do what you love. love what you do.

I first heard this saying from Brandi Shigley of Fashion Denver and it has always resonated with me. I am so thankful I have the opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives. This is one story of why I love what I do.

I recently received a call from a friend of a friend interested in hiring me to work with a life-long friend of hers. She warned me that this woman could be a little difficult, was brash, and said what she thought. I am always up for a good challenge but was a little intimidated at first. My new client and I emailed back and forth and spoke on the phone one time prior to our first meeting. During the Initial Consultation she told me “women’s clothes are stupid”, she only bought men’s clothing, and you only need three pairs of shoes in your closet- dress shoes, Tevas, and tennis shoes. I was intrigued…and appalled by the shoe statement! She was skeptical that I would find women’s clothes to fit her that she liked, and that it would make a difference in her life.

Shopping day arrived and we met at the store. I was brimming with excitement and she was still skeptical. I pulled a rolling rack of clothing from the back of the store for her and took it to the dressing room. I explained that I picked clothing options that she could mix and match and everything would go together. We started with pants, moved to shirts, and then onto jackets. We found two pairs of pants, two jackets, five shirts, and two necklaces that she really liked and was comfortable in. She was a great sport and I felt like her personal cheerleader! She even took out a credit card at the store and said she would definitely come back to shop on her own. I also had a few linen shirt-jackets on hold for her at a little boutique, 5 Green Boxes, and to my surprise- she actually wanted to go there too! After trying on the jackets- she decided that she really liked two of them and just had to have them. I noticed a change in her- she smiled and her face lit up. As we were leaving- she hugged me and kissed me on the cheek.

This is the phone call I received that night from her friend who had hired me: “I just have to tell you that you did really wonderful work today in ways that you probably can’t imagine. She was really excited, she was really feeling like she could go out for the first time in awhile, and that she was really afraid that you’d never find nice clothes for her to fit into. It was a stunning day for her and I think changed some really big things. I don’t think she could tell you that. But I want you to know that the influence and effect you had on her, that you trusted her and that you were so positive- was hugely healing to her. And I wanted you to know that because sometimes people aren’t told how much difference they make and you made a huge difference today. I just wanted you to know that sweetie. It was really important. Thanks so very much.”

That call brought me to tears and is truly why I do what I love and love what I do.

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One Response to do what you love. love what you do.

  1. Tina says:

    TINA! I love that story! That is amazing and brought tears to my eyes as well!! I love helping people discover how beautiful they can be expressing their own unique style, It feels so good to help people find pieces that are fun, funky, a perfect fit for them!!

    If you ever are out shopping on the weekend, come see me at Garbarini!! It would be great fun to catch up with you and I’d love to help you help your clients as well!!

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