March 14th, 2013

A Goose Bump Moment

by Jacqueline Whitmore

This e-mail made my day. No, it made my entire month! I received it today from a friend who works for the Economic Development Council (EDC) in Haines City, Florida. My heart is still singing with joy and gratitude!


Hi Jacqueline:

I have to tell you what happened to me today.

A women came into the EDC today with a dream and determination. Her name is Denise. She and her husband are veterans trying to make ends meet. They live in Kissimmee, FL and have a small computer repair shop out on Highway 17-92 in Haines City. Denise wants to start an IT School here in Haines City so she came in to present her business plan to me.

Denise is well spoken and educated in business. Although, it was apparent she did not have the funds for proper business attire and unable to afford to have teeth put in where her two front ones were missing, her enthusiasm to make a difference was inviting enough for me to stop what I was doing and listen to her dream.

Small downtown business development is not what the EDC handles. We have a business liaison at the city that handles this form of economic development. However, within minutes, it became apparent to me that God was giving me a mission to do whatever I possibly can to help Denise make her dream come to fruition.

WP_20130312_001I have both of your books on a book stands on a table in my office. Denise spotted your books and knew exactly who you were. She expressed how she was a huge fan of yours and how lucky I was to have met you, and to have signed copies of your books. She has always wanted to attend your seminars and buy your books, however, her funds do not permit those luxuries at this time.

I told her that the next time you have a seminar in our area I would be happy to bring her. You would have thought I hung the moon with her overwhelming response. After she left, I checked my e-mails before heading to lunch, and there in my inbox was your invitation to the Publicity Boot Camp. Okay!! That was my goose bump moment.

May I purchase your books for Denise and will you autograph them? I know it would mean so much to her and I would really like to make that happen. Please advise when you get a chance.

Cyndi Jantomaso

Deputy Director of Economic Development
Haines City Economic Development Council
608 Ingraham Avenue, Suite 2
Haines City, FL 33844

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3 Responses to “A Goose Bump Moment”

  1. Christine Martinello on March 14th, 2013 5:16 pm

    You are touching so many people’s lives in a remarkable way! That’s why we’re authors – words linger where we can not.

  2. Arden Clise on March 14th, 2013 6:38 pm

    I LOVE this story. There are so many wonderful things about it. Cyndie’s giving spirit and determination to help Denise, your wonderful influence and inspiration to others and the goosebump timing of your email. So wonderful!

  3. Jacqueline on March 14th, 2013 8:47 pm

    Me too, Arden. It just goes to show that we don’t have to be present to touch someone else’s life.

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