I was having a rough week. It wasn’t just the week, it was the three months of stress and emotion leading up to this week. I wasn’t sleeping well and my night time regimen had been consisting of 3 ibuprofen and a sleeping pill. Not a good thing. In my every day life I was plugging along. My book got finished, my podcast interviews were started and my website was being built, my blog was less consistent but going well. I was on unemployment and not successfully finding a job, which meant I was able to spend the summer home with the kids which I hadn’t done in 11 years. I was running, meeting friends, taking online webinars and classes. I hope other than D no one knew how much I was falling apart inside. D knew because he sees the worst of me and my stress leaked out in very unattractive bursts of crying, insecurity, raising my voice and wondering if he’d figure out I’m crazy and want to climb out the window in the middle of the night. So far, he’s still sleeping next to me.
In times of struggle, I wonder if I’m keeping the deal I have with myself to always, always tell people thank you. To point out the good in others. To share great people and great companies with those around me. To keep my head up and be positive about the things I can be positive about. Then, just two days before my biggest day of stress, I got an email asking me what my address was because I was going to be getting a package just for the heck of it to say thank you for being a supporter for no good reason except that I was genuine. Those are the emails that – in times of duress especially – make you think maybe, just maybe, you’re a decent human.
Betabrand is a company I love. They are based out of San Francisco, have amazing quality and even better customer service. Their return department (in the rare event you might actually return something) is bar none. They have a page on their website for crowd funding so “normal” creative fashion peeps can post a design to be voted on by folks like myself. It gives the regular people a chance to actually see a design come to life. Basically, they’re a pretty amazing, down to earth, fun company and I love their clothes. Being a minimalist that says a lot since I don’t own or purchase many clothes. It was pretty fantastic being called out for just being me and letting my friends know about them. So for those of you who have asked if I “get” something for pimping them, the answer is yes. A kind hearted thank you. Check them out.
Next I did a podcast with Meliana of Running on the Wall. She and her husband own and operate their business, which started as an innocent request from a wife to her husband to build her something for her race medals. Years later, their website is not only fantastic, but it’s grown. Fortunately, their love of what they do, the people they work with and their passion to connect has never diminished. We’ve “known” each other in cyberworld for over four years now and I can’t wait to release their podcast. Great people, great story and wonderful energy. When the interview was over and the record button had been stopped, we all chatted for a few minutes in gratitude for just knowing and connecting with each other. Here are some links for them as well:
They deliver an amazing quality product and go above and beyond to get you what you want. They’re located in Sedona, AZ – a place I lived years ago and half an hour from my sister. Two years ago I tried to visit them but when I was there, they were gone. At the end of our conversation, they told me they were sending me a care package. SWEET!!!! They definitely went above and beyond and I love every single thing. Sometimes, being a nice person for the sake of being a nice person and being thanked for being you makes the tough days bearable.