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Re: What To Do!

Postby Kiko » July 29th, 2010, 1:26 pm

Hey Kel,

Wow, what a dilemma, and I feel for you! Well, IMHO, this is one that only you can answer, but, as someone who has seen you grow and flourish for about a year and a half, I'd have to ask you, in the deepest recesses of your heart, what do you want to do? I understand the temptation to have some financial stability, for as long as it lasts, but will you satisfy your soul? Or could you do both? Or hey, do you develop the discipline, and go with really committing to your business? BTW, don't feel too bad about the procrastination thing, most of us do it from time to time. I go through slumps where I'm less-than-motivated, and respond to Dr. Phil calling from the other room....

I'll share my experience with you... D.C. has a very frenetic vibe, something that doesn't resonate with my soul. I'm a fish outta water here, and don't fit socially. I'm more country girl than urban girl, and love fishing, critters, and that small town experience. I'm just not happy here, though there are soooo many opportunities to be successful in the sandcarving biz. Wow, it's so tempting to stay where I'm not happy, but reap the rewards financially, and yes, be close to my family for the first time in my adult life. I used to be a corporate exec, my brother and I owning a very successful ISP (Internet Service Provider) business. We built it together, and after 10 years of excruciatingly long hours, no vacations, and no time for my thing, I left. I did love it, but found I didn't fit any more. That was 4 years ago.

For quite some time I fumbled around, trying to adjust to the polar opposite experience, nothing but time on my hands! I was lost, being so used to the pace and demands of corporate life. I had always been involved in the arts, either as a designer or a gallery owner, but would bounce between the corporate and artistic worlds. When I discovered glass, and sandcarving in particular, I knew I had found my next gig. I love it! I also love my freedom. Still there was a restlessness, missing the pay, the structure, and the knowing what I had to do every day.

I recently traveled out of state, and while in the Baltimore airport, observed these "life forms" that I found distracting. They were corporate types (no disrespect intended, I was one!), Blackberrys glued to their ears, moving a mile a minute, briefcases whacking everyone they passed, and speaking an odd language that sounded vaguely familiar. "The strategic plan, whose organic nature is to develop synergy with the channel partners, blah-blah-blah". The pace, the vibe, the whole thing, made me laugh out loud, as I recognized that WAS the world I came from! All I could say, probably out loud too, was "Thank GOD I'm not in THAT world any more!!". I realized that I not only never wanted to go back there, but that I needed to do what I love, where I'm happy, and be content, even if the financial rewards are different... Sooo, I've decided to move, devote 110% of my energies to "developing synergy with new channel partners" (lol), and doing what I really want... Scary yes, but a lot less scary than looking back 10 years from now saying "woulda, coulda, shoulda"...

Hope that long diatribe helps you find clarity, as everyone's game plan is going to be different, and where we are at any given time can change. Just be happy. Your supportive pal, Keeks
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Re: What To Do!

Postby Kelly Harris » July 29th, 2010, 2:29 pm

Thanks Michelle,

Here is my problem with EI, my husband went to them about 8 years ago for support in starting a new business. They didn't feel that it was a viable venture. I'm concerned if I go to them they'll say no, see that I'm already trying this and cut me off. Is this a true statement?

Kiko,

I remember back to when I was first laid off, I wasn't upset at all in fact I was relieved. That steady income is tempting though. I have a meeting tomorrow morning with my potential new boss, I'll see what he has to say and go from there and I'll probably need the weekend to mull it over with my husband. I'll definately keep you guys posted but in the meantime back to the carving bus.

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Re: What To Do!

Postby sketchandetch » July 30th, 2010, 9:48 am

Well they hook you up with a business coach who makes that call. But my business coach loved the sandblasting kick, because it was so diversified. She was always coming up with more ideas of how I could use it. So I really don't think that will be a problem. But you are not qualified for it if you already have your business up and running. You can read the details at www.ability.ab.ca under New Venture Training.
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Re: What To Do!

Postby Kelly Harris » July 30th, 2010, 12:30 pm

Thanks Michelle, I'll look into that.
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Re: What To Do!

Postby bernie » July 30th, 2010, 7:50 pm

Guess the real part of it ... can you bring in the same amount of money as you do right now once the
unemployment stops. Can you live on just Mikes income if you have a bad year?

Some years I'm busy, some years I'm not. And, I've been doing this for a long time. Kills me the years
I'm not making as much and one of my compressors or something big like that goes down. Always happens
when one can least afford it.

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Re: What To Do!

Postby Kelly Harris » August 2nd, 2010, 10:51 am

Update.....I spent the weekend trying to figure out what I was going to do and decided to turn the offer down and persue my glass thing. I just got off the phone with my old boss and gave him the bad news. He said he can appreciate that I want to give all of my efforts in doing what I truly want to do but if a couple of months down the road I'm feeling different about it to give him a call. I thought that was pretty decent of him.

Phew, that's a big load off my shoulders. Now I can maybe enjoy the rest of my long weekend and thank you everyone for all of your advice.

Kelly
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Re: What To Do!

Postby Engraver » August 2nd, 2010, 11:17 am

It all works out in the end.....1 way or another!

Forge Ahead, believe in yourself and you can do anything!

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Re: What To Do!

Postby JESS » August 2nd, 2010, 11:36 am

HOORAY!!!!

I gotta say, I was afraid you might not have time for us anymore. I think you made the right choice!
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Re: What To Do!

Postby Tom Kuhn » August 2nd, 2010, 11:44 am

Kelly, I think you made a good choice too. Just the fact that you hesitated and questioned the job is enough to give pause. Good luck.

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Re: What To Do!

Postby Charles » August 2nd, 2010, 11:52 am

Money isnt everything ( well a good part of things) being happy means a lot!
I worked 25 years in the marine industry, all of it in engineering on boats. I worked a while as a port engineer, lead engineer for riverboat casinos, the latter paid in the 70k range in salary not including all the management perks! I like it I am darn good at it....BUT I found something else to do that I like! That keeps me home! I can close the door and go home if I wanna, I can close and watch a kid play a ball game! I can take off as long as I can afford to! This means more to me then the salary! Dealing with the rest of the story over and above keeping the boat running! When you are workin in a licensed position on a boat you cant call in sick unless u are in a hospital! etc. So sometimes the salary isnt everything, sometimes living means more!

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