Wow. I can’t believe it has been nearly a week since I posted here. So much is going on around here!
Business estimates are starting to pick up feverishly which means I am spending most of my days guiding customers through the selection process for their kitchens and bathrooms. Additions and kitchens and bathrooms, OH MY! On top of all of that, I am working to expand and overhaul a lot of our marketing and our internal operations to help the company run more smoothly.
It’s tax season again and so my amazing husband is working crazy hours. Yesterday was his last day off of work for the next month and a half so that kind of stinks. Fortunately, I have a date night planned after he gets off of work on Friday night so, while we won’t be getting a ton of family time in, at least I’ll get some face time with my guy!
Genius me decided that tax season (full time work and, basically, full time single mom) was the best time to start taking classes to further my career. Writing, remodeling, social media, relationship management… All things I need to improve upon. The way I see it, my career is broken down into three categories and each and every one of them is an enormous part of who I want my future self to be.
First, we have the remodeling aspect of things. Aging in place, kitchen design, bathroom design and business growth are all areas that I have wanted to improve on. One of my three classes is a self-study relationship management class. Keith Ferazzi, author of Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back, has an amazing online course that I am working through one week at a time. I have always been a little socially retarded and it something I need to improve on for business and life in general. I’m working on it and this class, amazingly, is helping me out a lot.
Second, on the writing and blogging front, I am taking a writing class with one of my favorite authors, Christina Katz. I found Christina after reading an article she wrote in Writer’s Digest magazine. After getting to know her through her work and Facebook exchanges, I realized that, writing wise, she is really where I want to be in my writing career (except my work is more fiction and blogging). Finding out that we became mothers on the exact same day was icing on the cake. When I decided I needed a writing class to keep me accountable to my writing, she was my go to gal!
Last, we have self branding. With a blog, a writing career on the horizon and an established remodeling company that could possibly be mine to run someday, I really need to streamline myself and all of my business related hat. In Media Bistro’s Social Media Boot Camp, I am learning to craft a full on social media persona that will combine all aspects of my personal and professional life.
Outside of the classes and business, my kiddos are having a blast. My littles are taking music classes and staying a little later at preschool every day now. While I miss my time with them, they are loving every minute of it! Madison is swimming three evenings a week which gives me much needed time to go to the gym. Health is one of the things I promised myself would take precedence in my life this year and that is a promise I am not willing to break.
So, to sum it all up, we’re busy. Happily, joyfully busy. Sometimes the laundry piles up, the dishes don’t get done right away and I catch flack for it. I have taken time to set my priorities and I have elected to fill my plate with the things that are important to me. My children first, my marriage second, my friends and family next followed by my community and career obligations. Sometimes I throw myself in there too J
I hope all of you reading the blog are enjoying it. I am amazed to see the traffic going up constantly and look forward to keeping you in the loop on what I am working on.