Free will and a Calling from God
This September of 2019 will mark the 14th anniversary of this amazing journey called Hello Gorgeous!
Hello Gorgeous! is a non-profit organization that provides complimentary makeovers and cosmetic education to women battling all cancers.
It was a beautiful September day that we were traveling back from Indianapolis to our home in South Bend. We were about half way home when God placed this calling on my heart. This vision of a Mobile Day Spa that would help women with cancer feel like a queen for a day.
It seemed so far out of this world. The vision that God gave me was huge. Who did He think I was??? I was a hairdresser! Just a hairdresser!! Not a millionaire, I didn’t have college degree and I had no idea how to start a non-profit. I was just a hairdresser with a huge heart to serve.
I am often remined of a saying that states “God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.” I have to remember that all of the time. I couldn’t wrap my brain around why God would choose me to take on this amazing conquest. I also realized that God has given me free will. When God placed this on my heart, I could have said “Absolutely Not!” but I didn’t say “no” I said let’s find a way.
Now I will say that this has been one of the most challenging things that I have ever done in my life. You see when I owned the salon I felt as if I had control over our income. I could recruit stylists, I could train stylists, I made my own schedule and if money got a little tight, I could run retail sale. As a non-profit, I can not make people give me money. I have to convince individuals that Hello Gorgeous! is a worthy cause and then ask them to support my cause financially. This is certainly a huge leap of faith. And I will say that my faith has grown. Things have always worked out, just maybe not the way I thought that they should work out.
2017 was a rough year both personally and professionally. In April of that year we lost one of our Mobile Day Spas. It was not easy to watch my dream go up in smoke. Then only 2 months later I lost my husband, the love of my life. Talk about having my faith tested.
I will tell you that there is not a doubt in my mind that Michael was the love of my life and I have no doubt that Hello Gorgeous! is my calling in life.
I am glad that I used my fee will to say yes.
My challenge to you is to ask yourself today “What am I called to do?” What are your special gifts and talents that you possess that you can be using to make the world a better place?
To hear more about my journey and the entire story about the start of Hello Gorgeous! and where we are now in our journey, take a listen Episode 3 of our Podcast. I promise you will be inspired.