My Story

Life is always an adventure with this crew.

I am a mom to five boys and an angel baby, ages 15, 12, 8, 6, and 4.  That means I have had babies and toddlers for over 13 years straight. I have been home with my children full-time since my third was born.

I am married to my high school sweetheart and the love of my life.  We have been together for over 22 years and married for nearly 15 years.

I was diagnosed with a Vestibular Schwannoma in August of 2019. While exploring a potential fibromyalgia diagnosis an MRI revealed the 3mm tumor in my head. I’m still on this journey, but I am hopeful that this small tumor is the root cause of most of the physical challenges I’ve been facing the last few years.

Although I always dreamed of being a Girl Scout leader, being mom to five boys changed that plan. I love being a Cub Scout Leader with the BSA. Here I am celebrating Camp Miakonda’s 100th anniversary with two of my middle sons in 2017.

I am also a life long scout and that means I always do my best.  But over the last few years I’ve had to figure out how to do better than my best, because all I had energy for was napping. This left me feeling like a failure as a scout leader, mom, and wife.

The only thing this little monster does better than cause trouble is love his mama. Luke and I love to share a charcoal mask pampering!

Turns out that in taking care of everyone else I had either forgotten or refused to take care of myself, because I just didn’t have the energy to take care of one more person.  Thankfully I have an amazing husband who has always supported and encouraged me and a skin care consultant who never gave up on me. After several exposures to my skin care and beauty company and tiny purchases, my husband finally convinced me that I was worth the price of the skin care and my consultant kept checking in to make sure I was taking care of myself. 

And so, something as simple as washing my face led to better self care as a whole. And do you know what I discovered? When I take care of myself I am better able to take care of the people I love and to give them my best. 

Parting at Seminar 2019 with the woman who started me on this journey.
I can’t thank her enough for all that she has done for me!

In July of 2018 I realized that when my sales consultant called to offer new products or just to get together and make sure I was still using the right products was the highlight of my day, and often the highlight of my week or month even. This time, when she asked if I was ready to share that joy with others by becoming a sales consultant I was surprised to find myself saying YES.

I have gotten so much out of that decision. I’ve made amazing new friends, found a new support network, and found pieces of myself that I didn’t even realize I had lost. I can’t imagine my life without my pink bubble. I want so much to share that joy and encouragement that I have found with my company and so “Joy On Pink Wings” was born around my one year anniversary with my company.

1 thought on “My Story”

  1. What a wonderful I Story. Yes. I’m a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant–16 years. Love your blog on skin care. You really did your research. It helped me a lot. You are great. You can do it. It’s obvious that your consultant–now you MK sister–is a wonderful person.


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