Back to School, Back to Reality…
For me, the start of September signifies the end of summer and those three words dreaded by students everywhere: back-to-school! I haven’t been a student for years, but I am a high school teacher and had to go “back to work” this week. Both Clytie and I have day jobs that support us, pay the bills, and make possible the pursuit of our dream job (Ampersand!) that sustains us. It’s hard to believe that it’s time to return to the real world.
This whole summer has been a whirlwind. Even though it went by rather quickly, it most certainly provided for some valuable learning experiences. When we first embarked on this adventure at the end of June, I knew that we had a lot of work ahead of us, but I definitely underestimated. I figured that we were two pretty smart people who had a clear idea of what we wanted/needed to accomplish, we weren’t afraid to work hard, and we had the time. So, naturally, we would make it happen and it would be a smooth ride. Naturally, I was wrong. Nothing can prepare you for all of the various roadblocks and challenges that arise. All you can do is try your best to tackle each one as it presents itself, roll with the punches, and maintain a sense of humor along the way.
Starting a business is a lot of work—even a small one—and, as my wise business partner said, we were trying to squeeze into a little over two months what often takes up to a year or more to accomplish. Sure, there are still a few loose ends—for instance, the website is still in progress—but we’ve done a heck of a lot.
We’ve met some amazing individuals, shopped our way through 10+ states, logged in over 2000 miles on the speedometer, sent hundreds of e-mails, punched in countless hours on the time clock, and built a business! So what if the summer is almost over and living the dream has gone part-time? We are still plugging away, and it will all be worth the wait. You’ll see. And if anything or anybody tries to bring us down, we’ve got our levelheaded mascot to remind us that: honey badger don’t care!