Last weekend, there was a solar eclipse in Virgo. I’m not sure if that had anything to do with it, but I had a meltdown the likes of which I’ve not seen in sometime. If ever. It mostly boiled down to being thoroughly exhausted and just burned out mentally, emotionally, physically. A turning point you could say. A big change is afoot. I actually don’t know at this moment in time what this means. I’m trying to spend some time right now just being open to answers. But it got me thinking. About something that people don’t talk about much. Particularly with businesses. There’s a thing where you only talk about the triumphs. And you gloss over the struggles. But maybe that’s not always the best approach. Maybe there’s something beautiful about the struggle. Maybe it’s something that everyone can relate to. Maybe being honest about that is actually sharing the depth of the love that goes into doing what we do. Maybe that’s the best thing about us. Maybe that’s why we’re still here. Maybe the reason why we’ve been able to compete with companies that literally have millions more dollars is because that love goes into the cheese. And it resonates with people. And maybe I should be grateful for that. The thing that sets us apart.
I feel like there’s this myth in the world. That business owners are rich. That if your business is successful, you must be loaded. That success in business directly translates to money in the bank. That is definitely the case some of the time. But the reality is most of the time, it isn’t. Most of the time, it’s a brutal grind. It’s a test of endurance and stamina. Mentally, Physically. Spiritually. And admittedly, I’ve wondered a lot to myself lately if given my health background, I’m the one who should bring this forward. If I have it in me. Actually, both my business partner and I have lost about 20 lbs. in the last year. Due to stress. We’ve both been fending off comments from people. Lots of comments. Concerned about our well being. Really though, I don’t think this is that uncommon. I feel like it’s a rite of passage. I feel like a lot of business owners that I know are rail thin. I feel like when that kind of stress moves through your body, it changes you on a molecular level. It becomes part of you. It’s something you adapt to. This was very challenging for me in the beginning. To not become attached to it. To let it flow through me and leave it’s blessing behind. This was maybe the hardest lesson I’ve had to learn.
My business partners Julie, Heidi, and I have been through a lot together. I’m not gonna lie. It’s been really really hard. Each of us has wanted to give up so many times for so many reasons. But we’ve stuck together. We’ve worked it out. We’ve put the love first. And I guess I just want to take a minute to say how much I appreciate them. For all the sacrifices they have made to go on this journey with me. I just don’t think very many people would have the mettle for this. And we do it because we believe. We believe in what we’re doing. We believe in each other. And we believe we are making a difference. We are warriors. I love you guys. So SOO much. I just wanted to say that. And whatever our future is, I am so SO proud of what we have done together. Of what we have learned. Of what we’ve accomplished. And of how we have stuck together. I hope this is the beginning of a kinder gentler era for all of us. And I thank you from the very depths of my being.