Monday, March 27, 2017

"War Paint"

As we pushed through the crowds on 42nd Street in New York City, my sister and I were filled with excitement knowing that we were finally going to see the musical "War Paint".  Dodging people and taxis, the show would start in fifteen minutes and we knew that we needed to be in our seats by the time that the curtains came up.

The bright lights at the Nederland Theatre were in view.  The doors had opened and we pushed through the flock of people that were eager to see Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole perform.

The play is about the story of Helena Rubinstein(Patti Lupone) and Elizabeth Arden(Christine Ebersole) and their achievement in becoming powerful business tycoons in the cosmetic world.  Both women were born into poverty, had no formal education and defied the norms of the early 1900s. Men controlled the boardrooms, women did not worked outside of the home and women definitely did not paint their faces.

These two women introduced creams, lipsticks and nail polish to the world.  They also were pioneers in advertising, product packaging and direct marketing.  They were the first to stress the importance of diet and exercise to one's skin care regimen.

The musical was very well done in showing the rivalry between them during the 1930s to the 1960s. The clothes and the props definitely portrayed the time period.  Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole's voices were at their best.  The play was well received by the packed house and I am sure it will be a big hit.

As the show ended, my sister and I felt that we had seen a great story of two powerful women.  As we left, we waited outside the stage door to meet the cast and get autographs and pictures.  We met Patti Lupone and Erik Liberman.  Erik portrayed Charles Revson, who created Revlon.  Mr. Revson became one of their biggest competitors to Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein during the 1950s and 1960s.

If you are in New York, you must see "War Paint"!


at the Nederland Theatre

Patti Lupone

Erik Liberman

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Welcome to NYC!

As I arrived into NYC this evening, all I could think of Taylor Swift's song "Welcome to New York".

"Walkin' through a crowd, the village is a glow
Kaleidoscope of a loud, hide beats under coats
Everybody here wanted somethin' more
Searchin' for a sound we hadn't heard before
And it said

Welcome to New York
It's been waitin' for you
Welcome to New York, welcome to New York...."

Tomorrow I will be facilitating the Elizabeth Arden Training Session on Long Island.  It will be great being back with my team and seeing familiar faces.

This weekend, I will be in the city seeing the skyscrapers, smelling the pretzels, fighting the crowds and enjoying the surroundings!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

God Provides

I enjoyed another day of spring.  This morning on my walk, I enjoyed seeing the robins.

The robins reminded me that God created the birds and that He does provide for all our needs.

The verse that came to mind was Matthew 6:25-27  - "That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life--whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear.  Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing.  Look at the birds.  They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them.  And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are?  Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?"

God may not provide our wants, but He does provide for our needs.

I need to remember that when I begin to fret about something.

Enjoy your surroundings!  God will speak to you!






Monday, March 20, 2017

Mentoring

This morning as I opened the front door, I could feel the coolness in the air; hear the finches singing; see the pink clouds in the east and smell the clean air.  It is official, it is the "first day of spring".

To me spring is all about new beginnings; new births and a new life.

This evening, I received a text and then a call from a young lady that worked for me three years ago in New York.  We have not spoken to each other since I moved to Colorado at the end of 2014.

She told me that she was in a place in her life that she wanted to make some changes, but she was not for sure what direction that was.  She always appreciated the respect that I showed her and that she always thought of me as a mentor.  Those words that she spoke brought tears to my eyes. We always wonder what impressions we leave with others.  

I felt honored that she thought of me.  I told her to send me her resume.  I have always thought that one of my gifts was encouragement.  1 Thessalonians 5:11 says "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."  Encouragement offers a lot to someone.  It helps that person to finish well.  

Most people have some direction in life.  They just need someone to be their "cheerleader" and to help them across the finish-line.  I want this young lady to believe in herself and have the confidence to be the best that she needs to be.  She needs to take responsibility for her life, instead of leaving it to chance.  

My prayer is that God will give me the wisdom to guide and to support her in the decisions that she does make!

This phone call reminded me that today is the first day of spring and this is the first day for this young lady to start making right decisions for her future. 

God does work in mysterious ways!




Friday, March 17, 2017

Enjoying St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Flashback to 1990!  Enjoying the day!  Twenty-seven years later and I'm still enjoying life!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spring Has Sprung

Frank Sinatra sang "You make me feel so young, you make me feel like spring has sprung....."

Today that is how I feel as I walk in the neighborhood and feel the warmth of the sun, the warmer temperatures and see the blue sky.  The neighbors are walking and riding their bikes. Children are playing outside.  Spring has sprung!

Officially, the Northern Hemisphere marks Monday, March 20th, as the first day of spring.  I also read that before spring was called spring, it was called "Lent" in Old English.  In the 14th century, this time of year was called "springing time" to refer to plants that were "springing" from the ground. It was then shortened to "spring".

I love seeing the trees budding and the flowers popping up from the warmer ground and the increase of daylight.  In the early morning hours, the birds are singing their songs.

"See!  The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.  Flowers appear on the earth; the season singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land."  Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Enjoy this new season!  New beginnings are happening around you!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Praying for Others

This morning as my opened, I saw that it was light outside.  I looked at the clock and it said 4:30 a.m.  I then realized it was a full moon and the light was the reflection off of the galvanized table.  I laid all snuggled up underneath the blankets.  The cooler air hit my face and I thought about getting up and turning up the thermostat.

I chose to lay there.  My heart was burden for others and I knew that this was a good time to pray.
These verses came to mind as I laid there in the warmth of my bed.  "Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit" and "Keep on praying".

I snuggled into the warm blankets and I began to pray for my husband, my family, my parents and my friends.

I prayed for my niece, who was recently released from prison, and is now living in a half-way.  I asked that the Lord would give her wisdom in making smart choices, to give her direction and that other's hearts would be open to give her a chance at a job.

I prayed for my great-nephew, who is a teenager and is living with my parents.  That the Lord would protect him and give him confidence and self-esteem.  Praying for strength and wisdom for my eighty year old parents.

I prayed for my job and that the Lord would give me the words and confidence for my upcoming presentation.

I prayed for relationships with family and friends.  I prayed for family and friends that are fighting various illnesses.  That the Lord would heal them and give them the strength and wisdom that they need on a daily basis.  The list goes on and on and on.

Philippians 4:6-7 tells me "Do not worry about anything, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  These two verses tell me not to worry, but to pray.  God gives me a peace in knowing that He is in control.

As I got up and made the house warmer, I sat in my flannel pajamas and read my various devotions. The verse that hit home to me was "This is the confidence, we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him."  1 John 5:14-15

The interpretation for this scripture was, "the emphasis here is on God's will, not our will.  When we communicate with God, we don't demand what we want; rather we discuss with him what he wants for us.  If we align our prayers to his will, he will listen; and we can be certain that if he listens, he will give us a definite answer.  Start praying with confidence!"

I can handle today knowing that my prayers make a difference!