The list of achievements on Morpeth, Ontario Independent Sales Director Josilyn Thompson’s Mary Kay resume are formidable. The abridged version goes like this: Senior Sales Director within eight months of working her business and again, within nine months, after moving to Canada. She also earned the use of her first Career Car in five months.
How did she do it? Josilyn has no advice to parlay. In fact, she refuses to offer any.
“Don’t take advice from anyone else,” she insists. But she is willing to share some words of wisdom that have guided her career successes over the years. “If you can dream it, you can do it!” is one axiom. And this one has served her well too: “You miss 100 per cent of the chances you never take, so if you don’t give it a try, you’ll wonder what could have been.”
In fact, for Josilyn, the best part of her Mary Kay business is the freedom and flexibility it affords her.
For those times when her daughter Poppy, age one, needs her or when her charity work in Haiti beckons, Josilyn gives both her undivided attention.
This mission work is unshakeable. A remnant of her previous career.
She has lived in South Africa for four months running an after-school program that provided daily hot, nutritious meals to children from impoverished villages, then to Chicago for two years, mentoring and leading volunteers “who poured their faith and love into 600, four and five year olds weekly.” After that came Haiti, where Josilyn lived and worked in baby orphanages in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. “Haiti changed every ounce of who I am and later, became a huge part of my ‘why’ when I started working my Mary Kay business.”
It’s a business that almost never was, despite witnessing and benefitting from the lifestyle and rewards her mom, Independent Future Executive Senior Sales Director from South Haven, Michigan, Jodi Carlson, enjoyed through 40 years with Mary Kay.
Josilyn says she “finally had the courage to join” in March 2012 while living and working in Lexington, Kentucky. But life and her feelings about the opportunity got in the way early on. “I never even opened my starter kit.” The kit went home to Michigan where Josilyn’s mom wisely placed it under her childhood bed. A few months later Josilyn turned down a job transfer to California and headed home to retrieve that starter kit.
At that point, she knew she wanted three things in life: family time, flexibility, and time to go volunteer in Haiti again.
She has managed to achieve so much more since then and credits the Mary Kay experience for making her a better mom, wife, friend and daughter.
“I feel so blessed that my children are witnessing who I am now, thanks to Mary Kay,” she says. “Having been a Mary Kay kid myself, I know my Mary Kay story will effect who these little babies become in the future! And that’s faaaaar more than I could ever ask for!”
“I see myself as a National Sales Director one day in Mary Kay.” And when she gets there, through tears Josilyn says she will then publicly thank her mom on stage for sharing this opportunity and holding on to that starter kit all those years ago.