This week a precious 39-year-old wife and mother of two that I had the pleasure of meeting through another client (and friend) passed away from cancer. I went into our personal consultation session last fall knowing her terminal diagnosis. I knew she had lost her hair, so her color analysis (which is based first on natural hair color, then eye color and skin tone) was not going to be as easy to determine. She also had a large tumor on her leg that made it difficult to address the clothes and styles that would best flatter her body shape. I was really going to be tested. I was nervous and anxious, doubting the path God had lead me down. I thought to myself, what in the world could this message do for her now? I thought only of what I could do for her. I doubted what God could do through me, through this message of true beauty.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
On that Saturday morning we sat together around the kitchen table for nearly two hours, sharing our testimonies, our hearts, as we talked about what women desire to be no matter the shape, size, age, race, diagnosis – to be beautiful, inviting, captivating. I simply listened and shared my knowledge. I didn’t have all the perfectly scripted answers or understand exactly what she was going through. That is not my job.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
This is what is asked of me. I am truly blessed to have shared just a few short minutes with this sweet soul. She challenged me to learn more, to grow, in my profession and my faith. She displayed great devotion, courage, selflessness and strength in the storm. This amazing woman desired to be her best possible self, even in her final days. She wanted to be remembered as the beautiful women she was, inside and out. She wanted her light to shine as bright as possible until the end.
I am beyond grateful to have received this message following her death:
“Thank you for all your generosity and kindness toward her while she was visiting. She kept telling me for weeks afterwards how much she enjoyed her session and how it had given her new confidence to get dressed even when she wasn’t feeling great.”
My light shines brighter because of you Traci.
Let your light shine,