Just last week I had the honor of attending the Legislative Day Conference with the California MBA group in Sacramento, California. This was my very first time attending this conference and it was such an interesting and eye opening experience. Going there, I knew that we would be hearing from the individuals who are responsible of our compliance and guidelines, but little did I know that I would also have the privilege to personally meet and speak with them.
After we had learned about the new bills being passed, we were grouped into groups of 4-6 individuals and each group was able to walk over to the Capital and meet with the different Senators present and introduce ourselves, our business and explain what we did and where our business was located. We also had the opportunity to express how each bill being passed would impact our business as well as the industry as a whole.
As we approach this Thanksgiving Holiday, I can’t help but recall how far I have come. There was a time in my life where any fly on the wall would think there wasn’t much I had to be thankful for. However, since I was a little girl, I have been blessed with the gift of insightfulness and gratitude. While it seemed I did not have much to others, I was giving thanks for my family, our health, that we were all together and that there was so much love surrounding each of us.
Over the years I have faced many hardships, I have conquered many battles and lost several more. I know too well the feeling of thinking I am the only one experiencing let downs from life, but I have learned that if we take a moment to look around us and focus instead on our fellow citizens, we can easily see that every individual has their own struggles. For some the struggle is personal, health related, or a rocky relationship with a loved one. One thing we can always rely on is change.