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Long Lasting Effects

The long lasting effect of HG

Last month we performed a makeover at Tony Sacco’s in Mishawaka, Indiana.  Michael had an early meeting, so I dropped him off and went to work on some of my writing material.  When I returned to the bus to get ready for the makeover, I had a young woman approach my car.  She asked if I was with Hello Gorgeous!  I said yes and she explained that they had been sitting there with her mom taking pictures of the bus just waiting for someone to return to the bus.  She explained that her dad was one of the men that had worked on our buses.  His name was Ralph Gunnett.  As a matter of fact, his name is part of the logos on the bus.  Ralph was fighting cancer when Monaco was working on our buses.  Ralph was the gentleman that took all of the extra care with our little donation bus. 

It was such a wonderful treat for us to meet them again.  They had never seen the inside of the bus, so we gave them a tour and took a few photos.  

Ralph lost his battle with cancer shortly after the buses were gifted to us in 2013.

We touch so many lives in so many ways that I am not sure we have a clue.  I kept thinking about what it meant to that family to see something that a loved one had poured his heart and soul into and that it was being used for the purpose of positively impacting lives. 

What an incredible gift for us to be able to share this with them. 

On a side note, Ralph’s daughter was just visiting from Tennessee, due to a death in their family, and her husband was deployed in Iraq.  You could not wipe the smile off of her face.  PRICELESS!!!!!!!!

 

 

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Overwhelmed by the Camraderie

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The Hello Gorgeous retreat for 2016 was my first experience in being a part of this event.  I must admit I was a little apprehensive as I did not know quite what to expect.  When I asked some other members that have attended, the only answer they could give was “you can’t really explain it, it is such an amazing experience”.   So now I was super anxious and curious.
The first couple hours was busy with getting settled in and having dinner with everyone.  Then it was on to the start of our retreat.  Still not sure what to expect, I was totally overwhelmed by the comraderie that filled the room.  I felt I was with a part of my extended family; people who had a vested interest in each other and the passion and commitment for Hello Gorgeous!
The exercises and activities were focused on our own personal growth and goals.  It gave me the ability to assess my own personal life and determine what goals I needed to achieve.  It was a true discovery of what holds me back, what hurdles or obstacles I allow to get in the way and how to put myself on a path of personal happiness and fulfillment.
It was a big awakening for me in participating in this retreat.  The biggest take away for me was the feeling of being determined to “get things done” and to stop allowing obstacles to get in the way.  The day I left, I felt renewed, positive, and happy and determined to achieve the goals I have set for myself in 2016. 
 We were also asked to pick a word that would be our word/guide for the year…my word is “faith”……faith in myself, faith in the people around me, faith in my decisions, faith that I can accomplish anything I set out to do…………RENEWED AND FULL OF FAITH!
 
Pam Eichorst

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Changing Lives for the Better

The journey of life takes us in so many directions. How we interpret and act on these adventures defines us. I have been through some tough times during the last 41 years. Some were created by outside forces but most were of my own doing. It has taken courage and maturity to realize that I am in control of how I perceive the world and I am perceived. With this said, I would like to tell you a little bit about how one journey has helped me shape who I am becoming.

In 2007, a good friend and I were putting together a golf outing in memory of a friend we lost. The outing was more of a party with friends and family, but the money raised was going to be donated to a local charity. My counter part insisted that Hello Gorgeous! should receive a portion of the profits. I was reluctant at first. I had never heard of them and it still a fairly new organization. I wasn’t sure if would their program would last. Would the money be better donated to a more established group? We set up a meeting with Trisha, one of the first members of Hello Gorgeous! She spoke to us about their philosophy of transforming the inside and the oust side of a woman with cancer. I was sold.

During late summer of 2008 I was approached by Mike and Kim Becker, the founding members of Hello Gorgeous!, to volunteer for their organization. Intrigued by what I had seen, the heart and soul that they put into this charity, I agreed. That was the start of a life-changing, heart pulling journey that I will never forget.

The full name is Hello Gorgeous! of Hope, Inc. Hope, a word that denes every cancer patient with whom I have come in contact. They appear to hold on to hope every bit of strength they have left. In fact, it is the only thing, from an outsider’s perspective, they have to keep them going. Fight the good fight. I know, everybody has a different feeling or reason that they are fighting for but hope is at the base. Hope that they will beat this nasty disease, hope they will feel whole again, hope that they will see their loved ones grow old, hope that they will be able to build more loving memories.

These are the reasons why I am a part of Hello Gorgeous I have absolutely no experience in the beauty industry and yet I have seen the transformations, I have felt the thankful hugs from the Gorgeous! women and I have seen the look on the faces of the family and friends of our Gorgeous! Women. A look of joy and happiness one can not fully describe.

Lastly, I would like to thank Kim and Mike for letting me be apart of this wonderful experience. You have changed my life for the better, which in turn, helps me change the life of someone else. Godspeed my Hello Gorgeous! Family.

Thad Schmidt

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HG! and Me


I feel that I've been around since the inception of Hello Gorgeous!.  I did not have much to do with the legalese and paperwork of creating the non-profit.  However, from the moment I found out about this calling, I was in. 

It has been quite the experience to watch this dream come to fruition.  

I feel that I bring my leadership/management skills from my retail background to the executive team.  I feel that I still have so much more to give.  I am also sure that my other executive members feel the same way. This team, like other successful teams, is made of many different personalities and styles.  I feel that is what makes our executive team "special".  

Sometimes I think I've gained so much more out of this experience, than I could ever give.  That has been quite the motivator to continue to be part of the team that pushes this mission forward.  I am honored to know that I have the opportunity to be part of something that has such an impact on these women battling through some of the toughest moments in their lives.  

I would like to thank Hello Gorgeous! and ourGorgeous Women for giving more to me than they can ever understand. 

Much Love,

Dan-O

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Magical Moments

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Magical Moments

Okay, my favorite makeover over the years.  I have been pondering this question and can honestly answer... they are all my favorite! 

The 3 hours we have with these women during their makeover is magical. They are so inspiring. From a mom who devoted her life to her son, to a women in the military, to a sister that asked God to give her cancer rather than ever give it to her sisters.  I remember a principal of an elementary school, who just came back from her daughter's wedding and had too much work to do to have a makeover ( we did her visit anyway and she loved it) and a lovely gardener who use to be in the accounting department at Playboy Incorporated. They all have a heartfelt story. I am grateful, that God has given me the honor to use my talent for the greater good. Restoring the beauty that cancer steals.

It's not always the beauty on the outside that we help restore.  Sometime, most of the time, this experience also brings back that beauty in them that their disease has imprisoned on the inside. 

Trisha

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Skill and Passion

Hi! My name is Ann and I have been a part of Hello Gorgeous! for just under a year.

Hello Gorgeous! provides red-carpet experiences for woman battling all cancers through full spa, ambush-style makeovers in one of our 36’ mobile day spas or by one of our partnering affiliate salons across the United States, at no cost to our gorgeous women.  I love Hello Gorgeous for many reasons, but the top reason is seeing the transformation of a woman with cancer that takes place during a makeover.

There is nothing more rewarding than watching one of these beautiful women that, through their treatment, are experiencing all sorts of emotions like depression, anger, sadness, or just plain feeling overwhelmed by it all, get a little “break” in their life through a visit from Hello Gorgeous!.  Every step of the makeover process peels away a little of the stress that a woman goes through while fighting her cancer.  To watch her relax, and smile, and laugh, and feel more vibrant and confidant than she has felt in a long time is so emotionally rewarding to watch!

My role as an executive team member at Hello Gorgeous! is, first and foremost, to fill any needs for the organization that I am capable of doing. With that being said, I am a licensed practicing barber, so I am able to help the HG! team when we perform makeovers. I am also trained by Hello Gorgeous! to help certify salons that apply for our Salon Affiliate program. I am excited to see all of the places I might travel to and all the passionate salon owners I might meet on this part of my journey with Hello Gorgeous! 

Lastly, I have a skill and a passion for social media. For some reason, it fascinates me.  So, I am currently taking ongoing education to expand my knowledge in this area, so I can be of more help in growing Hello Gorgeous! and its social presence. The more we grow, the more women we can help. It is our passion at Hello Gorgeous to help restore the beauty that cancer steals to as many women as we possibly can.

Ann

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We Are A Family

Elissa Schmidt                  Art Director

Elissa Schmidt                  Art Director

Feb 24 at 5:25 PM

One weekend a year I get a break and I work my butt off! Well, that is not entirely true. I get more breaks than one, but I rarely step away from kids, home, dog and jobs completely. But I do (we all do) work my butt off.

One weekend a year I am focused on HG! and HG! alone. There are a ton of over-used adjectives I could throw in here to try to describe how nice it is to work on one thing, focus on each moment. But they just won't cut it . So think about if you were able to step away from home and responsibility and focus on one thing for two days that made a difference, that left a mark on someone else's world. 

No outside distractions, surrounded by people who truly want you to succeed at HG! and in your own life. Who are willing to see you, accept your truth without any fear of repercussions. People who honestly see my growth, as growth for HG! and the women we have dedicated our time to serve with some talent and a little sweat. 

And we laugh, pretty much the entire weekend. Sometime my belly hurts and my cheeks are sore because we laughed so much. Sometimes my eyes are red because we have cried and sometimes (usually Saturday night) I am so tired I can't keep my eyes open. But it is worth it. We are part of something bigger, something more important. 

We are a family

Elissa 

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A Life Worthwhile - Michael Becker

All of our lives are busy.  They are chocked full of work and kids, meals and errands, fitness and family, school and an occasional vacation, if we are fortunate.  Sometimes, there does not seem like enough hours in the day for what you have on your plate, let alone adding anything to it. Things like volunteering and charity work come last on that plate, if ever.  Most people say, "Where would I find the time," and no one would fault you for it.  That was my life growing up, and it has only been the last 25 years that I have ever found the "luxury time" to volunteer. I was not taught to volunteer growing up.  It was not part of our family culture -  volunteering is for retirees, right?  Or those so well-off that they don't need to work for a living?  Had I not been dragged to my first volunteer post kicking and screaming, I would never have experienced one of the most freeing, fulfilling, heartwarming experiences of my life.  To give of your self to others - your time, your money, your skill, your love - there is nothing else like it in the world.  

So I challenge you.  Volunteer for something in your life.  Use your talents, whatever they are, to benefit others.  Give without expectation - help someone that you wont ever receive help from yourself.  I promise you that it will have a more profound effect on YOU that it does on whomever you help.  Don't skip this part of life.  Einstein said, "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."  And he was the smartest man in the world, after all.

Michael

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A Heart Thing

Julene Franz

Julene Franz

Julene Franz is not only our Executiver Affiliate Coach, that goes in and certifies Affiliate Salons across the United States.  She was also one of the first salon owners to step forward and make the committment to become an Affiliate Salon in our program 5 years ago.  She and her crew at FIX Salon Spa in Elkhart , IN have performed makeovers on over 50 women battling cancer in her community.  She is a savvy and dedicated businesswoman, a caring and giving human being, and a voice in our organization.  

"Why I love Hello Gorgeous is because I can be part of something that makes a profound difference in the world and is bigger than myself. Seeing women come alive during their Hello Gorgeous makeover is something that you cannot put into words. It is a “heart” thing. . . and my heart loves it all.

I am on the Hello Gorgeous Executive Team as an Executive Salon Affiliate Coach. I have the honor of certifying new salons who become Hello Gorgeous Salon Affiliates. Maintaining a level of excellence and high standards for our women’s Hello Gorgeous Makeovers is my ultimate goal in bringing new salons on-board for this prestigious and heart-felt organization. I am beyond blessed to be a part of it."

Julene

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Wearing Many Hats

Trisha Greenlee, Creative Director since 2006

Trisha Greenlee, Creative Director since 2006

I started with Hello Gorgeous in 2005 I was fresh out of beauty school.  When my sister Kim and her husband, Mike heard their calling to start our mission of Hello Gorgeous!, my husband (who is an amazing man) and I told them that, " We are in!" 

It's been an amazing 10-year ride.  As the Creative Director, I wear many hats - from participating in Hello Gorgeous! visits, certifying our Affiliate Salons across the United States, fundraising, social media, and so much more. 

This mission from God started with $1.  We have set out to help women battling cancer nationwide. Currently, we have  two RV mobile salons, and over 35 Hello Gorgeous certified Affiliate Salons that have  additional tools to keep women safe in a salon environment. They feel pampered, pretty, and confident again.

We have had the pleasure of meeting thousands of people as we expand this mission. This is not just a job.  This is our Calling and our passion!  It is amazing to be a part of this ripple effect, and be a small part of making our world a better place! 

Trisha

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My Juice

Those of you who know me know that I wear some article of clothing which has "Hello Gorgeous!" on it almost every day.  My favorite is a red hoodie with a big white logo on the front of it. My husband tells me that people think that this is the only piece of clothing that I own!

I wear it because, well let's face it, it is comfortable and is certainly a conversation starter. 

Hello Gorgeous! Just hearing the words can make people smile. Many people will ask, "What is Hello Gorgeous?" and I then have the opportunity to tell them what we do. But, on many occasions, we will bump into a Gorgeous Woman who has been touched by our program, or a loved one who has been, and I get to hear their story.

The story of their makeover and what it meant to them, and their story of survival and inspiration - that is what is important to me.  That is my juice.  It is why I am up working at 5:30 am, six days a week, and finishing my paperwork and emails from bed at 10:00 at night.  Knowing the stories of these women, their experience, that is my favorite part of the job.  It gives me wings.

A few weeks back I was in an elevator at our local hospital and, of course, I was wearing my red Hello Gorgeous hoodie. There were three women on the elevator when I got on. I smiled at them and said, "Hello" and one of the women said to the younger girl, "Hey, there's your program!"  I asked if she had received a makeover and she lit up like a Christmas tree as she recounted her experience at our Salon Affiliate, FIX Salon Spa, in Elkhart, Indiana. I had remembered seeing her before-and-after pictures from the day and hearing her story from the salon owner, but to hear it from her was priceless.

These are the special moments. This is my juice.



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The One Word That Will Define 2014

A few years back Mike and I started a yearly exercise that we have now passed down to our Executive Team.  We choose one word that will exemplify our actions for the entire year.  Last year my word was Excellence.  Everything I did exuded excellence.  This year my word is Bold.  I want to live in a way I have never lived before.  I want to take chances and take larger steps in Faith than in years prior.  This year I want to make things happen that Glorify God’s favor.  I feel that if I step out, God can step in.  So I would like for challenge you.  Choose one word that will exemplify every action you take the rest of this year.  Post the word where you will see it daily.  I went so far as to have a bracelet made with the word on it so that it was with me where ever I went.  Try it and watch the transformation that will take place.  Share your word with me.  Let me know how God is working when you step out and you let Him step in.

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