Tuesday, February 11, 2014
It's hard to believe that I started sparking way back in 2007.
Back then I was at the height of my career with a major retailer. I travelled every week and wanted to drop a few pounds, which led me here to SparkPeople.
We didn't know what was coming at work. The recession created a new normal for many of us in the workplace.
Over the next 7 years I finally got laid off from my job (I could see that coming for ages), took another job I really didn't like, had shoulder surgery, launched a start-up, and am still recovering from that shoulder surgery. And still sparking!
I find myself at a really interesting part of my life. I'm in uncharted waters with my start-up. I always wanted to own my own business, and knew it would be hard work. I didn't know that there would be days that I'd go from exhilaration to fear -- often within the span of a few hours.
I find so much inspiration here on Spark. Some days I wonder how I'm going to make my business successful. I find an inspirational quote here and there -- and save them for future reference. I find inspirational Spark Friends everywhere. And perspective. There's no reason for me to struggle with my fear of business failure. Other people are fighting for their lives, beating back cancer and other debilitating, terrifying diseases. I'll take my lot any day of the week.
Thank you for 7 years of friendship and inspiration.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Sparkers, I'm writing this blog so when I look back next year, I can remember how far I've come. It's kind of long, so if you do read on, I apologize for the length.
Happy Birthday to me!
Last year I was two weeks into my new life. I had just quit my job and had no idea what I was going to do next. I was in a lot of pain from my frozen shoulder and was exhausted from trying to work full-time when I could barely dress myself. I also wasn't sure if my disability claim would be approved, which was causing me an enormous amount of stress. I knew I couldn't keep working, but I wasn't sure if I made the right choice to take time off. I wanted to focus on me for a change.
In late December my disability claim was finally approved. What a relief! I was still in a lot of pain and not sleeping. Having some money coming in took a lot of pressure off me, though.
In March I went to a class called "Inspired Work" in LA. During that class, I came up with an idea to create customized employment applications for mobile devices to make it easier for hourly people to apply for jobs. In April I met a brilliant coder from my college who graduated the following month. He created texting software that I incorporated into my company as a Virtual Recruiter.
I previously tried to other start-ups, but didn't have the right partner. I even met another potential partner through Inspired Work, but again, it wasn't the right fit. I finally feel as though I am working with the right people. We're having fun, there's no drama, and there's nothing we haven't been able to work though yet. Plus, if we are successful, we can share our success with our alma mater, Hampshire College.
By June we had a demo. Last week we had a national hotel chain agree to a paid beta test.
Throughout this process I constantly questioned whether or not I was doing the right thing. My Inspired Work class taught me that fear was normal, and some coping skills. I kept reminding myself that I had to walk through the fear. I'm still not making much money, but at least I know I have identified a need in the market and am positioned for success.
Now about my weight. Last year I planned to be at my goal, which means losing 15-20 pounds.
I just returned from a trip to NY/MA and haven't been logging my food lately. But I have been working out diligently, and we haven't been eating out much over the last few months (mostly to save $, but also to eat more healthily. DH needs to lose 50+ pounds).
I was nervous this morning when I got on the scale since I feel like a whale. I expected 170-173. So, I'll take 168.4 as a victory! I still have a long way to go, but as with many things in life, my weight isn't as big of a deal as I thought it was. It's always funny to me to realize how us humans can make a big deal out of a little issue.
So, how will I measure success on my birthday next year?
1. I will be at a healthy weight and my shoulder will be fully functional. No more pain!
2. My business will be thriving.
For now it's a lot of work, but I'm starting to see how Sparkpeople fits so perfectly into my work and personal life. I find inspiration here every day that flows into all aspects of my life. Thank you Spark Friends!
Friday, August 16, 2013
It's been a few very stressful weeks at my household. I need a mental health break. So, let's daydream for a minute:
You win the lottery and money is no object. You take care of your family, friends, and interests. You still have a bundle to spend, and you love to travel. What would you do?
A cruise around the world?
Rent a villa in Europe for a month?
Sparkers, come dream with me. Let's go on the virtual vacation of a lifetime together!
Sunday, August 11, 2013
You know from my last blog entry that DH is going through very tough times at work. My heart goes out to him. He just wants to go into work, do a great job, and go home without drama.
He suffers from anxiety, so this isn't helping. Last night we went to a LAMBDA Legal function and he was sweating uncontrollably. He got better as the evening went on, but it resumed later in the evening. Today he is in bed all day, sleeping.
I'n concerned the stress is literally killing him -- or at a minimum, making him sick. He doesn't exercise, so he has no release there. He typically turns to wine or scotch for release. He just hasn't learned how to manage stress, and now I think it's reached a tipping point. Any suggestions?
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