The Clearance Rack

Recently, I had a lot of shopping to do.  Hence, I found myself going to some of my favorite places - the outlets, the discount stores, etc.  I guess I learned early on that there is little cash equity in clothes.  Being someone who was at one time a "PAW" as described in the book, "The Millionaire Next Door," I now like to make my money stretch and work for me.

So I am proud to say, I combed the aisles of "Nordstrom Rack" looking for something unique, well-priced and better yet - on sale.  It's so interesting how when I am not in sweatpants and a baseball cap, I "clean up" pretty nicely.  Most people stop me as I walk down the street to comment on my shoes, my clothes or my computer bag.  If they ask "Where did you get that?"  I never have a problem saying the name of the discount store where I found my treasures.  Or that I got it at 70% off.  Sure, one day I may buy a pair of Jimmy Choo's or Christian Louboutain's.  But it is not on my short list of "must do's" before I leave this earth.  In fact, I will more likely get a kick out of buying 100 pairs of shoes for 2-3 single mothers one day.

Yep.  My priorities are a bit different.

So for me, I can often find unique but classic, timeless, eye-catching and well-priced finds in the discount store or the clearance rack.  I find things of value that someone else underpriced.

Today, I must ask you, "Ladies, are you hanging on the clearance rack?"

Let me repeat myself, "Are YOU hanging on the clearance rack?"

Are you allowing someone else to "underprice" you?

If so, here is a news flash:  YOU, my superstar sister - are NOT ON SALE!

Today you need to know, if you are a child of the King - you are priceless!  I don't care who tries to undervalue you.  Shake 'em off and keep it moving!  Don't let anyone set a price tag undercutting your worth.  Again - BABY, YOU ARE NOT ON SALE!  Stop hanging on the clearance rack!

I know you think you have been single for too long and it may be time to do a "markdown".  Sometimes we get so worried about being alone or never getting married, that we settle for any old joker who rolls up on us.  As I said in my book, "We are just so happy to have a piece of a man, than no man at all."  We let them call us when they feel like it and not call us when they don't feel like it.  We let them call us at the last minute and text us in lieu of having a grown folks conversation.  They text us while they are out with another woman and we let them text another woman while they are out with us.  We let them come over at 2 AM on a Wednesday and ignore us over the weekend.  Break up with us and still come over from time to time because they miss our "friendship".   Date us for ten years, and marry some other chick they met 6 months prior.

Need I go on?   When we accept this nonsense, we bring down the stock price for ALL OF US.

Don't get mad at me for telling the truth.  I've got a drawer full of "t-shirts" myself...

But I finally learned it was time to look in the mirror and realize WHO I AM.   And make no mistake about it, I am VERY clear.  Fools better run... I am NOT the one at this point.

Girlfriend, I don't care if your phone doesn't ring for the next three months.  I don't care.  You don't have to put up with it.  God says "You are precious in my sight".  Look in the mirror.  Look at your beautiful skin and lovely hair.  Look at your curvy "smoking hot" body.  Go look at your PhD, and your awards and accolades.  You put two kids through school by yourself!  You bought your own home, your own car, and your own clothes.  Oh you fancy huh?  That's right - you are!  Plus, you kept the house together and took care of your sick parent.  Again WHO are you letting determine your value???  Get off the clearance rack - RIGHT NOW!  With so many unhappily married folks I know, I beg you to please be content and enjoy whatever state God allows you to be in. 

On another note, I know you can't stand your job.  You've been falsely accused.  I know it's not fair that you have to prove yourself more, and jump through more hurdles just to get a raise or a promotion.

I know.

It isn't fair.

But girlfriend, you are still the top salesperson and no one can change that!  Your leadership has been world-class and uncompromising.  You won an Emmy because of your brilliant creativity!  You didn't make your deals in the strip club, or because you were a member of the "club".  You got yours from pure HARD WORK!  And know this, there are companies out here who will value you and pay you what you are worth.   Don't settle.  Don't run out of the door in a "Sista girl" huff.  Get what you deserve and do it on your terms!  I don't care if it takes two months or two years, STAY OFF OF THE CLEARANCE RACK!!! 

A final aside:  To my MBE's and WBE's trying to build a business - stop discounting just to get a piece of a contract.  And stop working for free.  You are running a BUSINESS, and no business makes a profit without income.  Plus, your company has "mad skills" so set a fair price and stay away from the clearance section.

You have to know who you are for yourself.  And you have to know whose you are!  When you know whose you are, there is no way you can legitimately accept any kind of "okey doke".  You will "keep it moving".   That means, ON TO THE NEXT ONE!  Again, know your value.  When we let other people determine our value, we can end up underpriced and sold too quickly, or moved to the sales rack.

Here is the key:  Wait on the Lord.  Wait I say.

At Nordstrom Rack, I found two awesome dresses that I would have paid more for.  I got a steal - and Nordstrom didn't get their value for the sale.  Don't give away your value today.  You have had enough stolen from you.  Now it is time to remain content to stay in the "front window" as long as it takes to get what you deserve.

I will see you at the top.

"If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.  All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:

You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.  The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock--the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.  Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.  You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.  The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven."  

(Deut 28:1-7, but read the entire chapter)



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