When you run a small business, it can be lonely, but life can be even lonelier when you travel every week interstate and overseas and only ever seem to see the insides of a hotel room or the office.
Such is my life, but I can't complain because it also brings me great joy. I cannot express how happy I am most days when I wake up in the morning and realize that within the hour, I will be sitting in front of my computer, typing away, answering emails and 'living the dream'.
When things happen, you have to get perspective and realise that people have their own issues and do things for reasons that may be out of your control or because they are insecure in some way. Instead of getting mad, just understanding why they feel the way they do and why they feel the need to do the things they do, helps lessen the 'pain' or the deception.
Friends have an amazing way of picking you up. I have had a big couple of weeks and on Wednesday, I had an operation, which has left me locked inside for the past 5 days. Those 5 days can be quite depressing. I now get why housewives turn to the cupboard and eat all day out of boredom, or grab a glass of wine before 5pm. Now, if I was inside normally on a weekend, I would not be bored. It's the psychological barrier that one has to overcome when they realize that they have to do something, rather than just want to do something.
I have eaten my way out of home and house, from Australian TimTams, through to packets of fresh pasta and more than three jars of anchovies. I have eaten packets of Red Rock chips and blocks of dark chocolate.
My friends have sat in front of the television and watched me eat to my hearts content. Encouraged me beyond belief and motivated me to follow my dreams. They have also reinforced that my dreams both business and personal are realistic and can be achieved. "If anyone is going to achieve them, I am (sic)".
It's refreshing and encouraging to have good friends. They say, as long as you can count your good friends on one hand, you are lucky. I have to say that I need more than a few hands. For that I am incredibly fortunate. Life is good, isn't it!
Mellissah Smith is a marketing expert with more than 20 years experience. Having founded and built two successful marketing companies internationally, she is well recognized as a industry thought leader and innovator. Mellissah started her career working with technology and professional services firms, primarily in marketing, public relations and investor relations, positioning a number of successful companies to list on the various Stock Exchanges around the world. She is a writer, technology developer and entrepreneur who shares her thoughts and experiences through blogs and written articles published in various media outlets. Brag sheet: #2 marketer to follow on Twitter (2003), Top 150 Marketers to Follow (2015), Top 10 innovative marketers (2014), 60K+ followers on Twitter with 97% authentic.
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It is certainly nice knowing that even during your deepest, darkest unhappiest moments that you have true friends to pick you up. I think that most peope take their friends for granted. They are a part of lives and whilst they become like family, we don't really take the time to appreciate them until they are gone and we suddenly stop to think about the valuable and wonderful friendship they have given to us over the past years. It is true that they do have an amazing mechanism to pick us up when we are down and can relate to us in a unique way that sometimes we can't even get from family. I think it is time to stop and take a moment when having coffee or lunch with close friends and let them know the value they bring to your life. Allow them to know that they are irreplaceable and your memmories with them will be ever-lasting.
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