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Glad I Used My Heart Not My Head

It’s no secret that I often struggle with wanting to help people for free. My desire to help people is stronger than my desire to make money for myself. Unfortunately after a few years of helping so many people for free, I began to realize that what I was doing was FREE for them, but it came at a cost to me. Once I quit my full-time job, helping people was my only source of income, so I tried to buckle down and do a better job of requiring payment for my help (services).

Back in December, I blogged about how difficult it was for me to charge a young Mom who called for help because she had just found out her 2 1/2 year old daughter had cancer. (You can read more about that here.) She could only afford to have us come help her for a few hours one day and that broke my heart. She still needed our help and I knew it. I couldn’t stop thinking about her and how I could make her life so much simpler, at least in that respect. However, I continued to fight my urge to run over there and help her because I was working on letting my head lead rather than my heart as far as my business dealings go.



Through a very odd set of circumstances after we worked with her initially, I found out that she wanted more help. Without hesitation and with sheer excitement at the thought of it, I made the decision to get a team of professional organizers together and go back to help her family for free for several days and I felt good about it! We got through decluttering and organizing the large majority of their home. I knew that I couldn’t take away the pain they were experiencing from fighting for their daughter’s life, but I knew that by helping them get organized, that would reduce a small portion of their stress.

That was back in March of this year. Sadly, their daughter, Annika lost the battle and was laid to rest October 3rd – exactly one year after the diagnosis. This news shattered my heart into so many pieces. I cannot begin to imagine how Annika’s Mom and Dad are doing. I was always so impressed with how calm and positive her parents were able to be in such a difficult situation.

Although my work with clients is normally confidential, in this particular situation I got permission from her parents to share their story. Annika’s Mom had started a blog when she was first diagnosed and I wanted to be able to share her blog with others. The main reason I wanted to share her blog was because there are opportunities for people to help them financially there. Like all of us, it’s not easy for them to ask for help. However, they need it. We can’t bring Annika back but we can help them with the other day to day hassles and expenses of having a terminally ill child while still trying to be a parent to their other children.

Please keep this family in your prayers and hug the ones you love. We’re never guaranteed a tomorrow. R.I.P. Annika.



Welcome to Modern Day Noah!

Well, I did it. After 4-5 agonizingly painful years of praying for direction from God, and challenging Him over and over to be sure that I understood His direction for my life, at the age of 51 and only 3 1/2 years away from a full pension that I had spent 25 1/2 years of my life building, I walked away from it all to pursue what I had come to understand was my life’s purpose and God’s direction. You can read more about that here.

With no husband or family to fall back on for financial support if things didn’t work out, it made no earthly sense to walk away from my $60,000 a year job that provided insurance coverage (medical, prescription, vision & dental), financial security and a $300,000 guaranteed pension at the age of 55. But by the time I made the decision and acted on it, I had absolutely no hesitation about whether or not I was doing the right thing. I had complete peace.

Why the name Modern Day Noah? There’s more to this story (click here to read the longer version of this compelling story), but in a nutshell it’s because Noah spent years building a gigantic ark, long before it had ever even rained on this earth, simply because he knew that was God’s desire and plan for his life. He obeyed even though it didn’t make any earthly sense. That’s exactly what I did. I’m sure Noah was judged and ridiculed for what he was doing but he believed and followed God’s direction anyway not knowing what the future would hold or why he was doing it. He just stepped out in faith and obeyed. That’s exactly what I’m doing. We all know how Noah’s story ended but mine is just beginning – at 51 years old! Only God knows where He will take me as I continue to follow His direction even when it makes no earthly sense.

This blog chronicles my journey and what led up to that gigantic leap of faith, the reasons that I finally knew it was the right decision and all of the great blessings that have followed because of that leap. Modern Day Noah hopes to motivate, encourage & inspire you to step out in faith and live out the life you were created to live, just as I did, even when it makes no earthly sense.