I woke up yesterday morning, went through my normal routine, and sat down to watch the first fifteen minutes of “Live with Regis and Kelly”and began a day filled with special moments that I had to write about. The first topic out of the gate for Regis was the announcement of Ashton landing a new role on Two and a Half Men. I can’t tell you how happy that made me and throughout the day I thought about it countless times…The year I discovered Ashton was nothing less than a magical year. We shared special times and have many times since. It is an honor to know our passion for scouting changes peoples lives. Ashton is one of a kind and I know this is just one of many future successes and I am so proud of him.

My next adventure was a simple one. I was in desperate need of a pedicure. There is a small nail salon five minutes from my house that we go to, but when I pulled into the parking lot it was busy, and honestly I didn’t want to go in and hear questions about business and our models. I wanted quiet and relaxation and I was looking forward to immersing myself in the book I’m reading now “The Best Advice I Ever Got“by Katie Couric. I drove to a nail salon I never go to, got right in, sat down, opened the book, and lost myself. As the pedicure was wrapping up, another woman came and sat next to me, and we began chatting about American Idol. The woman was upbeat and happy to share with me a milestone in her life. In her late 40’s she had gone back to school, and today is her graduation day. She was beaming with pride for her accomplishment. I shared with her my belief that our lives have seasons, and almost in unison we grabbed each others arms and said IT’S NEVER TOO LATE. It was a special moment. I opened up to this stranger that I had just lost my mom, and how proud I was of the fact that my mother moved here to St Louis at 79 years old. My mother showed me “It’s Never Too Late” for a fresh start. A year and a half later, my life is changed forever….

My life is filled with a series of “Chance Meetings” that were and are life changing. I have learned to live with my eyes open, listen, and be aware of my surroundings. When I got up to sit and let my nails dry, I felt a nudge in my spirit to pay for her pedicure. I got up, walked over, and asked if it would be okay for me to treat her to this pedicure as my congratulations to her. She broke into tears, I knew it meant a lot to her, and it meant even more to me. She was a special lady and we had a sweet encounter. IT’s NEVER TOO LATE, and she is planning a move to Georgia at 49 years old later this summer. Kudos to her!

Finally, as the day went on, Jeff and I decided to have a quiet night at home. We went and grabbed a pizza, came home, watched Shark Tank, and finished the evening watching one of Oprah’s final episodes. They revisited a story of a man named George Dawson. At 98 years old, he had never been to school, a grandson of a slave, he didn’t even know the alphabet. At 100 years old,  a local teacher decided to teach George how to read. Two years after learning to read, he became a best selling author of the book, “Life is so Good”  Mr Dawson passed away in 2001 at the age of 103. Today his legacy lives in at George Dawson Middle School. His life story continues to inspire many people.  His life motto is seen throughout the school and on tee shirts the students wear. (I was blown away when they showed it after my earlier conversation with a stranger about her and my mother)….IT’S NEVER TOO LATE.

Oprah ended the show saying “A lesson for us all is ‘IT’S NEVER TOO LATE BECAUSE LIFE IS SO GOOD”

I couldn’t agree more. I love how simple encounters can be so inspiring.

I love stepping out everyday with the belief “We are on an adventure”

george

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