There have been many ups, which I am grateful for, and a number of downs – which I am equally thankful for. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned through this and other life experiences is that the mistakes are what create our successes. If things run smoothly all the time, we aren’t challenged and sometimes when things go wrong, it fans the fire in us to do better. That often means conquering fears and worries and heading down unexpected paths, sometimes without a map.
I truly believe being okay with all of that is the real secret to moving forward on this journey, at least for me. A good measure of that mindset comes from my parents, who over the years were met with a number of difficult challenges but continued to hold compassion, honesty and integrity in the highest regard. They told me once that I could be everything I wanted to be, as long as I worked hard and did my best at the ‘everythings’ I chose to do. At a fairly young age I started to understand that there is a difference between ‘everything’ and the ‘anything’ some of my friends’ parents referred to. It wasn’t about always choosing correctly the first time, whether that was interests, studies, careers or dreams. It was about not worrying (or panicking) if the choices I made evolved or altered my course; if I took the left instead of the right turn; if I took a path I wasn’t necessarily fully prepared for. Because as long as I worked hard and did my best, there would be no regret …only lessons that would help with every new choice I would make in the future.
So with the arrival of 2015 and new adventures on the horizon, I want to take a moment to thank my parents for their example, our team who work both hard and smart, and to thank you. Your faith in our little company, your patronage and your friendship is what spurs us forward and we hope that in doing our best, we are also the best we can be for you.
To all of our customers, we wish you a very Happy New Year filled with success in the ‘everythings’ you choose.
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