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Moms with Sick Children Get Day of Pampering

Moms with Sick Children Get a Day of Pampering

This was, for me, a day of amazement, vision, love, hugs and so much more.  I was thrilled when Patricia Burkhardt Mitchell, owner of the Sincerely Yours Salon in Phoenix, Arizona invited me to be a part of the day she has set aside every year for the last four years – the day following Mother’s Day.  She takes her salon, stylists, massage therapist, manicurists and makeup artists, and so many more to descend on Phoenix Children’s Hospital to pamper those moms who are day in and day out at their children’s sides who are ill and confined to the hospital for a myriad of reasons!  It was also captured on film through the artists at Brett Noe Productions.

This blog post is not to “promote a specific company or person” but rather to acknowledge and thank those that helped put this all together.  2 years ago my grandson was in Phoenix Children’s Hospital for more than a week and was diagnosed with a form of epilepsy and so I know personally how trying that time can be on parents & grandparents and how hard the nurses and doctors and staff all work to help heal these little ones.

I was able to experience life and the willingness to persevere through each one of the moms and the little girls who came down to be pampered.

This is Kimmie – she’s four years old and suffering from a form of cancer.  She wanted hair, but when Char McCreadie sprinkled magic sparkling fairy dust on her hands and cheeks – she giggled like the little girl she is. – Talk about tears…from all of us including mom!

And then there was this young beautiful girl who turned 16 that very day and we gathered around and sang Happy Birthday to her while she was having her hair done…

Celebrating 16th Birthday at the hospital...

It was so humbling to see how these moms and children face each day with life-changing illnesses.  The love and hope and giving was beyond what I ever expected to see.  To hear one mom say “after 3 weeks here at the hospital, today I feel like a real person”…and another “I can’t believe that someone would care enough to come down here and do this for us…for me…I feel pretty again”.

Each of these moms and grandmothers and aunts and guardians are giving everything they have to give to their little ones and to be able to give back even a little was an honor & day I will never forget!

Thank you Sincerely Yours Salon for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful experience!

To blog or not to blog?

Is that the question? – So many people say you have to blog to get your message out there to the masses. But do we have to do everything to get people to understand where you’re coming from? Why you want to help people? Why you want people to know they can trust what you say?

It’s all so much sometimes, that I feel I’ll explode – I want to show people that what I do is wonderful – for them, for their homes & families & for the planet – so many articles and companies are out there all saying the same thing.

So, how do I show people that I am someone they can trust? How do I show them that my company is different? My mind runs in a thousand different directions all at the same time – I know they say it can’t be done – but dog-gone-it – that’s exactly what happens to me, and THEN…the freeze! Where do I start? What method of communication do I use to get out there in front of people?

Facebook, Twitter, Blogging – all designed to introduce myself to you. But, how can you know me without experiencing me? My thoughts, my feelings, my loves & my pains. – Oh – Do I want you to know all that? I don’t know – Does it take “knowing me” to get you to see what my passions are? I don’t know, but I’m committed to learning! But, where does learning stop & implementation begin?

Renee Preis (www.reneepreis.com) showed me that sometimes I have to step back from what I’m doing in my head, put it on paper and see where to go from the learning to the passion to the earning.

Time slips away so quickly – it is like I look at the clock and it is 4a.m. and the next time I stop & look up its 7a.m. – where did that 3 hours go? Did it help advance my goals? Was it time spent in productivity? I don’t play games or go to the millions of different sites that scream out – HERE – Waste your time and money here – I can teach you what you need to know to make a million $$ in the next 48 hours…OMG – there are 1000’s of those mind-sucking websites.

So, I ask – To blog or not to blog? If I do this every morning for the next 7 days – just throw my thoughts down in this blog…maybe I will be able to see what people are looking for? – what are you looking for?

And, the biggest question – How may I help you!

Today – I want you to know I’m here FOR you!

Kelong Walk : HDRI

I want you to know that no matter what is going on in your life right this very minute that it CAN be overcome; that we don’t have to live lives of despair and loneliness.  We are here for each other – we’re not left alone in the middle of a desert without water to drink.

We are all a part of what we call humanity and when we use the word “humane” it should mean more than just humanitarian, well, who even knows what that is?

But to be humane means to be:

There is so much more to what we share with people on the surface of our lives and to think that by standing up for what we believe and being willing & able to withstand persecution for that belief…That is to live by faith.  Pick just one word from this list and watch it grow! – Here is the list of words that comes from “compassionate”.

  • Sympathetic
  • Concerned
  • Kindhearted
  • Empathetic
  • Considerate

And the same is to be said for every word!  Even one of the smallest words in the English language; the word “The” – I never realized this before my Sunday School teacher brought it up a couple of weeks ago –

The:

  • Indicating one as distinct from another
  • Indicating shared experience
  • Indicating period of time

So, in this period of time we call Today, regardless of when that day is that you read this letter, there is someone here for you. You are NOT alone.  This is a favorite song of mine from years ago…but it always comes to remembrance when I’m feeling alone.  It’s a song that most have heard of, but I love it more today then yesterday.

I am weak, but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

  • Refrain:
    Just a closer walk with Thee,
    Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
    Daily walking close to Thee,
    Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.

When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.

 

Helping In Small Ways

In an article by Kristen Jacoway in the http://www.reachpersonalbranding.com/newsletter/current/ I was moved to not only share the article, but to in-fact pass it on in its entirety…

She writes – Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a job seeker learn about the latest and greatest tools to help you succeed.

No Job, No Home, No Food – Will You Help?
Perhaps this issue’s column should be entitled “Using the Web for Good!” Given the fact that we are approaching the holidays, I wanted to re-post from my website. The following article was and continues to be one of the most popular that I’ve written. I have been trying to perform random acts of kindness this season – giving a waitress a tip that amounted to the purchase price of the meal, paying for someone’s coffee behind me at a coffee shop, and more. As we approach the holidays, remember that for some people, this is a time of their darkest moments. Most of us are filled with hope, joy, and family. At the same time others are wondering how they will feed their family, much less buy gifts.

This past weekend, I saw a man holding a sign that said, “No Job, No Home, Please Help” kneeling on one knee at the entrance of where people turn to get on the interstate. We have all seen the signs, “Will Work for Food” and other signs like it amid the recession and high unemployment rates. What can we do to help? The image especially troubles me at this time of the year, but indeed, breaks my heart year-round. I want to help, like many of you, but have not been sure of a good way to help.

I identified some items you can easily have in your car to help those that are holding those signs.

Ideas for Hospitality Bags

Look up “Shelters” in your Yellow Pages and put the shelter (s) name on a card with their address and phone number. Have some calling cards available to give to people so that they know where to go and call for help.

From e-How, I found the things you’d want to include in a Hospitality Bag (written by Bob Waldrop). You can view the full article here, “How to Make a Hospitality Bag to Help the Homeless.” Below are some of Mr. Waldop’s suggestions:

•Paper lunch bags
•Small packaged foods like Vienna sausages, sardines, peanut butter and crackers, etc.
•Granola or “power” bars
•Clean socks
•Hand lotion
•Hard candies
•Small servings of canned fruit or pudding
•Plastic zip lock bag
•Dry washcloth
•Small soap
•Napkin and spoon
Some other ideas for your hospitality bag include potted meat, individual sizes of peanut butter, applesauce, juice boxes, individual packages of nuts or cheese crackers, bottled water, and / or individual packages of cereal.

You could also assemble hygiene bags to distribute that include such things as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, deodorant, feminine products, toothpaste, dental floss, and / or diapers. At this time of the year, having some extra gloves, hats, blankets, sweat-shirt, sweat pants, or anything warm is a very helpful . You never know if there might be an entire family affected and this person is the one who is going out looking for help.

You may decide to go and purchase a meal for them at a fast food restaurant so that they may have a warm meal.

A homeless man in Paris

Image via Wikipedia

I have seen many people in a public place (i.e. in the downtown area, by the interstate, etc.) and it would be very easy to have these kits available in my car to give to someone. I’ve read where one man assembles these types of kits (including the blankets) in a thrift store backpack to hand out to people. Of course, be careful and approach people with caution. Make sure you are in a busy area where other people are present.

Building Trust

In Christopher Avery’s Blog from 9/20/10 – he talks about How You Build Trust — in Business and in Relationships…Team members must have confidence in one another if the team is to be successful. Making and keeping small agreements is how to begin building trust, because if you don’t keep small agreements, you won’t get the chance to make large agreements.

Two rules about agreements:

1. Never make an agreement you don’t fully intend to keep (no matter how small).

2. Clean up all broken agreements at the first opportunity.

This obviously does not just apply to the business world but also can be positively applied to personal relationships with family members and friends.

I have failed at this myself numerous times and always try & strive to do better & more…but I know how critical it is to making and keeping personal & professional relationships.  We count on one another to do what we say – you tell me you’re going to do something and I expect that you will follow through on it. 

I expect the same level of commitment from myself, but you know how hard it is to keep up with all the “I am going to do’s” that we put in our little brains every day?  100’s if not 1000’s – and why? – Because we all want something better than what we have right now – we’re not satisfied with what our lives have become – we want and want and it is all for naught, because in the end – what have we got? – When the soul leaves the body and the body returns to the dust of the earth? – We have lived our lives in 1 of 2 states – a state of grace or a state of legalistic judging.

I am glad it doesn’t go to a vote, but I want, desire, live for a state of grace!  And in that, I want to keep commitments I make so that even in the small things…I can be trusted to fulfill the requirements necessary that people can trust that I’ll do what I say I’ll do.  But if I don’t put requirements on people then – together we can grow –

the Conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus...

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The Apostle Paul wrote “that, that I would do – I don’t, and that, that I would not do – that I do” – Who shall deliver me from the flesh of sin – I thank God through Jesus Christ” – that In Him alone is my Rock, – my Savior,  – my Lover, – my Best Friend.  I’m not sure how or why this posting took this turn, but if the Apostle Paul can write that it is of little consequence if another judges me – I don’t even presume to judge myself…Because He was judged for us…

I don’t think when I originally read the excerpt from Christopher Avery’s blog that mine would take this turn, but it did…and I’m glad it did – I love writing about my Lord and I love sharing Him with others.  I don’t do it enough…

Commitment, grace, love, forgiveness – That’s the way to fulfill requirements and commitments…He committed to love me and I’m commited to loving you…How much fun to live life that way!

Easter Lily

Image by Big Grey Mare via Flickr

The Alphabet You Must Read Today!

A friend shared this with me today and it was exactly what I needed at exactly the right moment – I hope that it does the same for you!  Thank you Mary!

Although things are not perfect
Because of trial or pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow
God is forever able
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without His love
Joy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee
Move out of “Camp Complaining”
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
Praise can do alone
Quit looking at the future
Redeem the time at hand
Start every day with worship
To “thank” is a command
Until we see Him coming
Victorious in the sky
We’ll run the race with gratitude
Xalting God most high
Yes, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but…
Zion waits in glory…where none are ever sad!

(Author Unknown)

What in your life would you change if you could?

What would you change?Your age? Your retirement plan?  Your job? What is it, that if you could do it all over again, you re-do?

Right now, I am looking back on a lot of different events in my life that have brought me to the point I am today. Would I change any of them?  Sure! BUT would I be the person I am today – where I am today and would any of it be “better”?

I really and honestly don’t believe so.  I believe that there is a plan for our lives, and that He brings us exactly where and how He decides. Has it always been pleasant? – Heck no! But without my children I would never know my grandchildren.  Without a babysitter quitting on me at night and having to find daycare before morning would I ever have been in the right place to find my church home at Pleasantview here in Phoenix through their private Christian K4-8th grade school more than 20 years ago? I doubt it.

Every path we go down has a benefit or a consequence…I think that every path I’ve gone down has had a benefit (although some would say consequence) and now, with new paths in front of me again, I just pray for the guidance to choose the one that will bring benefit to everyone I know…because we are NOT in this alone – We are all touched every day by the people all around us.

Without recent financial situations, would I have been open to the suggestion of starting my own home-based business?  Probably not – but it has been a ball and continues to open my eyes to the wonderful possibilities that lay before me with a future that is wide open!  And the people I am meeting, like the award-winning author, Marcia Fine, and the effervescent Gia Heller, and the women at the Arizona Women Networking organization – Oh my – what fun!!!

So many neat things to learn and do and learn some more and may it all count for His gain and naught of my own – for without Him, I am nothing.

Writing this post made me remember a song from long ago (I found the words and am going to sing it Sunday) – it goes like this.

(Mylon R. Lefevre)

Without Him I could do nothing
Without Him I’d surely fail
Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail

Without Him I would be dying
Without Him I’d be enslaved
Without Him life would be worthless
But with Jesus thank God I’m saved

Oh Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don’t turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost I would be
Without Him how lost I would be

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