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A Woman Who Helped Me


One never knows how friends will enter your life.  It’s one of those things that we are just not in control of.  You just look up one day, and that friend is there.  And you’re thankful. 

For me, one such friend is Victoria Duke.  Victoria just appeared in my life one day, via Facebook.  She wrote on my page, “I’d love to meet you.  I think you’re FAB!”  When I read it, I gave it my signature headtilt, as I had no idea who she was.  We had no friends in common.  I thought it odd.  So I didn’t respond.  A couple weeks later, she wrote again and left her phone number.  This time, I called her.  She seemed sane enough and I agreed to meet her.  LOVED HER from the minute I saw her.  She’s a celebrity makeup artist, who has traveled the world painting faces.  She’s also a local business owner, who focuses on giving women new starts.  She dishes out as much life advice as she does anything else. 

I have no idea where I would be without Vic.  She’s a true friend.  She wants NOTHING but the best for me.  And not only me, EVERYONE around her.  She sees  good in everyone and her heart is pure gold.  And that’s probably the hardest part to understand about her.  Nearly every horrible thing that could happen to a woman has happened to her.  Yet, she’s still standing.  And reaching down to help the fallen to stand with her.  She’s helped me understand my worth.  She’s helped me with my business.  She’s helped me by just being someone that I know is always in my corner.  In the spirit of Mother’s Day, I salute you, Victoria Duke!

After the devastating earthquake, the tiny country of  Haiti has also had friends appear.  Ones that they      least expected and have no idea how they appeared.  But, all over the world folks have supported Haiti and it’s people.  They looked up one day and help was there.  And they’re thankful.

I was introduced to Heart of Haiti last year.  They are a group of Haitian artisans who take the most unlikely raw materials and turn them into extraordinary art.  It’s sold exclusively at Macy’s.  Check out the collection and consider making a purchase for Mother’s Day.  A gift that gives back, as all sales help provide better nutrition, improved education, and healthcare–for the artisans and their families.  Use the special discount code CLEVERGIRLS for a 15% discount between May 3-May 8. 

Disclosure:  I was selected for this very special “CleverHaiti” opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity. All opinions are my own.

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One Response to “A Woman Who Helped Me”

  1. Linda says:

    nice..wonderful to see so many good folks still exist..keep on doing what u do!

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