A few years I met a spectacular woman, Natoshia. Here is the story, it was all a “mistake!” You see, she had made a call, only to discover she had dialed the wrong number. But, my friend, who answered the phone, chatted with her a little bit and told her she should meet me. And so, meet we did.
Natoshia is beautiful, inside and out. My friend introduced us because we both were interested in supporting other women. I had just launched my book Living Like A Lady When You Have Cancer. Natoshia had launched a business entitled Wiggin’ It, a company designed to help women with wigs due to hair loss. But, what really connected us was God, faith, and love of humanity.
So, fast forward a few years and I do more and more work, speaking, and writing around the idea of radiance. When it was time to do a few videos, Natoshia quickly popped to mind as someone who could share radiance in such a beautiful way.
Radiance is something that can not just be talked about, it needs to be lived. Natoshia lives it in ways I can only dream about. Every morning, her daughter chooses a mug for Natoshia to use at school that day. Natoshia bravely teaches fifth graders! The mug her daughter pulled yesterday was our mug that says “Be Radiant!” You have probably seen that mug in some of our videos.
That phrase caused Natoshia to pause yesterday. You see, every day at school, she shares a phrase of the day with her fifth graders. A phrase that they can use, that can motivate, that can challenge, that can empower. Because of that mug, she shared the phrase Be Radiant! She invited her students to learn about me, to talk about our friendship and to think about how they can be radiant for the day.
She texted me last night and shared that she thinks we are starting a Be Radiant movement. Her message gave me chills! The gift of a wrong number leads to a friendship, leads to sharing radiance in many different ways including with a class of fifth graders! Perhaps this was never a wrong number, perhaps this is God giving us the absolute right numbers!