Sometimes you just got to lose the baggage!

This past week has been a whirlwind. It started off  in beautiful Calgary where I had the opportunity to present at the BNI National Conference, meet incredible business owners all across North America and make some amazing connections. I then rushed off a few days later to Sault Ste Marie, Ontario with a connection in Toronto. While checking in for my flight in Toronto, I was bumped and put on standby (for a flight I booked several months in advance), and literally made the flight at the very last second.  Oh and don’t forget that I have two small kids at home who miss me terribly and of course the mommy guilt that comes flooding in.  I arrived in Sault Ste Marie in the wee hours of the morning only to find out that my luggage was still in Toronto. (The weight and balance of the plane was too heavy so I was the lucky recipient to have my luggage removed).  It wouldn’t have been so bad except for the fact that I was invited to speak on stage early the next morning for a SendOutCards event.  I had NO extra clothes, NO toiletries, and ladies… I didn’t even have makeup or a hairbrush!  My first thought was “OMG, I have to go onstage, in my jeans, dull sweater and running shoes, NO WAY!  My second thought was  “Ah, I’ll just have to miss the presentation…they will totally understand.  I’m exhausted, coming down with a cold and I could use the extra sleep”.  I played this scenario in my head all night until I came to my final decision.  “I’m GOING to the presentation, WITH my dull clothes, NO makeup, and RUNNING SHOES on!!” And guess what, IT ALL WORKED OUT! The event was fabulous, everyone was so warm and friendly and we all got a chuckle out of the entire experience. I also came to the realization that we ALL just have to loose our baggage sometimes!  What I mean by that is that every day we all walk around with our negative thoughts or “baggage” or limiting beliefs of why we can’t, shouldn’t or won’t do something.  But the truth is, it’s just a thought.  It actually doesn’t mean anything at all – unless you give power to it.  We all have the choice to give power to each thought that enters our head, or not.  So at the end of the day we have to think – what thought serves you better?  I have decided that I want to give power to the thoughts that serve me best.  Those other thoughts will still come and go but I will acknowledge and discipline them by allowing the negatives ones to pass by and the positive ones remain.  

My first and very brief trip to Sault Ste Marie was amazing. The presentation was fabulous, I have built relationships that will last a lifetime, I have a brand new fabulous outfit with some kickass shoes AND I now have a new idea for the chapter in my book – that I decided to write while in the Sault!

Melissa xo

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