Strange to say, but at this time in my life I have finally figured some thing out. Yes, after raising a family, working a great career with the wonderful blessing of 10 grandkids at this point, I have come to an understanding of what is important and what isn’t.
I have always had the stressful position of putting my family first, whether it was in childhood or adulthood. While I still believe that is my priority and it will never change, the one thing I failed to do was to take care of myself.
I didn’t come to this opinion on my own. My wonderful children came to the conclusion that they wanted me around a while longer so that I can continue to worry about them.
After I was laid off from my career in a most distasteful way, I fell into a deep depression and let myself go. Not able to find comparable employment at my age, my first step to recovery was to start my own business, Hence, ElsBeth Lair! This is my lifetime dream, to have my own business. Now if I could just make some money at it. Mentally that decision did wonders to my psyche and I look forward to waking up each day to get to work.
Physically I was a mess. Older than dirt, sick, out of shape and way overweight.
My daughters had joined a workout group called Orange Theory and they really seemed to love it. They kept pushing the issue that I needed to join them. I laughed at them and told them I didn’t have the time…. That didn’t work.
I told my daughter I was too old and fat to do something like that…. That didn’t work either.
I told my daughter I didn’t have any workout shoes. Two days later a pair of Nike Zooms showed up on my doorstep.
So in all reluctance I tried it out…. I didn’t die.
My wife went out and bought me a bunch of workout shirts and shorts and socks…. Now I was committed.
It has been 4 weeks now, 4 days a week and I’m starting to feel better. My old age aches and pains have been replaced with sore, strained muscle aches and pains. (a much preferred pain by the way). I mean that seriously. I had such bad back aches that I couldn’t roll over in bed. My lower back hurt so bad all the time that I cried myself to sleep more than once.
All of my back pains are completely gone now. They were non existent after only two weeks of working out.
I’m starting to lose weight and feel better about myself. My heart is getting stronger and I’m starting to feel younger.
So, why am I telling you this? We are now entering into the show time of year. I am working non stop to build my inventory and get ready for this summer. I have the need in my business for this year to be the year of breaking even and starting to make a profit.
But also along with that goal, I have the goal of being down 50lbs. by summer and to be healthier than I’ve been in years. That will not only feel great, but it will give me the energy to make this business work.
A year ago as I struggled putting all of this together, my outlook on life was that I was finally starting to reach the end. Stay afloat until I can retire and call it quits.
Now a year older, a year wiser and with the support of a loving family, I now can see that this is only the beginning of the beginning with many years ahead of me.
I truly expect ElsBeth Lair to become a premier Halloween Company with continual great ideas, great stories and great product.
I love Halloween. It gives me every opportunity to create what I enjoy and share it with the world, and bring happiness, peace and laughter into so many lives.
I am asking any and all of my followers to please “Like” and “Share” my stuff with their friends. I am posting regularly on Instagram and Facebook. Trying to figure out Twitter and Pinterest.
The foundation is growing, Etsy just put out a world wide promo for my “Supernatural, First Blade”. I am getting a lot of response from it. Things are looking up, but I need the continual help of my followers to make this work.
Thank you for all of your love and support. This is the year! Let’s make it a great one.