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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Lip Gloss and Jesus


Several weeks ago, I wrote a post here about my new involvement with selling Arbonne and what is was teaching me about evangelism. As I talked with people, the ideas seemed to resonate, so I went ahead and wrote a full-length article for boundless.org. Here's an excerpt:

I couldn't believe what I'd just agreed to. I don't know if was a side-effect of the peppermint mocha I was drinking or the giddiness of spending a day with my sisters or a combination of both. But in a moment of solidarity, I had agreed to join my sisters in a business venture: selling our favorite skin care and beauty products.

I was home for Thanksgiving break when we began discussing our dreams and goals for the future. And before I knew it, we were making a plan to make a splash in the beauty biz.

A few days later, I sat in front of my computer, composing an e-mail to inform my friends of my newfound passion for cosmetics. I willed away the images of ladies driving pink cars (even though that wasn't the company I was representing), as I wrote and rewrote my "happy" news.

Honestly, I felt like I was writing a confession:

Dear (former) friends. I am writing to inform you that I have joined a network marketing company. I realize that this decision may cause you to terminate our friendship. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Of course, that's not what I wrote. But it was with trepidation that I sent out the announcement. I felt awkward. After all, sales, network marketing and the beauty product industry had up until this point been foreign territory for me. As much as I loved the products I was representing, I had my own negative stereotypes of this kind of company and I felt certain many of my friends felt the same way.


Read the rest.

2 Comments:

At 11:04 PM, Blogger Tonya Lea said...

Oh what I could do with that title.

 
At 8:52 AM, Blogger Ted Slater said...

Tonya Lea -- I spent nearly two hours working on that image once I settled on that title (which, I believe, Suzanne proposed). I'm still not really content with the way it turned out. I've got no graphic artistry training, and it really shows sometimes. Hmf.

Are you an artist? I'd love to hear what ideas you might have as far as artwork goes. I can use all the direction I can get! :-)

 

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