Aug 28
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Sorry I have been so long!

 

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Oh my goodness where oh where do I begin? First of all I want to apologize for the first part of the summer and my totally slackness in blogging.  I am going to do better I PROMISE.  Just to get you up to date on some major events in my life since we last spoke, I’m going to fill you in for those of you that don’t know.  This has been the best summer and the worst summer of my life.  Sounds like I’m being melodramatic, I know, but that is seriously the truth.  It all started when I got a call saying that I had the chance to go to Los Angeles for a fantastic business opportunity.   I arrived on July 8th and my event was not until July 11th.  On the morning of July 10th while staring out the window of my hotel room in Beverly Hills, amazed at where I was and what I was about to do,  I received a call from my mom back home in Charleston.  My father had very suddenly and VERY UNEXPECTEDLY passed away from an abdominal aortal aneurysm.  It was truly the most horrific day of my life.  I am fortunate enough to have lived 37 years without knowing this kind of loss or pain. (My family is extremely close… we all still even get together once a week for dinner.)  The folks in LA moved mountains to get me on the next flight back to Charleston where I went through (and am still going through) the process of grieving and loss.  My mother told me one of the last words my father said was “please don’t call Leslie”.  He knew where I was and didn’t want to be the reason for me missing the opportunity of a lifetime. 

Apparently during my first few days of the trip out in July I made an impression on the folks out there because I got a call back a while later from them saying they WANTED ME TO COME BACK!!!  I was so overjoyed that they would actually give me a second chance.  The entire process was surreal.  I had some anxiety when packing the night of August 6th because I had not touched any of my things since they were frantically thrown into my suitcase on July 10th while in a state of raw grief. When I got off the plane in LA on August 7th it felt like “Groundhog Day”.  My bags came down on the same carousel, the van was the same, the place where the driver picked me up was the same; the hotel was the same… I felt like I was in a reoccurring nightmare and I knew how it ended, but there was nothing I could do to stop it. THANKFULLY everyone involved with my travel arrangements was SO thoughtful and considerate that they made sure my room was on the other side of the hotel, the room set up was opposite etc… They were very aware of how hard it must be for me and were AWESOME! Once I got to my room and saw that the “nightmare” was different, I was fine.  Instead of being sad that my dad would never see what I was doing, I KNEW he was with me the whole time.

I can honestly say that both trips to LA were two of the most insane, surreal, unbelievable, out of body, crazy experiences of my life, just on totally opposite ends of the spectrum. Ironically enough, my long flight back Monday August 10th was EXACTLY 1 month to the day that I was on that same long flight back July 10th. WOW what a difference a month makes!  Okay… so that sums up how the summer has been for me.  Now things are settling back down, my oldest started 1st grade and the little one is home with me until her preschool starts next month.  It’s been one heck of a summer and honestly…. I’m glad it’s over.  I’ll write more often and be better with the blogging I SWEAR!  Thanks for hanging in there with me, and I’m glad to be back!

 

Leslie Haywood, Founder and President of Charmed Life Products, Inventor of Grill Charms™  www.grillcharms.com


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