Anniversary Parties are Supposed to be Fun

Yesterday was the 7 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina; as Isaac hit the Gulf coast and churned and pounded over New Orleans, our office in Georgia looked on through the eyes of The Weather Channel. Our office in New Orleans is reported to be ok. Some of our clients have called to check on us, and that is greatly appreciated. Y’all are so sweet.

Friends sit on a bench near Lake Pontchatrain as Hurricane Isaac approaches in New Orleans (Gett/Chris Graythen) Picture courtesy of http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9507042/Hurricane-Isaac-New-Orleans-takes-a-beating-but-its-not-Katrina.html

Although Katrina and Isaac are no fun at all, I believe from posts I’ve seen on Facebook and news coverage that the people of the Gulf are doing what they’ve always done, and that is making the most of the moment. I’ve seen people hunkering down with their families (isn’t that a blessing in disguise; to be able to spend time with the family), and heard stories of citizens rescuing others from flooded areas. Amazing camaraderie in the U.S., but especially in the Gulf.

Some of our clients who are still reviewing and need to send in their claim forms to us for the BP oil spill class action are being affected by Isaac. We understand this and look forward to speaking to you soon.  Remember, we are here for you (literally and figuratively) once the storm clears; and we are praying for y’all during the storm.

With that, I must refer y’all to another blog post, “In the Midst of the Storm” by Kathy Bernard, who articulates so well what I intend to say,  I couldn’t do it justice if I tried. Enjoy!

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Walk in Truth & Love

Ephesians 6:12 states, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

It doesn’t matter if you’re a liberal or conservative, homosexual or heterosexual, or consider yourself somewhere in between; you’ve heard about the Chick-fil-A debacle that has been blown out of proportion. Let’s remember today that we have men and women overseas fighting for freedoms; one in which is the freedom of speech.

John taught us to walk in truth and love; he taught the truth about love, and the love of truth that cannot be separated from one another (2 John).

As Christians, we are to love one another; our neighbor and brother as ourselves.

I had a near and dear relative (who is openly homosexual) post that, “Chick-fil-A said they hate gays.” This is a lie. Let’s not put words in other’s mouths.

When asked by a Biblical Reporter about the company’s support for traditional marriage and opposition to gay marriage, Dan Cathy replied, “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families – some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that … We intend to stay the course. We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

So, let’s not forget who the real enemy is here. It is not the liberals or conservatives, homosexuals or heterosexuals; let’s not be deceived. See the truth as I’m presenting it in love.

Walk in truth and love today and every day. “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” –Matthew 5:9

Homosexuals will not continue to boycott Chick-fil-A. They already knew Chick-fil-A was a Christian founded and operated company and had to know the corporate views of the company before even asking. Just like many Christians who still eat at Hooter’s…..Hello?

Isn’t it refreshing to hear some truth and love today? It’s what you’ll always receive from us at Full Scope Services.

If you need help getting your BP claim in the class action settlement, we can direct you in truth and love with that as well.

Call us at 1-877-977-7949; e-mail info@fullscopeservices.com; or connect with us on our social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In.

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Trials, Blessings, Lemonade…And This Too Shall Pass

It’s been said that people are either coming out of a trial, going in to a trial, or in the midst of a trial. I’d say I’m in the middle of one. My husband has had some health issues the past several weeks, keeping him from work and getting to enjoy normal daily living; so we’ve been making lemonade.

Working for a company whose sole purpose is to help others manage and file claims, store important data, and valuate losses, I can’t help but wish I had someone to take all that burden off of me with the doctor’s orders, receipts, and business expenditures and losses my husband and I have personally encountered the past few weeks.

This made me realize how awesome Full Scope Services really is for so many people in distress.

I also realized that I already have someone to take the burden off my shoulders; and He does this on a daily basis if I just plug in and allow Him to work.

Starting every day in the Word and asking God to direct our steps and decisions has made the biggest difference in our attitudes about the cards being dealt to us.

I’d just like to encourage you, too; if you’re reading this and struggling with health issues, finances, relationships, work, etc… our company is truly here to help. If you plug in to us and allow us to work on your behalf, we’ll go to every length to help you and take some burden off your shoulders.

Your family is the most important thing in your life. Let Full Scope Services deal with your business matters; because I don’t know about you, but I’m too blessed to be stressed.

Plug in to our company! We’re on Facebook, Twitter @CBuchanan21, Pinterest (mrspinkbusiness), and the NEW website is coming very soon!! You may always call us, too—1-877-977-7949 or e-mail: info@fullscopeservices.com

*Thank you for your continued prayers for Tim!

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What Goes Around Comes Around

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

After the Hebrew children were freed from slavery, they wandered basically in circles for forty years before they reached the Promised Land—a distance of 250 miles that should have only taken less than a year.

One would think that after being freed, the people would rejoice—that the promise to come would be enough to sustain them; but on the contrary, they began to complain almost the instant they were free and continued grumbling the entire time.

Today, the same scenario exists. God continues to work in people’s lives, and with a prevailing ungrateful attitude people walk around asking, “What’s in it for me?”

“When we don’t get exactly what we want, we grumble. We blame. We feel a spirit of grievance. We are unhappy with our lot in life.”

The solution to this pitiful outlook begins by expressing a spirit of gratitude. This begins with thanks to God and extends to those around us. When we show appreciation for our family, friends, co-workers, clients, even strangers, “we improve their self-esteem, their sense of purpose, their confidence, their motivation to do good deeds and fully engage in life.”

The Hebrew people were motivated by fear and lacked faith; but the one leading them, Moses, was motivated by courage and had great faith.

“Now, brothers and sisters, we ask you to appreciate those who work hard among you, who lead you in the Lord and teach you.” I Thess. 5:12-13

I feel that many people have been wandering since the BP oil spill devastated their lives. I can’t pretend to know what they’re going through; but I have experienced my own setbacks, let downs, and devastations in life. It wasn’t until I began to have a stronger faith and made a decision to be thankful for the things and people I do have that I began to bless others through gratitude  and open myself up to receive God’s love and grace for myself.

True appreciation starts by reflecting on ourselves and figuring a way to make things right with those we’ve underappreciated in the past. Maybe we owe a debt that should’ve been paid. We could start to make that situation right by apologizing and making an effort to pay what we can in good faith to alleviate what’s rightfully owed. (I’ll use the “My Name is Earl” example here).

“You know the kind of guy who does nothing but bad things and then wonders why his life sucks? Well, that was me. Every time something good happened to me, something bad was always waiting ‘round the corner: karma. That’s when I realized that I had to change, so I made a list of everything bad I’ve ever done, and one by one, I’m gonna make up for all my mistakes. I’m just trying to be a better person. My name is Earl.”

What are you being motivated by—is it fear or faith?

We can help you, but YOU have to be courageous, take steps of faith, and do what’s right.

Call 1-877-977-7949 or visit fullscopeservices.com

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The Atmosphere of Expectancy

Given the excitement of tonight’s home opener at Turner Field, I must switch gears on our Full Scope fans and deviate away from Nina’s world for a moment to discuss the atmosphere of expectancy. It has been said that “the atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground of miracles.” There are few things more delightful than the air of prospect on an Atlanta Braves home opener night. The eagerness felt as one heads out from home- whether leaving the mountains of Blueridge, the sandy shores of Savannah, the fields of Vidalia, or the newly paved asphalt of Carrollton- gives way to the anticipation of baseball marvels as that Villa  Rica gold-capped building peaks over the horizon. A few more turns of the wheel and you’re there.

Every time you step out of your vehicle and head towards that field, the eagerness to get in those gates grows. You are brought back to childhood once more. The air is sweet with the smell of Skip and Pete’s BBQ. There’s a melody of chatter as hundreds flock together to be a part of America’s favorite past time. Upon finding your seats, you look around and just know: this is going to be a great night.

Is it in Chipper’s swing, or McCann’s magic glove? We know Freeman and Uggla will make some impressive double plays. What game clinching catch will Heyward make? Jurrjens is going to feel the love as he throws out every pitch. And the Atlanta bats will be swinging as the wave makes its way around the field and the crowd bellows with repeated “Oooh Oooh ohooo…” (The Chop).

Yes, Atlanta Braves fans are the best at creating an atmosphere of expectancy like no others. What baseball miracles will we witness tonight? Or this season…is there a 1995 season in store for us in 2012? Get excited, Braves fans…. Your boys are back in town!

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Daily Essentials: Are You Fully Dressed?

Nina’s essentials are fabulous, but we mustn’t forget the 8 essentials to put on every day:

1- A belt (of truth)

2-Blouse (of righteousness)

3-Shoes (of the preparation of peace)

4-Sunglasses and Umbrella (shield of faith)

5-Hat (of salvation)

6-Cell phone (the sword of the spirit)

7-A bag (for prayer and supplication)

8-A great scarf (of zeal)

What’s the need of these essentials to put them on daily?

“We are pressed, but not crushed; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

We can only live victoriously and prosperously by putting on the full ensemble daily. By associating one essential with the other, we’ll be reminded to put on the full display.

The belt of truth

We are to test all things and then hold on only to that which  is good—the truth—discarding all else. Remember Nina said a good pair of black high-heels allows the other pieces of your outfit to speak. Think of the belt as “tying” and securing all your pieces (thoughts and words) together to reflect the truth.

The blouse of righteousness

A great blouse not only covers your heart, but it helps you speak from the heart as well. Righteousness is doing what is right and upholding the basics of business (we discussed these in an earlier post).

The shoes of peace

When your footing is sure and unshakable, you’re prepared to go wherever directed. “Shoes allow us to step freely and without fear while we turn our  full attention to the battle at hand.” It was Faith Whittlesey who said, “Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high-heels.”

Sunglasses and Umbrella (shield of faith)

A shield guards, deflects, and is the first line of defense. Just as sunglasses shield your eyes from UV damage and an umbrella shields you from the rain and wind, faith shields you from the elements, too. Any time you feel fear, doubt, or worry (about your business or otherwise), it’s because you let your shield of faith down. And, remember, these 8 essentials are all working together…

The hat of salvation

Hats protect the head or hair; special hats denote rank or standing. Salvation means to be saved or delivered from something. Think about all the kinds of hats there are imaginable (helmets for soldiers or athletes, birthday hats, big floppy sun hats, Berets, ball caps, etc…) Wearing our hat reminds us who we are. We are protected and special.

Cell phone (of the spirit)

Certainly, if you’ve ever left your phone at home by accident and not turned around to get it, you know what I mean when I say you feel as though you are missing a part of yourself the entire day. While the rest of the full attire is undoubtedly vital,  it is the cell phone (sword) and only the sword that allows us to attack—to directly do the work that needs to be done daily. In this age, our phones are the connections to the world: E-mail, internet, social media, and you can even download The Bible app, too.

The bag for prayer and supplication

As we discussed about the bag already, a great bag has exactly what you need in it, when you need it.

The scarf of zeal

“Zeal is fuel. It is anything that drives people:  their passion, their purpose, what they live for.” Wearing your business “colors” gives you a sense of belonging and oneness that is zealous.

We will quickly find  ourselves unable to operate at our peak unless we are fueled by zeal. This means not only putting on the full attire of essentials daily, but encouraging and lifting up others around us to do so, also.

Aren’t you glad that Full Scope Services, LLC starts each day by putting on full attire? 

Imagine what could be accomplished if everyone ran their business as zealously as that…

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Invest in the Essentials

Nina’s basic #2 is to invest in the bones—the timeless and chic staples of your wardrobe that go with nearly everything. She says these pieces are dependable and possibly unremarkable, but notes that not every piece is supposed to be remarkable. Some are just supposed to be reliable.Nina outlines these ten staples:

1- The little black dress

2- A classic men’s white shirt

3- Cashmere cardigan or turtleneck

4- A trench coat

5- Denim

6- A man’s classic watch

7- Diamonds

8- Ballet flats

9- A classic high-heel pump

10- A great bag

You know where I’m going with this…

1-The little black dress is “the ultimate blank canvas.” It’s mysterious, chic, understated, provocative, simply stylish, sophisticated, elegant, flattering, etc… It allows you to layer and change your hair and accessories for different facets of your personality.

Nina explains how the little black dress “emerged as a product of necessity,” but it was Coco Chanel who made it so popular with its debut in 1926. For nearly 100 years, women have turned to the little black dress for comfortable versatility and practical elegance. Just like Chanel’s little black dress, or when Henry Ford designed the reasonably priced, reliable, and efficient Model T, some things are built to endure and fall back on. Full Scope Services, LLC is a groundbreaking service company with vision like that of Chanel and Ford.

Model T

Image courtesy of modelt.ca

The Little Black Dress Barbie Basics Collection

2-Unpretentious as it is, the classic white shirt is similar to the LBD in that it acts as a blank canvas. Nina points out that it can be paired with almost anything (jeans, dress pants, pencil skirt) and still makes you look and feel fabulous. (Try on your husband’s tie loosely around a white dress shirt with dress pants and high-heel pumps and tell me you don’t look impressing……you can’t do it!) The “power tie” isn’t just for him, you know? Did you also know Full Scope Services, LLC is a woman owned business?

3-The cashmere cardigan or turtleneck, like the classic white shirt, can be paired with most everything. Like Nina said, anyone who’s ever owned one can tell you as soon as you try it on; you instantly know what all the fuss is about. Did you know Coco Chanel was chilly on a polo field one day, when she borrowed a player’s jersey, belted it, and discovered the look was quite catchy? The look got its biggest props when Lana Turner sashayed down the street of a Southern town in the 1937 film They Won’t Forget. Her influential walk made her forever known as “the sweater girl”. (Hmm…sounds familiar…)

sashayed

Well, people may not remember Lana Turner’s name—perhaps they called her Constance—but they remember “the sweater girl”. 😉

4-What can you wear in almost any kind of weather to keep warm? A trench coat! The practical solution of Thomas Burberry to keep British army officers in WWI warm and dry in the trenches has been a “go-to” staple in women’s (and men’s) closets ever since. Practical solutions…isn’t that what Full Scope delivers for people every day?

5-Everyone has that special pair of jeans. Jeans have a way of connecting people…”Really,” you might scoff? Yes, I’m serious!

Denim can take the tensest looking person and make them appear down-to-earth and approachable. Coupling a nice pair of jeans with a silky blouse and suited jacket makes you so much more relaxed and unassuming than if the same pieces were worn with a pencil skirt or pants. It could even mean the difference in whether or not someone does business with you. (And, you know, I’m not too sure I’d want to do business with someone that was afraid to wear jeans to work…)

6-As Nina explains in her book, women’s watches change according to the trend, but a man’s watch is eternal. It’s another great item to borrow from the hubby from time to time. But actually, women were the first to wear wristwatches.

Men used their pocket watches until WWI, when it became more practical to check the time on their wrist than from their pocket while they were shooting a gun and being fired upon. Men’s wristwatches: birthed from destruction and chaos….another thing Full Scope has in common with fashion.

7-“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” The tune sung by Nicole Kidman, Marilyn Monroe, and countless women across the world rings true when you think that at one time women were legally not allowed to wear them. Diamonds were strictly for men, symbolizing power, status, and valor.

The mistress of King Charles VII of France became obsessed with diamonds and defied the law to make them acceptable to wear. Ironically, diamonds are used as a sign of purity and the premier stone of any engagement ring.

Faux stones are still beautiful to the naked eye. You can always spot a phony up close, though….something Full Scope has become very good at doing, as well. This discernment and professional training in our valuation services has made us a credible source for finding the “diamonds in the rough.”

8-In the name of practicality, ballet flats are a useful and comfortable choice when you know you’re going to be on the run. (And they add an instant sense of elegance and charm to your stride—just like a ballerina.) Nina says ballet flats are a staple in every woman’s closet because they help us navigate tricky terrain… If the GCCF isn’t complicated ground, I don’t know what is.

9-I love all the bright, neon-colored stilettos I’m seeing for spring and summer. Nina agrees; noting her red patent leather stilettos. Those are great for a special event or night out on the town, but you can’t depend on that kind of shoe like a classic black high-heel pump. Those others “get a lot more attention, but the black pump will let the other pieces of your outfit speak.” Some companies are like a pair of brightly colored shoes: they shout at clients for attention with nothing really to say other than, “I’m here!” Where’s the substance with that? It’s so coerced! Why not choose the classic black pump that lets its accessories and other pieces of the ensemble talk? Isn’t that the goal; to have all the pieces work together as one?

10-A great bag helps you carry almost everything (tote or shoulder bag) or almost nothing (clutch) with style and presence. Originally, men carried the bag and if a woman wanted something, she had to ask him for it. At the turn of the twentieth century, the handbag became a sign of independence as women began to carry their own belongings. (And men call us the control freaks—I wonder why that is now?)

Today the guys are back to carrying bags, too; as it’s necessary to carry laptops and I-pads around. Ugh, it truly is a man’s world , isn’t it? I mean, we thought we owned fashion, but it seems the basics started and end with a man in one way or another… I guess it is a man’s world, but it would be nothing without a woman…

How are you using what we’re blogging about in your lives?

Is Full Scope Services offering you some great solutions for your home or business?

Are you simply dressing better these days? Have you been inspired to help others? Are you becoming a better leader through character development?

Or, do you just enjoy learning more about Full Scope in each post you read?

We’d like to encourage your comments…

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