Moved

Whew!  Today was moving day!

Tonight I am thankful for my wonderful uncle, cousin, cousin’s family, kiddos, and hubster who came out to help move my parents today!  I am thankful for my aunt for taking my grandma out of the moving chaos!  And I am thankful for the moving company doing a wonderful job with all the big stuff!

I know everyone will sleep well in their new house tonight!

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HERE!

Guess what I found in the store today?!?!?  Guess!!!  Wait, my picture in the blog gave it away, didn’t it?

That’s right, Little Debbie Pumpkin Delights are back in stores!!!!!  They probably have nothing healthy in them. I refuse to turn the box over to read it.  I don’t want to know!  They only come out once a year and I’ve been waiting for them!

Tonight I am thankful that for a little time, Pumpkin Delights are available!!!  Hooray!  I’ll share if anyone want to try one . . . but you have to hurry.  My supply is being eaten rather quickly!

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Helpers

Tonight I felt like both a masterful save-of-time, and a masterful lazy-dinner-cooker.  Within a matter of  minutes I ordered some groceries with the Shipt Shopper and a pizza from Hungry Howies.

Shipt Shopper – this is a positive thing.  We only needed a few things.  If I had went to the store, I would have filled a cart up . . that’s just how I roll in the grocery store.  So although I pay a little more for some items thru Shipt; it really does save money fighting my own shopping tendancies.  Groceries arrived, and I got some work done while the groceries were shopped for.  Total win for the evening!

Hungry Howies – hmmm . . well not budget friendly.  There was totally food here in this house that could have been made for dinner.  I did not feel like making it.  Pizza sounded good.  And there are wonderful people who bring it right to me!!  That all is positive!  It went a little outside the weekly budget for this week.  And it certainly would have be more cost effective to make something else or even drive and get the pizza myself.  But hey, sometimes it’s just a little nicer to call it in!

Tonight I am thankful for the wonderful people who brought food to my house tonight!  They were here within about a half hour of each other!  And they made my night a lot easier!

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Tonight is easy!  Tonight I am thankful that I am going to bed!!!

The last two nights have not filled with hours of sleep.  Oh, I was willing!  But a phone call from one of my top clients on Monday has had me working on revamping some of my processes in record time.  I’m not done yet.  But, I’m done enough to make it to bed and sleep all night!  Woo hoo!!

Tonight I am thankful for bedtime! I hope you all get a great night’s sleep!!

Made It!

We Made It!

Another first day of school is in the books!!

The kids all had a pretty good day.  Everyone got in to their lockers just fine.  And they had the blessing of having the first day of school be a half-day!

Tonight I am thankful that the first day of school went well!!  Tomorrow will be the first full day of school.  We changed our family lunch plans for this school year.  And tomorrow will be our fist run at that!!  The kiddos got this!!

Do Not Despise

I heard something today that I really liked, “Do not despise humble beginnings”.

That is so perfect.

I started my appraisal business all those years ago to be able to stay home with the kiddos.  Do you want to know a good way to succeed in business?  Do not allow yourself to fail.  That was it.  I had tried several things (that just weren’t right), to be able to stay home.  Staying home with my babies was the most important thing to me.  So I had no room to fail.  With that mindset, I learned things and endured things that I would not normally have done.  I grew as a person and as a professional.  I was often uncomfortable; as is customary with growing.  And the result was myself having new skills and mindsets.

I had an office in the closet of the living room, so I could be working while the kids were playing.  I had clients who heard my babies babble in the background.  I had my last two babies, came home from the hospital, and finished reports.  My clients had no idea I’d just had babies.  The “why” of my business was so great, my babies, me being with my babies; there was simply no margin for failure.

I’ve always enjoyed houses.  Appraising houses is not the most personally rewarding profession.  It keeps my “nerd” side very happy with the numbers and the reports.  But my “heart” side wanted more.  My babies were growing.  So I started my real estate brokerage to be able to help people.  The “why” of this business is different.  It is also very important.  I’ve messed up.  Countless times.  Cringe-worthy times.  But I’ve learned and grown here too.  I still have a lot of room to improve, but that’s part of the great thing about this.  The “why” always keeps us moving forward and learning to be better.

I knew this year in particular would be a year of transitioning.  I no longer work out of a closet in the living room.  I no longer make quite so many mistakes.  But I work . . a lot . . too much . . . I’ve worked on how to say no.  And it’s just hard.  My “why”s are still here.  They are still staring at me.  Being home with the kiddos?  While they don’t need me physically in front of them every minute, they still need me available.  Helping people?  Absolutely yes, I spend time circling around as I want to make the best plans to help.  But I am finite.  And this limited fact of me, has been exhausting me.

I thought maybe this year would be about reigning things in.  But it’s not.  I’ve tried a couple different time to reign things in to get more time back.  But that’s not working.  And it just doesn’t seem to be my path.  I’ve been praying.  A lot.  And I think this year is more about letting things run; rather than reigning them in!  I have done so much of both businesses by myself for so many years . . fourteen years to be exact.  There comes a time in business where you either learn to let go (with a good plan of course) or you stop growing.  I’m learning to let go.  It’s hard.  I’m not the most detailed teacher.  But it’s time to get better at this now.  This feels right.  It is still very much a process that I am on the cusp of.  But, this is the path.

Tonight I am thankful that I do not despise the humble beginnings of either of my companies.  I see God’s hand in both of them, as they’ve grown and developed.  I pray often to not get in the way of God’s plan for these endeavours.  And I am thankful for “why”s in business that are so great, that I am constantly having to learn to be more than I am to keep up!

Don’t mind me over here.  I’m focusing on appreciating the humble beginnings, staring at my “why”s, and coming up with better plans to move forward.

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Made It

Alright, we did it!

We are around 38 hours until the start of school and we have all our supplies . . I think.

Tonight was a family shopping trip to finish all the school related stuff.  I forgot to bring one school supply list.  But we still have everything.  Whew!

Tonight I am thankful for being prepared for school.  We waited a little close to the first day this year.  But, we made it!