An Unexpected Sabbatical

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.
~ Ernest Hemingway

In October of 2012 I had a very clear vision of where our Journey was leading. The plan was to relax and refresh for the remainder of the year and then start 2013 strong with a new location in south Florida and a year full of travel and exploration. In October I did not know what was waiting for us in December.

I remember watching Oprah give an interview years back and she was speaking about the way the universe delivers messages. She explained  that at first it will toss a brick your way….if the message isn’t received, the wall comes tumbling down on you. If you still ignore the message it has no choice but to drop the whole dang house upon you. I was unaware of how heavy my house was until December. The crushing weight came in the form of a cancer diagnosis for my beloved spiritual mother, Glenda. Needless to say, our plans were tossed aside and we spent 2013 by her side. No store opened down south…no travelling. Just soaking up as much of her as we could and surrounding her with love.  An Unexpected Sabbatical. A year of shared dreams, hopes, memories. Sitting for hours on the porch watching the river flow on. In awe of every sunrise and sunset.

Turned out the second story of our house started collapsing on us as well. As the year progressed my Mother in Law was getting further away from the chances of a liver transplant.  Both Of these Irish beauties were the young age of sixty. Both such joyful beings who everyone loved being near.  In September, both of these amazing women were put on Hospice. We lost my Mother in Law, Linda, in October. Glenda followed the first week of December. We were in the darkest winter of our lives.

They say for everything there is a season.

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to tear and a time to mend,

This is the season for our return. A time for us to mend our plans and continue forward with our dreams. Our feet are still a little shaky…but every day they get stronger. We walk forward with purpose and the promise of great things to come. Guided by our new Angels, we step into the future with excitement and hope.

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The Decision Made

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things,

because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

~ Walt Disney ~

the “Alchemist”

If you have ever Journeyed into our store,  chances are you recognize one or more of these faces. This is Us! When we say Crystal Connection is Locally Owned & Family Operated we are speaking of this Family right here.  This is an image of the path we are journeying. For years we tried to find a ” balance”  between Work and Play, The Store and Our Family, and Meetings and “Me” time. However, it always seemed like an impossible feat. One day I simply gave up…I let go.  I stop struggling to find balance and simply focused on the “now”.  And something happened! Life Happened. I released my anxiety and found that focus came once I realized the “Moments” that I felt needed to have their own time and place kinda fit together on their own. Life would dictate who needed what and at what time, and it was my job to be calm and collected so that I could do what was required, when it was required. My Life is messy! Turns out it doesn’t really like to be planned and scheduled.

Magazines and Expert Opinions are not as good at filling my store like our Costumers. Turns out they know what they want a little better than some trade show.  Computer programs are not very good at auto scheduling my employees because our computer doesn’t realize that availability does not directly translate into being a morning person. And my children prefer doing their homework at the store where they can socialize a little after school ( and where they are a safe distance from a room that needs cleaning).  So, after a long time of plotting and planning and trying to make Life neat and orderly, it turns out it enjoys being LOUD, chaotic and very messy ( much to the dismay of our beloved OCD employee).

Oddly, this does not directly translate into the look and feel of the Crystal Connection.  On a daily basis I have someone say they have ducked into the store for a little Peace and Calm. Many stop by seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle of their own lives and like to take a moment to breathe in the Serenity they find there. And in this we bear witness to the Magic. Alchemy right before our eyes. We are managing to take Our Chaos and turn it into a Piece of Nirvana for Others.  And that has been the goal all along. Now if only I could figure out how to make this same miraculous event transpire at home! :0)

Namaste!

“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.”

~ Marianne Williamson ~

Being a retail store ( among many other things)  many would say we should start with Our mission statement. However, like most of the world at the moment, we find ourselves in the midst of some very big change and so….I will simply start with this quote.