Come and listen to a story ’bout a man named Jed
Poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed
Then one day he was shooting for some food,
And up through the ground come a bubbling crude
(Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea)
OK, not really
That’s not really the story I’m going to tell but when I sat down to start typing, I couldn’t get that song out of my head. (And now it’s in your head! Don’t tell me you didn’t just finish singing the rest of the lines of the song)
I don’t have a story about black gold but it’s quite a story. It’s one of those stories where as it was unfolding, I’m staying to myself, did that just freaking happen?
To start the story, I have to back up a bit to last month. I was at the tailend of my time of silence. I had tunneled my way out of the darkness and started seeing the first lights of understanding the spiral. I was experiencing a connection on a totally different level.
While I was sorting through my world, one of my biggest clients sent me some bad news. She had a story of her own to share. This happened, which then led to that thing and in the end, my client wasn’t sure if she would be able to renew our contract.
I’ve worked with these folks for 7 years. They were always on time with paying me and their monthly payments were a large part of my income. It took me about a week to get my head out of the financial loss I was going to experience. But I took a deep breath and tried to mentally move on.
You see, that’s one of the hardest things about being a small business owner. Some days, you’re up and some days you’re wondering how long you can live on the money in your savings account. That’s just the roller coaster ride you accept when you work for yourself.
But this time it was different. Because I’m different.
Back to the story
So the story picks up on last week. Resolving to get my money back on track, I was pushing forward with launching my new coaching programs. I wasn’t sure how many people would sign on to my programs but at least I was doing something. I was putting something out there to bring in some new income.
Monday was day full of being busy. In between my work, I repeated my financial affirmations. If you don’t remember me telling you about the book I’m reading with these, go back and read this post where I shared about my Do Nothing Day.
I shared with you the book I’m reading called The Wealthy Spirit by Chellie Campbell. And in a completely different story, I’ve actually had the pleasure to meet Chellie due to an online webinar program that we both participated in. We shared a few emails which resulted in an hour long phone conversation.
Tuesday morning, I’m standing in the shower repeating my affirmations. As I said this one out loud, my phone rang. In between the phone ringing its tune, I was saying, “Money flows to me through unexpected places.”
Not one to jump out of the shower to answer my phone, I let it go to voicemail. Out of the shower and dressed, I checked my message. I was stunned. I had to sit down and listen to the message again.
It was from a friend of mine that I’ve known for about 9 years. She told me that she was promoted 2 weeks ago to the Marketing Director of UCF (University of Central Florida), their Innovation and Entrepreneur Division and they asked her to re-work all of the social media marketing.
And she called me!
I called her back and we reviewed everything she needed. And I wasn’t up against any other companies competing for this contract. It was just me. I knew social media marketing, I already work with small businesses and I’ve been teaching workshops at Orlando’s National Entrepreneur Center.
She wanted me.
Still shaking from her call, I called a friend to share my good news. I told my friend the story about saying my financial affirmations in the shower. I reminded her about the book I was reading and where I had gotten the idea of even doing these financial sayings out loud.
In between the Holy Craps and Are You Freaking Kidding Me’s, my other line rings. It was my office line (when someone calls my office and leaves a message, my office number automatically calls my cell). I told my friend that I had to click over and take this call so I could check my messages.
Do you want to know who called me while I was on the phone telling my story? Chellie Campbell. The woman who had written the book I was reading. The person who wrote the same financial affirmation I was saying that started this whole thing. She was calling to check in with me to see how I was doing.
Yeah, I know … Holy Crap!
Fast forward to Thursday, I was in the UCF office meeting with my friend about the marketing work we discussed on the phone. It looks like this could turn into a year long contract with more work down the road.
How did this happen?
I wish I had all the answers about why things like this happen but I don’t. It would be easy to say I was lucky but then you would be discounting all the years of work I’ve put in to make me qualified for this type of project.
OR you could say, I just know the right people and I was in the right place at the right time.
OR is it possible that I willed this to happen? I said my affirmations. I believed that money would flow to me through unexpected places. And can it really be true? Is this is how this stuff really works?
Because if that’s how this works, then I can just stand back, take a deep breath and say, “Holy crap, I just made this freaking happen.”
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