Downsizing and Reorganizing

The last 4 months have been trying, stressful and exciting. We closed our Southern California chapter and started our new Florida chapter. In the process of this adventure, I have learned several things.

1. Moving with a family is complicated and exhausting
2. Trying to meal plan in a hotel room or a vacation rental is near impossible
3. Basic TV sucks, I truly missed my OnDemand and recorded programming. We had no idea what was going on in the world for 3 months.
4. Trying to keep your business goals intact while making a huge transition is not practical.
5. What you think you can do in a week, actually takes 8 weeks to complete.
6. Breaking your promises happen. Sorry- this is in regards to my video tutorials. I really, honest to goodness, wanted to press on, but I just couldn’t.
7. Moving with stuff sucks even more. I strongly suggest if you ever do what I did, just sell everything you own and get new (and used) when you land in your destination.

My expectations of myself have also changed. I am not able to work in chaos. A room full of stuff that doesn’t have a place will make me leave that room rather than find places for said stuff. I made so many promises in regards to my video goals, book goals and inventory goals, that I know I have let people down. It kills me, but I can’t even begin to pick back up on my goals until the boxes in my workshop are no longer in the room.

For a bit of prospective, I used to own a 2300 square foot store and workshop and had a 2300 square foot house. Our new house, which I am now working out of, is 1800 square feet. Ouch. I have no place for my stuff, mainly inventory items that take up space. Because of this, I have decided to discontinue carrying several items and am having a fire sale on it all.

More updates and videos coming soon. I promise.

Hurricane Season – So much for unpacking

As I was trucking along, getting our house unpacked, we had to suddenly stop doing everything to prepare for Hurricane Irma. We boarded our windows and doors, took down or secured everything in our yard in the days before, then on Sunday, we lost power at the beginning of the storm.

And then the storm got bad, then the county of Pinellas lost 90% of all power. Not to mention the rest of the state. I’m not sure what the total count was but I think it was something like 3.5 million people were left with no power and food rotting in their fridge.

This also means that 3.5 – 5 million people have not been able to shower or clean themselves. Lets just say we stink. I have taken a couple cold showers, but I’ve limited it to one every other day because the water treatment plants are also without power.

I will never take electricity for granted again. We bought a generator off someone who didn’t lose power yesterday, but can’t really run it much because of the noise and fumes. I’ve been able to work and process orders with the help of a battery backup and my cell phone hot spot.

Duke Energy, our power company, has stated that we (Pinellas county) will have power by Friday at midnight. I am looking forward to that, although there are still downed power lines in our neighborhood. I’m crossing my fingers. In the days since our power went out, I have taken advantage of the discounts being offered at the different entertainment venues. Here is a picture from our venture to the aquarium by the lemurs and turtles.