, when I first started considering the opportunity with Beautycounter my two major hindrances were 1) not wanting people to run the other way because I was now selling something and 2) the fact that I am neither a supermodel or a beauty expert. It is so easy to say out loud the former, but near impossible to admit the deeper-set fear behind the latter.
The thing about my team is they are a group of incredibly supportive, intelligent, self-motivated, BEAUTIFUL women. Not a single one of them looks any one way, and all of us are running our businesses differently because we are all different. Sometimes the sinful and still-chained woman that I was looks at those beautiful women and thinks there’s just no way that I’m cut out for a career in beauty. That people will see the sun damage on my face, the smile lines that are truly a joy to have, the little imperfections that actually make me happy when I look in the mirror – that others will see that and run.
Here’s the thing about those last couple of sentences: they’re lies. All of them. I’ve already been set free from worrying about what others think of me; I’ve been called beautiful and redeemed and loved and a daughter of the King. I’m free to just be a girl who is happy with unwashed hair topped with a baseball cap. I’m free to be completely content with only wearing mascara and tinted moisturizer in lieu of full makeup. I’m free to be the barefoot, outdoor-loving, mess-making, sometimes careless, but always loving woman that I’ve been created to be.
I can be just a gal who thinks being healthy is pretty awesome and who wants to share that passion with others.
And you know what? YOU CAN TOO. You can be the woman who doesn’t care if others are annoyed because you chose to pursue something that you hold dear to your heart. You can be the one who gets to create her own business, on her terms, with the small moments you have here and there. You can be the one who uses her gifts and talents and beauty and freedom to make a difference in the lives of others.
If you think this could be you – even if you’re not sure and just want to know what the heck being a consultant actually means – leave a comment on this post or shoot me an email at heathersdish [at] gmail [dot] com. I’d love to chat and answer any questions you might have because the reality is that I want women on my team who are excited about making a difference in an industry that desperately needs us wildly free women!
***Edited to add that if you don’t join this movement it doesn’t negate your freedom. I just know for me that I wasn’t recognizing that I’m free to do different and bold things and wanted to share!***