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“He who doesn’t know the value of memories, has never lost a mother. “
2013 has been quite a diverse year for me. It was a year of joyful beginnings and painful endings. A year of hopeful reunions and heartbreaking farewells. A year never to be forgotten.
In February, the seeds of a long time dream were finally planted and Cornerstone Strategies was born. Blessed with the opportunity to represent Albion Scaccia Enterprises, the farewell to my last employer turned into a new adventure with them as a client.
March was the first reunion with family and friends after a 12 year separation. The long journey to Iran was well worth it. It was the first spring filled with the fragrance of home and unconditional love. Alas, the source of that never-ending love that kept our big family held together, the forever spring of kindness and grace, the pillar of strength, my mother, was recovering from a horrifying surgery. Despite her pain and suffering, she was still present, as always; fully present to manage and keep peace, to make sure everyone is taken care of.
Another opportunity emerged from the blurry land of dreams in April when I was called in by New Ventures West to become adjunct faculty and serve as pod mentor for the year long Professional Coaching Course training in Washington. Meanwhile Cornerstone Strategies was offered a second opportunity: representing Renaissance Services. A managed growth is an achievable goal. And that’s what we did!
Growing up in Iran before the revolution, due to my parents’ vision, I had the privilege of attending the best international school in Tehran, which truly changed the course of my life. Therefore, I have always had a goal of doing for my child what my parents did for me (if not more). In May, my son got accepted into theTAG program and into the best Science and Math Magnet school in Fulton County. Summer holidays started with the annual visit to Jekyll Island and the wonderful reunion with GAPPA ( Georgia Association for Physical Plants Administration) and GSHE( Georgia Society of Hospital Engineers).
June flew by in worry. And in preparation for facing the fear that I had long lived with. Losing my mother was my continual nightmare. Preparations for another long journey across the globe were carried out in a calm sorrow.
And there it was, July 2013. The month that left its scar on my heart forever. July evaporated in the air I had breathed all my life. Three interstate trips away from home, one to be amongst great associates at CEFPI( Council For Educational Facility Planners) followed by a 60 hour journey- to hold hands and feel the warmth of the most amazing mother- robbed from me in July of 2013. The rest is history. A broken heart that will never truly heal.
But maybe the beauty of life is that it “goes on”. There are always moments that take your breath away, moments of joy, times of feeling exasperated with confidant and competent that give you the chance to be hopeful and look into future like the wide eyed wonderer. And I believe we share those moments with the spirit of the loved ones that have left us. I have no doubt that my mom felt proud to know that Cornerstone Strategies was offered another opportunity by another past employer. After being away from United Consulting for 3 years, in August, my employer of 9 years, offered me the opportunity to represent them in all three markets they share with Albion Scaccia.
And here we are. September! Eight months into its conception, Cornerstone Strategies is proud to represent three of the strongest and fast growing companies in the construction and facility management industry in Georgia: Albion Scaccia Enterprises, Renaissance Services and United Consulting.
Healing from the deep grief of losing a dear one is a long process that would not have been possible without the support and warm care of those around me. As I go through this process, my focus is to keep my parents proud of “ Afsaneh, becoming” and “Cornerstone Strategies, succeeding”.