Monday, September 29, 2014

I'm not sure where I'm going but I'm definitely going somewhere!

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? 

Here's to trying to figure out this life thing!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Kenny Rogers Running Through my Head!

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!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

And a New Opportunity is Born

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...

Monday, August 25, 2014

To Create a New Blog or Continue on With This One????

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...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Home Improvements

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!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

In About 2 Weeks...

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!

Life is so good!!!!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

It's Been a While

For a long time I haven't felt like I had much to blog about. I think mostly my family reads the blogs to keep up with me, but now I'm living with them or seeing them all the time so there's not much to update them on.

Anyway, things have really moved along since August! After the wedding Deivin and I went to Montana and Yellowstone for our honeymoon. It was a great trip but once it was over I knew that my next mission was to find a job for me. I know from past experience just how difficult finding a job is and I was a little worried that I would be looking for months. Thankfully after just a week I was able find a temp to hire position which I had actually already applied for before the wedding. When I had initially read the position description I knew it would be the perfect post Peace Corps job and really wanted the job but after not hearing anything for over a month I figured it was one of those phantom job postings that so many employers put up to see who they get but have no real intention of hiring anyone. Months later the week that we returned from the honeymoon a family friend called to let me know that there was a job fair that week. At the job fair I saw that there was a temp agency with the same job that I had a applied for. So, I signed up with the agency and was working within a week! I feel soooooo blessed! I was hired on permanency a month and a half later and there you have it!

More that anything I've felt like I'm just trying to get my feet under me and it's been just in the past few weeks that I feel like things are starting to settle down and I'm finally starting to find normal. Deivin and I still have a long way to go, but we are getting there! Deivin's work permit just arrived and he also just got his learners permit to begin driving. That has been a long journey in it's self, but after many trips to the DMV and hours spent waiting, he now has the permit in hand and now drives us everywhere we go! That's progress! A lady I work with tells me that success is sticking with a plan long enough to succeed, I think she is right. There is still a lot of work to be done, but we just keep chipping away and with Gods help (and He has been a huge help) we are making progress.

I'll update more in a few days... So much has happened...