I mentioned to my husband this morning that we really need to go through our clothing and donate whatever we are not using. Since my husband and I were married three and a half years ago, we have moved from a house in Cincinnati to an apartment in Dallas, to a house in Dallas, and now to a condo in Fort Lauderdale. With every move we have been forced to clean out closets and donate more "stuff" than we ever even knew we had. It is a great feeling to know that your belongings that sit around gathering dust, are going to someone who will actually put them to use! It is also leaves you with a wonderfully free feeling...a great way to start the new year.
After mentioning this new goal of mine to my husband this morning, I came across this post on a newly found international blog Go! Smell the Flowers. The post is about dumping things from your life...and I love this!! We all need to dump a few things from our lives and I am going to start with my unused "stuff". I think I'm also going to add a few extra pounds to the list (I keep promising myself that I will start my workout classes next week). I'm also vowing right now to dump my baggage. I have come to a realization this week that some things are just out of my control. I will do everything in my power to run this business properly and make my customers happy, but I have to let go of the things that are behind me or simply out of my hands.
What do you need to dump from your life? Is it time to let go?
These quotes were sent to me yesterday, author unknown. As most of you know, this last month has been a huge challenge for me. I knew that starting a business, I would be wearing many hats and dealing with many people, but this last month has been a real test for me personally. I trust others and base my decisions on promises and deadlines. I personally will do whatever is in my power to keep my word...I am learning that not everyone has that same principle. I have promised our products to our customers based on dates provided to me by our factory. I understand that things happen out of our control, such as the hurricane, but other missed deadlines are just one excuse after another. As a business, I am trying to make this right with our customers, because they are my top priority, but it is killing me that I can not meet our delivery dates for them. Today, I received some of our products with incorrect measurements, which now have to be fixed...which, yes, once again causes more delays.
My pattern maker sent me these quotes yesterday, which truly got me through my day. I have accepted the challenge and I am willing to do whatever it takes to make our customers happy and this business a success...sometimes I just need to have a little pep talk with myself. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to create my dream and all dreams come with a few challenges. Our Pastor at Fellowship Church Miami always says that anything worth achieving requires hard work and some struggle. Today, I took a deep breath, put my worries aside for a few minutes and was able to focus on my appreciation and trust. It really felt great!
So, with all of my production headaches this month, I decided that I needed a little getaway to secure my sanity. I convinced my husband to whisk me away to Disney World for the Thanksgiving holiday. Having not visited this land of happiness since childhood, I figured it would be a great place to escape from my manufacturing nightmare of a reality!
What an incredible experience!! I would highly recommend this getaway for any family, with or without children. Although my husband and I hope to have children of our own someday soon, this was a fabulous bonding experience for us and our marriage. We were able to smile, laugh, eat and walk our little hearts out!
I've heard that Thanksgiving was a great time to venture to the big DW, and I would have to agree. We never waited more than 45 minutes in a line, and even that was rare. We enjoyed the sunshine and 75 degree weather and really didn't miss the big turkey too terribly much. They do offer the traditional Thanksgiving meal at a few of the park restaurants, but we opted for the fish and chips at the Epcot UK pub.
I would have appreciated a few tips when planning my trip, so I wanted to post these for anyone planning to visit in the near future...
- We stayed at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel right across from Downtown Disney and loved it. We booked the TZoo Special, which made for better rates and free buffet breakfast (which usually costs $20/person).
- Stay at a hotel that offers free transportation to and from the resorts. Parking on site is about $11/day.
- For those parties of two, I would highly recommend the UK pub in Epcot. Everyone was so friendly and the food at the pub is less expensive than the restaurant that is attached.
- We went to the House of Blues for dinner on Friday night and were surprised by the semi-reasonable prices. We expected to endure tourist pricing at most restaurants near-by, but were pleasantly surprised that this restaurant was not too bad.
- The new Soarin ride at Epcot was definitely worth the wait, but if you go at closing time, the wait is about 1/2 as long as it is throughout the day.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!