12 Days of Christmas Stories – Day 10

By December 15, 2018 December 19th, 2018 12 Days of Christmas

Today would have been my father-in-law’s 64th birthday. He became an angel before I was around.

Today we celebrated Christmas with family & Grandma, his mom.

The day was filled with togetherness, craziness, memories shared, memories made, sweet treats, good eats, and plenty of stories. J

A few more stories to keep us going:

  • Cleo came to us from a shelter, he was homeless, he had no transportation, and he wanted a chance. We meet with a LOT of people every day, week, month, and year. It’s simply not feasible that we will be that connection or next step for everyone we meet with. But we believed in him, we believed his story, we believed he would be different. We partnered with a client that was on the bus line and arranged a meeting. We made sure he was coached and ready to rock his interview – and he did. He was recently hired on at our customer and is in a role where he has benefits and stability! Way to go Cleo!
  • Matt came to us with 25 years of experience at his previous employer! We went back and forth with him about several opportunities when finally, the right position was in front of us. He sent a note:
    • “…I had to write you this thank you note for finding me this job at [Customer]. It is a perfect fit for both of us. They really like me and it is the same for me with them!”
  • Mario worked for us several years ago. He found his way back to us when he was looking for some part time work to make some extra money. We sent him to a customer where he was working 20 hours a week on top of his 40 hour a week job! He had some home remodeling projects he was eager to save for. Within a matter of weeks, he was outpacing some full time employees and we were hearing rave reviews. Then, one day we heard he was accepting full time work with our client and leaving his other job! He said he was loving it so much he couldn’t refuse! So when we called to congratulate him he said, “If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be here right now so thank you, thank you, and thank you!”

 Sometimes life is crazy.

Sometimes things don’t work out the way we plan them to.

Laugh with the craziness. Roll with the changes. Embrace the good. Look for the good. Spend energy thinking about the highlight reel. Hold on to the memories that will carry you through, and pause to appreciate the small moments – because when you begin to string them together they become significant.

Perhaps that doesn’t come naturally for you, so hang on to your hat because I’ll be back with more for 9 days J

Merry Christmas to you and yours,



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