Posted by: nichemarketplace | June 28, 2008

On a personal note …


Caption: HEARTFELT THANKS …

What a difference a week can make! Last Saturday afternoon, I was attending eBay Live in Chicago, trying to digest the information from three days of fabulous speakers, and toiling on a list of provocative titles for future Blog posts. That evening my husband Mike informed me that my younger sister suffered a pulmonary embolism and suddenly passed away. Less than 24 hours later I was writing her obituary. 

While I am understandably overwhelmed with shock and sadness, I want to thank everyone — but especially Janelle Elms and her OSI Rock Stars — for your words of comfort, strength, and inspiration. One of the things that I have come to appreciate most about OSI Rock Stars is that it is NOT just business as usual. In this nurturing and supportive environment, we are encouraged to be well-rounded, three dimensional human beings. We share our successes and our challenges — both professional and personal — and the neverending struggle to find a balance between the two. I really appreciate all of you more than words can say. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I would also like to express my gratitude to my eBay Live room mate — fellow OSI Rock Star and certified eBay education specialist Marlene Gavens, AKA The Savvy Seller. Marlene changed her plans on a dime and stayed with me after I received the unhappy news about my sister’s passing. Thank you for putting on your “therapist’s hat” and for being so supportive and empathetic. You helped me get through the initial shock and guilt that accompanies the grieving process. I am so thankful that we met and I know you are going to be wildly successful in your eBay education and training business and your online auction education Blog.

P.S. If you have a relationship “fence” in your life that needs some mending, please don’t delay … act today! I know how hard it can be to take that first step, but “too hard” can turn into “too late” faster than you can possibly imagine.

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