Monday, October 17, 2011

If the shoe fits ~

Lately, it seems we have been wearing a lot of different shoes.  Trying on all sorts of new adventures, dipping our toes in the waters, and seeing what feels right. We are continuously evolving, open to endless possibilities.  

Being a self-employed duo takes creativity, patience, persistence and lots of guts.  There is no financial safety net or trust fund that gets us through the rocky times.  It's the belief we have in ourselves, each other, and the dreams of what we can accomplish that keeps us going, re-creating ourselves, and working our asses off to remain in control of our own destiny.  

Every day brings a new challenge which forces us to learn new methods, take higher leaps, push the envelope a litter further, and try new strategies.  Some things work, others don't, but the key is not to let the feeling of failure linger for long.  Thick skin has grown, we polish it off, pick ourselves up and try again.

Some nights when the energy is drained, I think it might be easier if I punched a 9-5 time card, collected a steady paycheck and accumulated vacation days.  This thought is fleeting and rare, for the sheer joy of being our own boss, letting our creative juices flow without barriers, and knowing that at the end of every day, we did our very best and hopefully made a positive difference in some way or another, is what motivates us to keep moving along this chosen path ~ whether the shoe fits or not.

[Reverie-Daydream Image]


  1. Dear Mel,
    My husband has his own company and has been self-emplyed for over 30 years. There are up's and downs and, it's not for everybody. You have to be a certain type of person to persevere and go with the flow and take the rough with the smooth but, it is very rewarding as you both know.
    I know that the two of you have the talent to carry on succeeding and the right attitude to take the knocks when they come.
    I wish both of you continued motivation and success. Much love. XXXX

  2. People often forget the downside of working for yourself and/or at home. You can set your own schedule yes, but you are also always somewhat working. There is good and bad to it for sure. I love being home with B, but I feel guilty when I must ask him to let me work...sometimes I think working away from him would be easier. But in the end, challenges and all....I think this is the way for me/us. So we make it work. And you guys make it work extremely well!

  3. The other night my husband and I watched Horible Bosses and after the first 10 minutes my husband stopped the movie and we both said "there is one huge advantage to being self bosses!" And that is huge, probably makes up for the negatives. Many times I thought it would be easier to work a 9-5 but ONLY if everythig was perfect in the workplace.
    I think your shoe fits very well Mel. XO and xo

  4. i told pat the other day that all i wanted was to go into an office, do my work, and come home and not think about it all night with no sleep. he said i would hate that and i agreed.

    i love winging it the way i do. and i love the way you're living right now...well done.

  5. I don't think anyone would employ me now! Be courageous and follow your's the only way....xv

  6. Hi Melissa, I have often thought about getting back into the corporate world (of course, it is doubtful that anyone would hire me now). However, I enjoy my lifestyle now so much more. It won't make me rich but I get to focus on things that I love. I guess that is rich in itself. Your lifestyle is fabulous - and you have had so many rewarding experiences. I think you are on the right path.

  7. Hi Melissa,
    you have put 'being an entrepreneur' into beautiful words, great post!
    hugs, Maureen
    (it's late here, gotta catch up on my sleep xx)

  8. I truly believe that if anyone has the magic to conquer the world, it's you and Sean. I can't wait to see the places you'll go in the future.

  9. Dear Mel the shoe indeed fits. You are making your dreams come true and life is too very short not to. Your difference spreads much further and wider than you realize!


    Art by Karena

  10. I always find glimpses of your family life very interesting. My husband and I are both self-employed (although lately I have been taking the "work" schedule easy). I know exactly how you feel about the necessity of being confident, ingenious, and flat out resourceful. You and Sean have learned so many lessons so far by trying on different shoes-probably more than any person would learn by working for a company that answers all of your questions for you. I love the freedom of working for myself and the thought of a 9 to 5 makes me cringe!

    Wishing some grand opportunistic shoes for you both to fill!



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