My name is Barbara Redner, and I am a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. I began my business in March 2008 after being a loyal customer for 10+ years; so I have been using the products for over 20 years.

I began my business as a solution to remove myself from a bad marriage. I had been married 26 years and it was not the healthiest marriage. I probably should have called it quits earlier but I stayed for many reasons. A major one was money. I had been a stay-at-home mom working part-time jobs most of my marriage.

It was while I was working as an office assistant for a successful, pink Cadillac driving Mary Kay Sales Director that I saw a solution. It was an answer to my prayer. A Mary Kay business would give me the income to make the choice to leave my marriage. I no longer felt trapped; I felt empowered.

Before I began my business I responded to what others wanted and needed above my own needs and wants. Mary Kay opened a door to a new way of thinking and living. Through my business, I have been able to choose where I want to live, how I want to structure my schedule, if I want to structure my schedule and most who I want to be.

Who do I want to be? I choose to be a confident woman! Did you know that you get to choose your confidence level? In the past, I would look at women and admire their confidence. Guess what? You can feel the same way about yourself. I know! It’s that simple, yet that hard!

I’m sure most of us could tell a story about a negative event or situation that happened to us in our past. Some of the stories would be horrific. I admire those of you who are no longer in those situations or working on getting out or deciding to stay and manage it. I want to empower you and support you where you are and where you are going.