This whole starting a business thing…

It’s intense.
Lots of things to think about.
Proper permits and licenses, taxes, advertising, marketing, business plan, bedspreads, photos, paint and stain, expenses…
All on top of the other regular drama of life? Holy smokes. It adds up.

It’ll all be worth it. Well, I hope. This is certainly going to be one heckuva ride, that’s for sure.

So buckle up. Things are just starting to get interesting around here. Again.

Always a good reminder

I received this, many, many years ago. Maybe… 24? 25? years ago. From my girl scout leader, Marla.

I cannot for the life of me remember what badge we were earning, or what project we had taken on. But she gave everyone in the troop one of these (I’m pretty sure). I’ve kept it, all these years.

Because it’s been an inspiration when inspiration is needed.

Because it reminds me of my lovely girl scout days. Where I gained a number of skills I use to this day, where I gained some desperate my needed confidence in myself, and gained some lovely friends.

Because it reminds me that no matter how #&$!@% life gets, I’m still going to handle it like a boss, in my own way.

It also goes to show that one seemingly small act, can last a lifetime. I wouldn’t have a clue (nor would she), if we walked past each other at this point in life. But this one kernel, such a small vote of confidence in an angsty, young teenager, is still there.

Better if your acts and actions are used positively and kindly, no? I’d rather leave behind a legacy of kindness. Helping people out when I can. Or at the very least, just being nice. Complimenting someone on their mermaid hair. Or how cheerful and good they are at their job. Those don’t cost anything but several seconds of your time, but can immediately brighten someone’s day.

How are you going to brighten someone’s day today?

Bet you’re wondering why it’s been quiet!

Well, I started a new job at the beginning of fall, and am starting to gain my bearings a little with that. It’s paperwork and numbers, but I enjoy it.

In addition…

We’ve been moving. Much slower than I’d like, but there’s only so many hours in the day I can juggle all. the. things. This is my [adult] parlour and office. Including all things Angry Moose. (So many things!)

Above is before. I got those awkward shelves up on my walls, all by myself.

Below, slightly more put together. Whole house is still a work in progress. But it’s bright and cozy, so lovely.

What cracks me up is that the kids have a whole family room in the basement. With the PlayStation and big tv (with working audio). Yet 80% of the time, they gravitate up to this little room of mine upstairs. To curl up in a corner or on the couch with a book or Kindle, use the computer on my desk (formerly a dining table, the heirloom from my grandma and great great grandma), do homework or crafts on the coffee table, you name it. Sometimes it’s aggravating. But then I step back, and realize it’s adorable that they want to hang out together/with me. The cozy natural gas fireplace I’m sure helps a little, too.

Anywho, it’s been a quiet flurry of activity. Lots of pans in the fire.