I couldn’t resist, opened one and started reading the Introduction.
I was suddenly back in time and reading about a morning run and the tears that were flowing because I was so desperately worried about my business and its future.
I still remember that morning so clearly. The feelings were so raw at that time; I was a puddle of emotions.
Fast forward a few years and so much has changed.
Some for the worst. I can’t run anymore thanks to osteoarthritis in my hip. Indeed, a litany of further health ailments meant I couldn’t even walk without pain for a while. Ironically, whenever I’m in heels, I’m fine though!
And some changes are definitely for the better.
It’s true when they say if you get through the tough stuff, you’re so much stronger for it. I learned so much during this intense time; lessons that I have applied every day and week and month since.
Now, as I am on the cusp of growing The Shoe Garden, I am confident and proud and positive.
I’m so grateful for those tough times. They taught me so much and empowered me, too.
I went for a walk yesterday. People ran past me and that was okay. I’m not jealous anymore as I’m walking almost without pain and I’m insanely grateful for that.
And there were no tears, either. Just appreciation for what I had … my health, people I love and a beautiful business with so many gorgeous customers who make my day every time they visit or order online.
After reading the introduction, I flicked through to the last page and the last line of my book. It read: “I can’t wait”.
Yep. I still can’t wait to see what happens next!
Until next time
Carol & CCx