February 28, 2012

Some Thinking...

Yesterday, at the book store, my mind started to drift. Remembering the times that I would go there not to long ago. You would find me in the Management, Entreprenuership, Advertising, Small Business section. The floor would be my spot and I would look through tons of books too soak up all the information an every aspect of running a business. There were times where I remember not knowing how any of this was going to happen. So much information, so little time to figure it out.

I started thinking yesterday how I got to where I am today..a few weeks away from going live. It seemed back then that I didn't know what I was doing. How could it be that I came this far in just a few months. How have I gotten to this place in my life in general. Not even five years ago I could safely say that I had no idea what I was planning to do with my life. I had no idea how I was going to figure that out. How long did it take you to get where you are at in your life? Where you as lost as I was?

I threw myself into reading everything I could. Novels, Self-Help books, Biographies, and the infamous Dummies books. My book shelf grew from about 10 books to more like 100. After reading all sorts of books I realized a repeating trend. Almost everyone, characters included, were lost at one time in their life. Lost, in the sense that they couldn't quite figure out what they were supposed to be doing with their life. They would go through the motions of daily routines but not really accomplishing anything. My life, not too long ago, was like that. I had no idea how-unhappy?- I was. Unhappy isn't right...I wasn't living to my full potential.

I knew that my husband was making something of himself and I couldn't figure out what I was going to do. Being apart of bringing money into the house is so important for me. Early on I knew I didn't want to be a housewife, it's just not for me. A business women who is also a mom was something that I wanted to be. Working hard, long hours but still being able to come home to a clean, happy home, make dinner, put the kids in bed, and still find time for my husband is what I am striving for now. Yes, all of that may seem out of a book and that may be true on some level but how will you reach your full potential in all aspects of your life if you don't dream big or set such high standards for yourself?

Yesterday, I did what I used to. Sitting on the floor around the business section. I began to read the books like I used to. I came across one that had the simplest rule to run your business by and your life in general. "Master a routine". How simple is that. The author went on to say how is realized once he set a daily routine, not just in running his business, but in his personal life he realized how simple every thing began. He found more time for relaxation, at times, more time with his wife and kids, and he also found the time to start a few other business ventures. Putting everything into a routine makes you prioritize everything you have to do that day. I realized that's what I have started trying to do for the last few weeks and it has aloud me to not only push hard for Drake Men but also gave me a few times a week to give tennis lessons. So not only do I have an e-commerce business but also a small,growing tennis coaching business. Crazy how things work out like that. Something that I never expected to happen. I have great love and respect for tennis. I have always thought that I had the skill to coach on the side but never could fit the time in my life, so I thought. Now I have two students plus two others that are very interested.

My life is crazy, busy, filled with lots of love, family, friends, and two growing businesses. I would be the first person to tell you that I thought any of this would actually happen in my life. Five years ago, I was very content in my mind that I would just settle for an 'okay' job. Five months ago I thought how the world was I going to run a business when I couldn't tell you the first thing about running one. Now I am doing all of that. Running a business, with just a few more weeks to go, starting another small business venture, and having a clean home to walk into with a happy husband.

I still push myself everyday. I feel that I haven't reached my potential in my personal or professional life. The kids and the big house can obviously wait for a few more years! I get this feeling that I still want to learn more about all the different kinds of businesses out there. Running multiple e-commerce businesses would be my dream. I have no idea if I will get to that place and still be-sane-but I am trying harder everyday. My husband told me a while ago that why not push ourselves more each day and that while we are here on this earth we might as well do as much as we can. This made me do the-obvious, he is so right-laugh.

If only you knew my husband. He has three Bachelor degrees, his is a CPA, was in the Marine Corps for eight years,infantry division, still wants to get his MBA and possibly go to Law School. He has worked at many different jobs but it's true what he said. Why not do as much as we can while we can because the more we do the more we learn and the better we become. Try living with someone like that at home...it makes you a little more driven each day.

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1 comment:

  1. You cannot imagine how incredibly proud I am of you and Keith, and the beautiful life you are building with each other. Praise God for your many blessings. May He continue to bless and guide you in your daily lives. All my love, Mom