Author Archives: Mystique

About Mystique

Mystique is the Founder of Coordinator For A Day. In her journal "Make My Day", she hopes to inspire not only small business owners, but more specifically women who continue to face challenges head on in an effort to make their own dreams come true -- whatever those dreams may be.

Don’t Blow Out The Candles

by Mystique | Founder of Coordinator For A Day

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Today is my birthday. Just shy of a milestone year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on years past as well as set my sights on what lies ahead. I have been gifted with a day that also commemorates one of the world’s greatest visionaries, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. It is in his spirit that I am moving today, set adrift on legacies and inspiration. Cocooned in perseverance and not so random acts of courage. Dreaming of what I dare hope to accomplish in my lifetime. Fearlessly ambitious.

Tears that I’ve shed over vast disappointments leave no imprint. I thought we would have been much further up the mountain top than the day he left us. I thought I would have been much closer to my version of the promise land that I’ve dreamed about since I was a little girl. But I’ve learned just because it hasn’t happened in the time frame in which we expect, it doesn’t mean that it is over.

Don’t blow out the candles.

The spark of hope illuminates from us when we keep going even when all seems lost; even when it’s not certain that we will actually get there. Our convictions, our passion, our vision compels us to move forward and propels us even further than we thought we’d go. We can cry out in agony from the unfairness of it all or we can rejoice in the small victories that we’ve accomplished along the way.

But don’t you dare blow out the candles.

Let your light shine so bright even through the darkest moments of the darkest times. This life that we are gifted to live requires us to be courageous, mandates us to be difference makers and change masters. It will not be an easy road to the top of the mountain and the path to achieve your impossible dream may be rife with many pitfalls and much despair. But the alternative is to lay down and give up, not knowing that if you had taken that very next step, you could very well have reached the summit.

Today is my birthday.

I will write, I will encourage, and I will celebrate. I will move through my day as I have been purposed to do. However, as the chords of a familiar birthday tune fades, I will not blow out my candles. Every flicker is a reminder of the responsibility that I have to our forefathers and our future generation to carry the torch, to ignite hope and to be the flame of change I want to see.

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The Art of Sacrifice

by Mystique | Founder of Coordinator For A Day

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It’s not easy being a dreamer. It’s even harder being fueled by such a strong passion that acts as an unyielding driving force propelling you to move forward even when you are afraid.  It’s a challenge believing in something bigger than yourself and championing causes that seem futile to some, but for you it’s simply your life’s work. What have you sacrificed along the road to the success? What did you lay down on the line for the good of your purpose? A true measure of the sacrifice is if you were faced with the same choice and absolutely no visible gain, would you do it all again?

On this Memorial Day, as we reflect on the sacrifices our fallen heroes have made for the sake of our freedom, I am questioning whether or not I am going above and beyond the call of duty in my own life or if I am simply playing it safe. Countless lives were lost so that I could have the freedom to follow my passion. Mothers and Fathers buried their young so that I could build a business. Battles raged on so that I could achieve my version of the American Dream.  But to whom much is given, much is required.

It’s not enough to simply try, to press onward toward a vision only to wave the white flag in surrender when the road gets tough. It’s not enough to say, “I gave my all” when there is still breath in my body and energy to spare. It’s not enough to believe I’ve done my part in helping others, when there is obviously still so much work to be done.

The art of sacrifice is when you no longer see yourself because the cause is greater and the reward is immeasurable. It’s the quintessential “dare to be great” moment, the do it now and suffer the consequences later split-second decision that changes your life course forever. It’s the stand up and fight that empowers you to champion the needs of others instead of yourself. And though it may not make you a hero, you will become the ultimate warrior when you’ve laid down your life, not in death, but in living to find more ways in which you can give.

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My First Love

by Mystique | Founder of Coordinator For A Day

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First Love

Do you remember your first love? I definitely remember mine. I remember the moment we first met and how excited I would get when he would call. There wasn’t texting or Facebook status updates so that we could still feel connected even when we were apart. Instead there was teenage longing poured into pages of letters and “Dear Diary” entries. I remember thinking those feelings would last forever. But as is the case with many teenage love affairs, it didn’t last long. But once I had experienced my own version of love, I wanted to feel that spark again. And that same energy carries over into business.

Once you have discovered your passion you experience a love unlike any other.  You follow it, sometimes blindly, wherever it may lead you. You have epic battles and it sometimes breaks your heart leaving you feeling lost in your purpose until something happens that creates a spark that ignites you and then you fall in love all over again.

At the heart of it all, entrepreneurs are thrill-seekers. We pour our guts into our ideas and visions with strong convictions and no regard for the pain of possible failure or rejection. It’s hard for us to comprehend how anyone could go an entire lifetime without experiencing the spark of their passion or how others opt to play it safe in order to minimize heartbreak and disappointment.

In the business of love and the pursuit of your dreams, you owe it to yourself to be fearless. Because even if the sparkle fizzles, when you’re fueled by passion you somehow find a way to rekindle the flame.

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