Today was a good day for me. Nothing exciting really happened besides that my photography class went really well. I think I am considering it a good day because I was fortunate enough to see a lot of people and talk to people who really mean a lot to me. Some of my best friends were here to take the class then some stayed and scrapbooked with me....it was just like it used to be in my dining room before I had my store. My mom was here helping put out retail, answer the phone, etc
I had a nice talk with my friend Melinda on the phone when everyone left. I would say old boss, but she hates when I call her that. She is the one I have to thank for teaching me everything I know about having a successful business. Well, her and her husband are both to be credited. I have seen her go through so much crap, so many wonderful times, meet some awesome people, then of course meet some real idiots. However, Melinda never lets anything get her down. Her and her husband always manage to keep everything together. They have always achieved every goal they have dreamed of. I admire both of them very much.
I have to say that when I first met Melinda I was very intimidated by her. She was so strong, and very to the point. She never held anything back either. I however, was not very strong and I never told anyone how I really felt because I hated confrontation. Being around Melinda for over 13 years, changed me A LOT! I know she has changed a lot too. Both of us managed to meet somewhere in the middle over time. I am now very strong, I do not allow people to take advantage of me anymore, and I go after what I want. Melinda, is a lot more easy going and now she thinks before she speaks.....at least most of the time....LOL!
If it wasn't for Melinda and Marty, I would not own my own business. I also would not be the person I am today. Tonight on the phone with her she actually mentioned that she was envious of me. I am looking back at the conversation thinking......envious of me? I always was envious of her! I guess full-filling your dreams isn't always exactly the way you pictured it once you have achieved it. She has mentioned many times in the past how she wishes it was just her and I at a small salon like it used to be. She did the hair, I did the nails. Now, I am referring to her spa-salon as Steel Magnolias. If you are not sure what I am referring too, you need to rent the movie. Mirror Images has gone from a small apartment to a farm house. I hope you understand the metephor. This is what she has always wanted. Maybe Melinda was not as lucky as I am to have such a mentor when she first started out. Now as my mentor she tells me all the time that I'd better learn from all the crap that she has had to deal with. At least we can laugh about it.
Personally I think that negative people have a lot to do with someone being unhappy in their lives. Once we filter out the bad, we have more room for the good. There are many people who I once looked to as a friend until I realized how miserable they made me. It wasn't until I got rid of them that my life actually picked up and got better. If you are living your dream and still are not happy, then something needs to change. It doesn't have to be drastic. I know Melinda will achieve the happiness she is lacking and fall in love with her dream again. Why? Because she always achieves everything she sets her mind to do. And, she is very lucky to have Marty who is by her side the entire way.
Today is a good day because I know that I helped her feel better by being the kind of friend that she has always been to me. And today, I was reminded of how lucky I am to have had her in my life. If it wasn't for that little salon that she started her dream in, her and I would not be where we are today. I know she wants a time machine to go back to a less stressful and simpler time. But, I also know that she would only be happy there for a little while.
Today I am thankful for my friends and for all of the advise, support, laughter and love that they have given me throughout the years. I am entirely grateful for all the experience I have had working with Melinda and becoming very close to her and her family. If you open your mind and your heart and let go of all things negative, you have the opportunity to learn and experience great things.