Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Present...

It has been a little over a year and a half since I left my position as the Spa Director at the Granite Club in Toronto.  Since then my whole world has changed ....and WOW what a ride! 

Although it has been a bit of a roller coaster of  emotions and events, I have spent  a lot of my time as we build Baden Salon Spa Inc. to reflect on where we are, where we've been, and where we are headed.

I had recently read a fantastic book called the "Present" by Spencer Johnson, one of my very favorite Author's.  
The crux of the book is how to live in the present while learning from the past and planning for the future to achieve happiness in work and personal life.

Now focusing on present doesn’t mean that you should forget the past. Everybody does some mistakes in the past but you shouldn’t keep worrying about it. You might keep thinking about those past mistakes in the present and may spoil the present. It is hard to let go of the past if you have not learned from the past.

Over this past week I have spent a lot of time, reflecting and worrying about those possible mistakes that are definitely spoiling the present moments that Baden and myself may be missing.  
So the question was put forth: 
"What have you learned in the past, so that you can let go and move on to the present and plan for the future?"

Interesting enough, there has been a number of people, places and things, that I have truly learned from in my past.  Melanie was and still is one of those special people.  

Meet my dear friend and former colleague Melanie. 
Melanie and I spent countless efforts and time planning the future of the Salon and Spa at the Granite Club and in turn became truly dear friends and shopping buddies!  
Melanie's talents are that of a "Fashionista" previously outfitting Granite Gear, Salon at the Granite and the members of the Granite Club.  
Melanie has taught me a lot about the world of merchandising, and is truly why Baden Salon Spa has some big plans in the future! 
Not only does Melanie have amazing merchandising talents, she has taught me quite a bit about  
learning from the past, and how to respond to what is important about the present, past and future, and that it  all has meaning.

Mel had a visit with me a few weeks ago and brought us this beautiful flower for Baden and to congratulate us on all our "Present" accomplishments and to truly recognize where we/I are today.  
Orchids are regarded as a symbol of rare and delicate beauty. Well this is how we feel about Mel.  

Thank you Mel for reminding us that we learn and grow, just like this Orchid.  To stay present and focused on our dreams, and that a friendship like yours is a rare and delicate beauty! 

"To achieve happiness in work and personal life, 
live in the present,learn from the past and plan for the future."
 ~Spencer Johnson~

We look forward to your next visit Mel!