I recently took a few hours away from the business to attend a Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony, someone had nominated me for the Business Innovation Award. As honored as I was to be nominated I just felt like I had too many other things to do in order to get to my grand opening and really felt like there was no time to fit this event in. I knew it was important for me to go and support my local chamber so reluctantly I decided to go. The preparation to make myself presentable was a huge effort. I was a complete mess from busy days, construction and cooking. I had bruises all over my legs and I am pasty white from sun deprivation. Every inch of me felt completely disheveled, I needed an outfit, I needed to get my eye brows waxed and so many other things.
So, I started getting ready. I got my eye brows addressed and I quickly bought a dress. As I was getting ready though I realized I didn’t have any stockings and with bruises covering legs it would be embarrassing to go out in public without stockings.
I quickly swung by CVS on my way to the event and grabbed a pair of stockings, threw them on and slid into my shoes. That’s when I realized with the slippery stockings suddenly my shoes were too big! They fell off my feet with each step I took. It was too late to get new shoes or even run home to grab different ones. I had to make these work. I had to improvise.
Thankfully, I had a roll of paper towels in my car and I decided to try stuff some of those in my shoes to make them fit. Hallelujah! It worked! The paper towels perfectly filled the empty space and made walking possible again.
As I sat at the awards I was starving from having raced around all day without eating anything. The only thing they had to eat was meat and cheese so I snacked on some cheese, something that I fully gave up about two years ago because of the things it did to my body.
When my award category came up much to my surprise I had won! As ecstatic and surprised I was by the win as I walked up to accept it I only had one thought in my head.
“You, Leslie, have freaking paper towels stuffed into your shoes right now while accepting an award for innovation. Also, you ate cheese, please don’t get gassy right now.”
The next morning I picked up the award and noticed red welts all over my arm. I’m almost certain it was caused by the cheese I ate and my body was having a reaction to it, but it was ok. I abandoned my diet, walked around with paper towels and still came out victorious and feeling like what I’m doing is truly making a difference in the Myrtle Beach community.
I continued to think about the award. Me, receiving an award for innovation? Shouldn’t that go to a technology company or something? I never thought of myself as innovative, but I guess I did start this business where I saw the need, and I did think on my feet to fill my shoes with paper towels, so maybe I was innovative after all.
Sometimes being recognized for something makes the bad, weird or awkward parts of the adventure worth it. Take some time to acknowledge someone you know and are proud of today. The good karma will bounce back and you’ll be recognized for the great things you are doing in your life. Also, when your shoes don’t fit, paper towels make an excellent filler.