Today I'm just thankful. I'm thankful for my beautiful daughter, my wonderful husband, my family and friends. I'm so grateful to have a home and to be able to have a refrigerator full of food that we can eat whenever we want. I'm thankful to have shoes on my feet, warm cloths when it's cold out and everything we need to be able to stay warm when it's bitter cold. I'm grateful for the prayers that received a "yes" answer and maybe even more so for those that received a "no" answer. Life is good!
It's funny because when I signed on the dotted line to buy into our business a little over a year ago I remember thinking "wow, for the first time ever in my life I know exactly what I'll be doing for at least the next 10 years" famous last words...
It has been a really strange past month or so. I've tried really hard to be patient and see where life takes me and I've also changed my job/career plan probably 20 times or more. One day I'm patient and zen about the whole thing and the next day I feel like I have to rush to figure things out. I think it needs to be a combo of the two so doing many part time gigs and seeing what works out. I figure if I cast enough nets I'm bound to catch at least one fish right?
So, as I touched on earlier and as most people know we opened our own business a year ago. We of course thought that we were investing in a winner and that there was no way we could lose! Well, even so we always had a back up plan aka an exit strategy.
Please everyone, never, never, never, enter into business without an exit strategy!
We knew that we had a breaking point, but we were willing to give it everything we had up to that point. We really did give it our all! But, we hit our breaking point so we then had re-evaluate where we were in the business, if we should keep going, double down or call it quits. This is where Kenny Rogers enters the picture. Sometime in early July I started to get the Kenny Rogers "The Gambler" song stuck in my head. I was constantly singing to myself and the baby:
"You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin'
When the dealin's done"
It's just hard to know when you have hit that point. But through prayer, meditation and just some straight out realistic thinking and talking we decided that it was best to fold our hand, cut our loses and move onto the next great adventure!
Why get our sooner than later?
Because each and every month, week, day that you continue working on a failing business you are losing income potential! For example, instead of devoting my time to the business I could focus on translating or data entry or other contract work that would put dollar bills into my pocket!
I'll write more on the process of getting out of business later, it's an adventure that I'm in the middle of right now and it's complicated!
Most people know that last year I took a huge risk and opened my own business. I love the business, it was so much fun, challenging and most importantly it was something different each day. Unfortunately we are not going to be able to continue in the business for many reasons... Because we made such a large investment we are not going to be able to just walk away (as nice as that would be). It's all a bit complicated but and I'll start writing more on the topic as I learn more (we are just getting started here) but because I am in a sticky legal situation it has led me to an awesome service that I had never even heard of 2 years ago called Legal Shield! You sign up with them and for $20 a month you get unlimited access to legal advice, a will, legal name change and much more. I can assure that it's unlimited, I've been calling 2 times a week for the past 3 weeks and they just answer my questions and help me out. I'm so happy with it I signed up to be a rep since I was walking around telling people about it anyway. It just feels good to know that I'm going into all of this without back up! More to come on this crazy adventure that I'm about go through...
So, I obviously haven't blogged in a really long time... I've seen many friends create new blogs for new stages of their lives and have been contemplating doing the same. Does this old blog that I've had since before I joined the Peace Corps still fit me? I'm torn, but I think whatever I blog today must have been built on the many things that have happened in the past right? Well, it seems like a lot of work to start a whole new blog and I love this blog and my old posts so I guess I'll just stick with it. So here's the update since my last post about painting our house: We now have an adorable little baby girl who makes me sooooo very happy. There is no way to express how much I love my little one, being a mother is amazing! We also adopted a dog who rounds things out quite nicely with Tigre the cat. Deivin now has his long term permanent resident card and will be on the path to citizenship very soon. Last year we purchased a franchise and I quit my job to try to make it work last year (more to come on this topic). That's the latest, more to come...
After painting 1,000 sq ft of the interior of our house it was then time to sand and refinish the floors. I had no idea when we were beginning this task just what it would entail. On the DIY shows they make it sound like: All you have to do is sand it, fill in the cracks and then finish the area. That's it!
That my friends is a total lie! What they should say or show is this: You will begin your project with a trip to home depot where they will rent you a broken/the incorrect machine. You will waste over an hour of your time trying to make this sander work before you realize that it's just not the right one and it just doesn't work! You will then clean off the bad sander, pack it into your car and go back to Home Depot where you will have to return the crap sander and then rent the correct one while you waste yet another hour of your time! Once you have the correct sander the real fun can begin. You will then be stuck in a house sanding and sanding and sanding your floors! If you're lucky like us you will have about 1,000 sq ft of flooring to sand! You will be covered and I mean covered with saw dust. My husband turned completely white from all of the dust! After sanding for 13 hours and pissing off all of your neighbors you will then begin the process of filling in all of the cracks. I won't even comment on this process because it's too terrible! Just know that my hands are still swollen and sore! After doing that for yet another 13 hours you will then get to SAND again and then again! It will take you another 13 hours! It's terrible, and, it's just the beginning! You will now need to start the clean up and let me tell you, that (like everything else) is not at all easy! We haven't even gotten to the finishing part! I keep telling my husband that this is not fun, he just laughs. Anyway, I'm sure we'll finish someday after lots of blisters and sore backs. That is my home improvement vent session, I'm sure there will be more to come. Don't believe the HGTV/DIY shows, they make it all look so easy but that is so not the case!
In just 2 short weeks sooooo much has happened! On Feb. 14th Deivin and I had our interview for the green card. I expected all kinds of questions about our relationship and how we met and such. The interviewer just asked Deivin to confirm all of the information on the form that we had already filled out. They were questions like: What is your birthday? What is your name? Do you participate in espionage? I just sat there and listened until the end. It was pretty fast and painless. We found out on the 19th that we had been approved for the green card and it arrived today!!!! I cannot believe how great everything has been going. God has been 100% faithful to us throughout this entire process!
Last week Deivin started applying for jobs and it's looking like he will be offered a job from Home Depot sometime next week! It's the perfect job for him and I'm so excited for him, I know he has been dying to work for a really long time!