Everyone has their share of life lessons. Sorrow, loss, uncertainty, triumphs, sickness. We all have our share. It is how we handle them and learn from them that defines us and helps us become who we are. It is my hope that by sharing the journey I can help and encourage others.
Recently I was given the opportunity to grow my business by moving into a much larger, more visible space within our shopping center. Negotiations went on for over two months. Yes, I was moving. No I'm staying where I am. I fought with some ugly feelings of pride, envy and jealousy. I struggled with patience. Finally I just surrendered, remembering that ultimately it's God's timing, not mine. I knew that everything would be fine, whatever the outcome.
During this whole process I had even briefly considered retirement. After all, I've been doing this for most of my life and some people seem ready to put me out to pasture. Then, last weekend I received two amazing emails. (I'd like to believe they weren't by accident). One was from a blog reader who shared my story and journey with Jeff and ALS with a friend whose son had been recently diagnosed with ALS. She said my story gave her friend courage and strength. The second was from a first time customer who found us by accident when she came to the shopping center for cupcakes and discovered something even more delicious at Strawberry Patches. It's through these encounters that I am reminded that I'm not done yet. I love this business of helping and encouraging one another. Of providing a happy place for women to come together to grow and learn and comfort one another when the journey gets rough. Right now I can't imagine my life without this important part of me called Strawberry Patches.
So, anyway, today I signed a lease on a wonderful big new space. I'm beyond thrilled and quite frankly a bit exhausted! After all, it's been a long and emotional journey . But I'm in a good place. Confident and secure that The Great Flood of 2010 was just the beginning of a plan that was yet to unfold. It was the nudge that I needed to move me to this exciting new chapter of my life.
I'm committed to be better and to do better. After all, life's journey is about becoming everything you were meant to be. I know without a doubt that I'm meant to be here for you just as you all are always here for me.
I can't wait to show you our fabulous new space and the exciting things we have planned!
And you know what? I believe through every hardship there's always a rainbow.
Sometimes you just have to be patient and wait for it.
Encourage one another,