Rainy, rainy Sunday mornings. They almost make you want to sleep in and hide for the day or get some work done that is much needed. For me, I decided I needed to clean up emails. So, I poured my coffee and dug into my first email account. I clicked to go to the first pages of emails and then it stopped me in my tracks.
September 2014, I had not gone back there in a long time.
But as I started to scroll, I started to think to myself ~how could I ever forget the pain, confusion, anger, frustration and sadness from this time period in my life?
People tell you when you have a death, that time heals all wounds. The truth is time does help put distance between the pain, but if you go back there to that period of time, you instantly want to burst into tears.
So, I started to review emails and then the sick feeling started to happen. I got up walked away and after a little bit of time came back, I needed to finish this task. Memory lane can be difficult but as I wound my way from 2014 to now, I could see all the people who helped me formulate my dream of LOLA.
LOLA didn’t just happen, it was a journey filled with hiring so many consultants to help me with messaging, logos, branding, marketing, legal contracts, trademarks, website design, photos, videos, training and the list goes on. All these emails reminded me WHY I created LOLA ~ to be there for you, my friends and family and those people I have not even met that need my help. Because in those darkest of moments you need someone who can help you put one foot in front of the other. And I am not only talking about the death of a loved one, but the loss of a marriage, the loss of a job or an entrusted friend. We have all had those experiences and sometimes you need someone to guide you through the process, do the hard work of moving, budgets, and processing important items before you can begin a relationship with a good counselor.
LOLA prepares you and asks hard questions, and most importantly LOLA cares. LOLA grieves with you and celebrates the milestones with you.
Recently, I have had a number of people from Texas and outside of Texas ask how to train to become a LOLA Advocate. And to some degree it is difficult to break everything down to a process because each and every person’s loss or getting prepared is different. I am excited about this next phase as we build out a training program. It keeps me moving forward.
So WHY LOLA? You don’t even realize you need it, until life happens to you. But don’t worry I will be here for you when you need me.