We haven’t been out of town for a couple of weeks now. I’ve been attending various meetings but both Brenda and I are starting to show the signs of cabin fever. We would like to see the snow disappear, some green on the ground and more sunlight in the sky. I think that’s what made me think the other day that February is such a short month so it feels as if winter passes quickly.
The sad truth is that we had to cancel out of one of our out of town vending dates a week ago because of another heavy dump of snow. Although we did not get as much as was predicted, six inches in one day was enough to cause us to just stay home. We turned it into a ‘snow day’ and watched DVDs for the entire day resting comfortably under blankets in the bedroom.
It is times like this that I pause and think about what we would have been doing instead back before our third quarter transition. I know that there would have been no rest and that the daily grind of our business would have dictated that at least one of us had to be at the office. Now that the office is upstairs and the demands of work have shifted so much, I appreciate the change.
I suspect that I will encounter this on a regular basis throughout this year. It will mark our second year (in July) of closing our storefront business. It will also mark our fourth year of doing the things we were doing as hobbies that have since become our new careers. Not many days go by where I don’t think about the progress we have made and the smooth transition that happened.
There is no doubt in my mind that what we are doing now in our lives is pretty close to what we are supposed to be doing in our lives. I say that because it feels right. It really does fit like a glove. Both Brenda and I have found our niches. It’s such a comfortable fit that even if we have to cancel something due to weather, it’s minor. It’s no longer a major inconvenience.
We even have a relatively clear idea of how we want to approach the coming year with our home-based businesses. I think the past couple of years have helped to prepare us for this moment. The moment where we start to further define what we will and will not do as part of our growing business plans. It’s a great feeling to have this much control for a change.
While neither of us has any preconceived notions of what we expect to happen for us in 2018, we both know this year will be a year of definition. In a way, both of us have embraced the third quarter transition and are about to fine tune it to the place where everything seems to fall right into place. We couldn’t think about doing any of this until the fit became comfortable for us which is where we happen to be now. It fits and feels right. Now is the time to work with that.
My name is George Elliott. I have been in the Media Industry since 1978. I spent 23 years in Broadcasting and worked in a total of six different radio stations located in southern British Columbia Canada during my career. In 2000 I switched gears and moved into the Print Media Industry at a small town, local weekly newspaper. In 2004 I bought the paper and operated it with my wife, Brenda until July 2016 when we closed it. I launched a freelance web content and article writing business from my home in January 2014.