It’s the last day of 2011, I’ve just finally had a chance to sit on my couch and put my feet up on the ottoman and take a breather after doing the house cleaning this morning. By the way, may I just ask, where does all this dust come from? I wondered as I was dusting, if God made everything for a reason, what’s the reason for dust? I know I’ve wasted countless hours of my life cleaning it up…. Actually, now after giving it some thought, I have to be reminded that my husband and I have owned a thriving cleaning business for the past six years and I guess you could say we owe that to… Dust? Hmmm… This brings me to my next topic of discussion.
Almost two years ago, my husband and I had a real heart to heart talk about what we REALLY want out of life. What our hopes and dreams were. He revealed to me his sincere passion for motorcycles and mechanics and how he regretted never being able to pursue it as a career because he didn’t graduate high school. So our cleaning company, he thought, would just have to suffice.
Vinny doing what he LOVES
I jumped at the opportunity to remind him that anything is possible no matter what age or stage of life you’re in. And after months of G.E.D. classes and several attempts at the entrance exam, he finally was admitted to Motorcycle Mechanics Institute! It’s been a trying couple of years for me to take on the burden of our financial responsibilities, which afforded him the time to attend school full time, but after graduating this summer, and opening up his very own motorcycle mechanics shop, well… I so believe it was (and still is) worth the struggle and sacrifice.
Now, we’ve always talked about closing down the cleaning business after he finished school, we planned to do it by the end of this year. Well, today IS the end of the year and I guess I’m feeling a little sentimental about dissolving the corporation that afforded us all the opportunities we’ve had until now. It has been the source of income, flexible schedule and business experience from the cleaning business that helped to mold us into the entrepreneurs we are today. But, sadly, we will be ‘closing its doors’ this week.
Looking on the bright side, I am so very grateful that closing the business was a choice, a plan that was well thought out. And because of it we are able to focus on our real passions! My business, M.Y.O.B. Consulting (yes that does stand for “mind your own business”) a company that helps entrepreneurs Start Up, Manage & Grow their business. It’s always been my life’s passion to help people realize their dreams. So, being in my position, I am given the great opportunity to stand side by side with my clients and assist them through the day to day operations that will help evolve and grow their businesses. I take great pride in my work and am so proud of the direction our company is moving. I say “our” company because I have three wonderful ladies (a staff bookkeeper, an office admin and most recently a marketing director) and they are all playing a huge part in how the company grows.
And of course, we have so much faith in how God’s going to grow our newest business baby…Vinny’s Motorcycle Garage! We have already received such a great response and hope that business continues to flourish this year. We are already looking at a larger garage to move in to by February!
So, if we have so much to look forward to this year, why am I feeling a turning in my stomach? What am I afraid of? I can think of so many things that I’m fearful of when it comes to our home, our lifestyle, our businesses and our relationships… and I guess I just need to remind myself that God is and has always been in control and has never left my side. As long as we continue to act in a way that is according to His will, we should have no fear? Right? Well, why then do I still feel anxious? I can’t wait to get to the point in my relationship with God that I can just stare fear in the face and say “no more”. I think Peace of Mind has been what I pursue the most in my personal life. I want to know that I’m ok, my family is ok, the relationships I have with friends and clients are all ‘ok’.
I’ve just read the book The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz and despite my disagreement with the ‘Toltec’ belief system, I do feel the Four Agreements are principles that, if we practice and master, can really set us free. Especially the one that tells us Not to take things PERSONALLY. Both good compliments or negative criticism… we should train ourselves to give other people’s opinions no Value in our psych. But this is no easy task! I will re-read this book again over the next few weeks and really study it. In hopes of finding some applicable truths that I can practice in my daily life that will hopefully change my perspective.