As I write this, I sit in my under-construction living room — full of extension cords, exposed electrical wire, power tools– in front of a too-tiny space heater, doing my best to stay warm. The house has a very long way to go, but the commercial kitchen is mostly done, save a few major installations. (See photo below!) I have stopped blindly declaring estimated deadlines for completion because… I just don’t know when it will all be done!
The past few months have been some of the most challenging months of my life, but also some of the most rewarding. While it is certainly easy to feel stressed and like nothing is going as quickly as it should, it is comforting to hear from other entrepreneurs that this is a normal phenomenon. This is part of it. I’m doing it!
And just when I needed that little bit of perspective, it occurred to me this week that I quit my day job only one year ago, on November 12, 2011. One year ago! 365 days ago! 52 weeks ago! That’s no time at all! And in that short period of time, I’ve learned (with an unbelievable amount of help) basic record keeping, accounting, website maintenance, how to use a jackhammer, how to not lose your mind while making a wedding cake, and, seriously, seven thousand other tiny bits of knowledge that now have a home in my brain.
And there is so much more to learn. So much. And I am so ready. But cool, calm, collected, and patient too, ya know? I’m keeping my eyes on the prize and taking it one day at a time.
Karen Jane DeWitt