Soooo, I've left my full time job at what is now becoming a rather controversial for-profit education company (#clintonfoundationscandal in case you wanted to look it up), where my soul was being eaten away little by little with not only the guilt of being a part of something I no longer believed in, but mostly at the agony and worry of consistently turning down business which would have required my availability during regular business hours. After enough such inquiries and loss, I looked at the loss potential and decided to really be about growing my fledgling business, Dinner on Demand Personal Chef Services. .As Steve Harvey would say, I took the leap.
Not that I thought it would be smooth sailing, but I certainly didn't expect that the stress of the realization that I've got SO much to do to really make this work in the absence of a steady paycheck would cause me to get sick within the first 2 days away from the job. Since this past Wednesday, my last day, I have done the following:
1) gotten stuck in a huge cluster fluck of traffic caused by the blockages of roads caused by a trash fire in a loading dock in Harbor East while on my way to do some business banking
2) had BGE come out to our house twice because of an ungrounded electrical wire which was sparking and a gas leak (NOT the best of combinations!).
3) had 5 service technicians in the house since Tuesday.
4) had the puppy pee and poop on the floor at least thrice daily all week
5) had to shell out $120 dollars for a culture of a clean urine sample taken from inside the puppy's bladder to see whether we can continue her on the correct antibiotics for the 5th week in a row
6) headed down to the Baltimore city office of business licensure to pay $128 for 6 sheets of paper known as a certified copy of our articles of incorporation
7) had the refrigerator break on us so we had to buy dry ice to keep all the food fresh as we'd JUST gone grocery shopping
8) book 3 clients between now and November
9) get selected to be part of a chef showcase event in Baltimore on November 9th #tastebaltimore2
10) book an appointment with a prominent chef of a locally owned cafe to discuss a possible pop up chef takeover in December. Details forthcoming!
11) managed to get sick the day before an in-home catering event that I have to do tomorrow (ugh).
12) had the hot water heater leak about 15 gallons of water onto the basement floor this morning while I had just started submitting homework early for the start of school next week (finishing my massage licensure, AAS in Clinical Massage Therapy).
#theculinarysocialte put this together. Excited!
That's a LOT! It's not smooth sailing, and I didn't exactly expect to be on cruise control, but SCHITTTT!! I don't know if I can handle much more at this pace! I need a breather and luckily the Mr and I are on vacation in 2 weeks.
So I'm sitting here on a Saturday after a rather tumultuous morning and afternoon, taking a break from reading about pathology as it relates to getting and giving massage. I just keep telling myself that these are small snafus which are a blessing to have. Had we not been blessed to own our home, we wouldn't be stressed by the house trying to electrocute, suffocate, silently gas, and then drown us and the dogs. Had I not been marketing myself like a beast since April, I wouldn't have the anxiety associated with leaving a job to build a small business. The same goes if I didn't have the best, most awesomely supportive man by my side to tell me to jump and then push me off the damned cliff when I was taking too long. Mr Bueno, you're amazing. TQM. Here goes nothing, and I knot it won't quite be like cruise control...but it will be worth it.
Yes, this is PRECISELY what it felt like, but appreciate it!