I am writing this blog post probably months in advance of God's Favorite Surprises official launch. I am writing this to encourage myself that I am supposed to be doing this. That I can do this. And that there are people out there like me who want to make a dream come true.
I thought this would be the perfect space for me to share how this all really started. I was feeling depleted as a teacher and knew that I was being called to do other things. I just didn't know what. I wrote down a list of all of my gifts and couldn't figure out how any of those gifts could manifest into a sustainable career. Keep in mind that I have a husband, 1 1/2 year old and I was three months pregnant! Aaaahhh!
I even went so far as to send an email to my closest friends and asked what they thought my gifts were...maybe they could enlighten me on a gift/talent that I didn't even know I had.
Still stuck. Still trying to figure it out, I decided to just do something that I've wanted to for a while. I wanted to let people that I personally know who have followed their passions into a career of fulfillment that I was proud of them and I am encouraged by their progress. Because that's ultimately what I longed for. I wrote down three names of women who inspire me not merely by their words but by their hustle and committed to sending them flowers.
That's it. I didn't want anything in return. One of the friends I hadn't personally spoken to in a year outside of social media contact. I was adamant about the type of flowers I wanted each person to receive and truly the only purpose was to let them know that they ROCK and they inspire me to rock!
I ordered the flowers, created my own personal message to each one and went on about my day. I expected a text message or email but what I got was so much more.
I received phone calls from the ladies literally crying from the sheer surprise of the flowers but more importantly in response to what I said to them in the card.
1. They had NO idea that I was watching them and even considered them inspirations. They just thought we were friends and that was as far as it went.
2. I don't know if I have a special gift for timing but the flowers came on the exact days that all of them were not at their best or doubting themselves.
I was dumbfounded by the response. But more importantly, my spirit was soaring from the feeling I got from their response! When I hung up the phone, I thought "why can't I do that for people who are too busy to do it themselves?!?" And let's face it. EVERYBODY IS busy these days.
As I began to explore this idea more, one thing kept coming to mind. WOMEN don't do things like this for each other. We typically expect praise from the opposite sex. Add to that how mean women can be to each other on social media, I knew in my heart that what I really wanted to do was create a movement of inspiration, motivation and just plain upliftment! (I just made that word up)
I also realized that a big part of the reaction from the ladies was that they actually received something tangible as a token of my appreciation of them. Then it all just clicked.
It's not rocket science. It's not a new idea. But it's one that is missing today. We miss the simple things. Words of affirmation from our peers. A handwritten thank you card. A simple vase of flowers. Social media and text messages have taken away the very things that once allowed us to truly connect on a human level.
How many times has someone sown a seed into your life and you kept meaning to "send them something nice" to say thank you. But you don't. Not because they didn't deserve it but because life got in the way.
How many times have you walked out of a meeting and kept thinking of ways to stand out or make a further impression but instead you decided to wait on their response? Sending a personal thank you or flowers almost forces their hand to communicate with you again.
Personal cards and flowers say so much about you. How thoughtful you are and how you pay attention to detail. We all get bombarded with emails and text messages which ultimately desensitizes us in a way.
When you receive anything that is given genuinely out of thoughtfulness and appreciation, that person always stands out in your mind. I thought this is the perfect way for me to serve women. To uplift each other. To encourage each other. To place value on the invaluable seeds that we all receive from our mentors or business associates.
And now we are here. I want to create a movement where the goal is simple.
To Say Thank You.
It's the simple things that make room for big things to happen in our lives.
So to put a face to how all of this started, here are the three ladies that ultimately started my new journey into entrepreneurship.