Success to me is being able to do what you love, getting paid to do it, while at the same time helping make the lives of others happier and better too!
What special challenges or advantages have you faced because you're a woman?
As a woman entrepreneur in the skincare and cosmetic business I have a distinct advantage over a man because I believe I am a better listener and more in touch with what my customers needs & wants are. Also my growing belief in God and asking his blessings upon my business have really made a huge difference in my success.
What has been your motivation?
My motivation and purpose is to let other women know that they can have flexibility, and they do have choices in their professional life. Being stuck in a job you do not enjoy to make ends meet is no longer required. If you are teachable, willing to work hard and have a desire to make a positive change you can have what ever you want from life.
How did you get started in this business?
My husband Earl and I arrived in Alaska just more than 11 years ago full of excitement and full of dreams. What an adventure to live in the 49th state. Not only would it be a drastic life change from living in San Diego but it would be a new beginning. The cost of living was high and circumstances forced me to go back into the lending business and put my dreams on the back burner. About a three months after arriving in Juneau I had a Mary Kay facial and really was sold on the products. Soon there after, I was offered the Mary Kay business opportunity. It also provided the outlet I had been looking for to meet and make new friends since I did not know a soul when we moved to Juneau.
Who was your mentor, and how has that person influenced you?
The two biggest influences in my life have been my mom, Jane Badgett, and of course Mary Kay Ash. She had a way with words and could strike up a conversation with anyone, no matter what age, sex or background. She always cared about people and put others before herself. I only hope that my life will mean as much as my mom's did to all the children she taught and people she embraced. Even thou I never officially met Mary Kay Ash her teachings and philosophies have always been the way I wanted to live my life. Living by the golden rule, making others feel important and being the sunshine in someone's day all are the Mary Kay way. Mary Kay believed that when you put your faith and family before career everything in your life would fall into place. It is something I too try to strive towards every day.
I have been married for 15 years to Earl Hudson. We met five days before Earl moved to Juneau in 1990 and were pen pals for several months before getting engaged while on my first visit to Juneau.