Monday, May 1, 2017

Midlife Crises in the Business World


I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has experienced the ups and downs when it comes to owning your own business. Including in that family, military moves and good intentions. It’s hard to believe at times that I’ve stepped away from my website, blog postings and social media when it comes to my company now for almost one full year. I continued to have new clients, returning clients and I’ve given numerous presentations, so my company has been doing good. Let me take a few steps back.
For those of you who have met me and know what I’m like, I have a creative crafty side that I missed and wanted to explore again. So, about a year ago I took a part time job at a local florist and thoroughly enjoyed meeting with people every day that I worked, building new friendships and possible business relationships.  I worked in a flower shop back in high school and again during one of our military rotations, creating floral arrangements was something I always enjoyed, creative and crafty. It was like a craft room playground. I found that between the hours at the flower shop, mind you it wasn’t part-time anymore, and my client work things just weren’t the same anymore and I was missing something. I needed to take a good hard look at what was happening and find that missing element, fun!
So, it’s no big surprise for me genealogy is fun, the researching, the blog postings, writing and working more with clients. I love doing what I do finding those missing pieces in a family story. Unlocking a family’s history and sharing all the wonderful, funny, shocking and amazing things that our ancestors have done. So, I gave a two weeks’ notice, yes that might be viewed as old school, and left that craft room playground. Let’s just say that I’m one happy genealogist along with my family and business is better to boot. I don’t know if this saying applies for most but it works for me “you may think the grass is greener on the other side, but if you take the time to water your own grass, it will be just as green”.  I thought I was missing out on something and took a chance, stepped away from the comfort of my business and my client base. Mind you I didn’t step to far away but enough to get my toes wet and figure out I didn’t like it.

If asked would I do it again, take on a part time job, I would have to say, “yeah”. That might seem a little strange to some but I guess you could think of it as a midlife crisis in a business world. I felt as if I was missing something, that creative crafty side. I needed to go out there revisit that side of creativity, making floral arrangements, making jewelry or baking, whatever it was I needed and wanted to give it a try. It’s important to note that while doing this I didn’t let my company cease to exist, I continued to work with clients and give those presentations. Because of that it was easier for me to discover what that missing element of fun was.