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The Big Question for an Entrepreneur: "How's The Business Going?"

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Every year I teach at a CLE event in Houston.

This year I'm not feeling great for a few reasons. I have a shoulder surgery (again) scheduled for next week. I also have a nagging feeling that my little start-up should be doing better before I go under the knife.

So, last night one of my friends asked: "How's the business going?"

At first I felt doubt and disappointment. Then I realized it's been a full year since I saw my buddy. And then I was OK! In the last year, I've launched my website, completed a successful, paid beta test with 41 locations at a national hospitality chain, added an additional 35 locations, raised my rates a bit, and am waiting to hear if they want to go to a full rollout nationally. I also secured client #2 (a small one, but one with good potential). I got my trademark approved by the Patent Office. I also have a lot of people helping me, whether it's to secure finder fees or as part of my Board of Directors.

I have a lot to be grateful for. No wonder I'm still so excited!

Entrepreneurship truly is the biggest roller coaster ride of my life. I've learned that it's normal to move from anxiety to jubilation at least 10 times per day. And I've learned lots and lots of other stuff to.

A lot of people are going to ask me the "how's it going" question over the next two days. Now I'm ready to answer, "It's doing better than I ever could have dreamed."

I believe that there's usually a reason why we have certain interactions with people. If we pay attention, we can learn a lot from them. I am so grateful for last night's lesson with my buddy. Perspective truly is everything.

  


The Tipping Point

Sunday, July 13, 2014

So, here I am two years after my first surgery to repair a bicep tendon repair. I quickly progressed from surgery to a pretty severe case of frozen shoulder. It's been a mixed blessing.

On the physical side, I still have very restricted mobility and pain. I am scheduled for another operation in a couple of weeks Hopefully recovery will go faster.

On the professional side, the pain was so bad that I couldn't sleep and eventually quit my job. I launched a mobile recruiting software company and went through a successful paid beta test with a national hospitality chain. Like any start-up, it's always a challenge to find new business and balance out development costs. I'm having a blast, and I've learned a TON.

Now I'm at a tipping point.

On the physical side, I have no idea how long it will take to recover and what that process will look like. I know it will involve PT of course, but I can't wait to be able to be pain free, lift a free weight, swim, and be able to get in/out of my dresses that zipper in the back. emoticon

On the business side, I know I need to give it at least another 6 months to win new customers. As with weight loss, it is so hard to be patient and let all of my efforts come to fruition.

I look at my disability as a gift. It forced me to reevaluate my career and goals in life, and pushed me outside of my comfort levels.



  
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DEB62BIE62 7/13/2014 7:24PM

    It's always good to see things in a positive light. I too have some arm issues. However, I think mine is from using the mouse too much over time. I notice it hurts more when I spend a lot of time using the computer. However I'm glad that your's is looking up.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/13/2014 11:51AM

    It's good to hear from you. I've been wondering how you have been doing....both with your shoulder and your business. I'm sorry that you have to deal with another surgery, but hope that it helps to resolve the problem. It's been a long road....much longer than expected.

It sounds like your business is doing well. I'm so impressed that you have been able to bring your idea to fruition and are moving forward to the next phase. I know it must be scary, but you have the potential for it to really go well in the long run.

Wishing you the best.

Hugs,
Kay

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Celebrating 7 Years on SparkPeople

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.

  
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CTUPTON 2/21/2014 8:43PM

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BARBIE1967 2/11/2014 12:55PM

  Congratulations on your Sparkiversary. Today is my Sparkiversary as well but only 3 years and you are so right this is the very best group of people to keep us strong and motivated. Best wishes.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/11/2014 12:28PM

    Congratulations on your seven years with SP! It is interesting to look back over that time period and see how much has changed. I'm so glad you have stayed with SP through it all.
Hugs,
Kay

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/11/2014 12:28PM

    Congratulations on your seven years with SP! It is interesting to look back over that time period and see how much has changed. I'm so glad you have stayed with SP through it all.
Hugs,
Kay

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COOKINGSTARS 2/11/2014 9:51AM

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Birthday Check-Up

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.
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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!

  
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BRADMILL2922 10/10/2013 4:09AM

    You have come a long ways in both business and in health this year! You may not be exactly where you want to be but you are certainly going in the right direction and you have a lot to be proud of! Happy Birthday (even if it is late!)

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/1/2013 9:44AM

    Congratulations on how far you have come! I'm so impressed with what you are doing in starting up your business. I hope it's extremely sucessful. It sounds like you have found a fabulous partner.

As far as your shoulder is concerned, I'm a huge believer in keeping up with the PT stretching exercises I'm sure you have been given. I did them consistently for a year and still like to do them. My shoulder issue was at it's peak the day my father died. (I was actually at the doc's getting a shot in my shoulder the morning he died.) That was Sept. 15 two years ago. Now my shoulder is almost completely back to normal, so I'm living proof that with time and exercise it will get so much better.

I think weight is a funny thing. BC (before cancer), I was so concerned about how much I weighed and never could muster up enough consistency with my eating to get to my goal weight and stay there. Now, I would no more eat processed foods than I would eat gravel! My weight popped down to my goal weight without even trying and I don't really even care. It's a nice side benefit as far as I'm concerned, but it's no longer my focus.

Last, but not least, Happy Birthday!!! I don't know what day your birthday is/or was, but I hope you enjoy it to the fullest!

Hugs,
Kay
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Sparking my Life!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

My dear friend BRADMILL2922 wrote about his weight loss journey on my Sparkpage:

"The first step really is the hardest to take. At least for me, I really had to convince myself that I could do it. It is strange but I also had to convince myself that I was worth it. It can be a pretty daunting task if you look at the macro of the whole thing. If you really think of all the time and effort and sacrifice that will have to be made, it can be intimidating. Start small with small goals. Know that every little small battle you win will eventually lead you to victory in the bigger war!

Emotionally, I don't know if I have changes a lot. I mean I suppose. I have really just learned how to change my mindset. I really have learned not to dwell on things. Don't let things get me down and keep me down. Keep moving forward no matter what!"

As soon as I read this, I realized that this entry also applies to being an entrepreneur. You have to walk through fear and doubt, and take a lot of little steps that add up to big ones.

BRADMILL2922, THANK YOU for your words of wisdom!

  
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WEEPINGANGEL74 9/25/2013 12:47AM

    Brad is the most awesome person I have encountered on here!! Glad he inspires you too!

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BRADMILL2922 9/23/2013 11:05PM

    Aww! You are welcome! Thank you for saying such nice things! I am always happy to help in anytime :)

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DRKYASHI 9/21/2013 9:35PM

    Well put! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/21/2013 8:47PM

    It's funny because Jim told me the almost identical thing tonight when I asked him how he dealt with hardships so well. So I think Bradmill's advice applies to all kinds of situations.

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