Sunday, September 2

Growing through experience ...

Experience leads to growth -  At least that has been my reality.  Some amazing, soul-touching experiences have lead to deep personal growth that I could not have anticipated or planned for... while other more difficult, soul-testing experiences have lead to a respective growth that, in spite of the sometimes agonizing and uncomfortable path, I now truly appreciate and view in a positive light.  Well, this Summer has been filled with a variety of experiences that have certainly elicited personal growth around here.

For example, our experience participating in the 4th annual Kingston Women's Expo was a busy, motivating and fulfilling one.  Pulling everything together in time for the big day was a challenge. The design and printing of banners, business cards and promotional materials - booth creation and preparation - product production - packaging and labelling - transportation and set up... Everything came together and we met so many wonderful, vibrant people. Sales were impressive but more importantly, throughout the day we were wowed by the number of people who took the time to come out and tell us just how much they enjoy Purple Essentials products!  It was so touching, and something that I will always remember...  and at the end of the day it was a great experience.

10 x 10 Booth

Another experience that has lead (still leading to...) personal growth for our family members ... sending our eldest son off to university in the exciting, big city of Toronto.  Truly a bittersweet and surreal feeling of "proud & sad".  Long story short; the build up, the anticipation, the planning, the preparations, the packing, the discussions "now remember....", all culminated together on this past Sunday as we embarked on our sunny journey to TO, our vehicle packed to capacity.  We arrived to a bumper-to-bumper lineup that began 2 streets before reaching the "unloading zone" for new students moving into residence.

100's of people unloading their belongings from vehicles onto the sidewalk, to wait for carts to load up and then into a line that snaked through the courtyard for 2 and a half hours (while a DJ pumped out tune after tune to help make the time "enjoyable").  Anxious students and parents waited patiently to reach the front of the elevator line, toting boxes and boxes of clothes, electronics and keepsakes from home ... packed into a single elevator compartment, headed skyward to to claim a room ...  unpacked, with a long goodbye.

I had put some long, careful thought and planning into my son's departure for University, intending to make it as emotionally manageable as possible. But, I can now say that I became an unwitting victim of the disconnect between my brain and my heart.  My brain thought of every reason he should go and experience post secondary education away from the comfort of home; a great pride in his achievement - while my heart maintained that it couldn't possibly be time for him to be off on his own.  Well, this experience has pushed my "mothering comfort zone" way out of whack.  I was not prepared for the sense of loss and concern I have been feeling since we dropped him off to start this chapter in his life. This change is much more difficult than I anticipated (yes, I realize he is not that far away...). While assured by other wise parents, who have endured the transition, that I will feel better quickly, I am nonetheless cognizant of the emotional "tug of war" of growing through experience ... most importantly for my Son, but also for my family, and myself.  

Embrace your experiences!

Wishing you all a pleasure-filled wrap up to such a splendid Summer.  I hope you have made many special memories to tuck away in your Summer of 2012 file. 

Countdown is now officially on!!  

10 days until the launch of our NEW website.  I for one could not be more excited :)   Still a few pages to finish writing, the entire site will need a final edit and all links will need to be tested... but we are confident that we will have it ready to launch on September 12th.

Live Purple!

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