A little something fun about my personal life is that my manfriend is a structural engineer. I'm a creative professional. We see the world very differently, and at first this was a massive point of conflict, and then we realized that have an awesome combination. I come up with ideas, and he makes them not fall over.
We spend a lot of our spare time building things together.
For example, here's a shot of The Wheelie Creative meeting room-- it's in progress still (check out the corrugated metal propped in the door frame and wait till you see what that zone turns into!) He does, however, feel very strongly about never building a pallet wall again. They're extremely time consuming. But seriously, how badass does that office look?!
As if that project weren't enough, we work on lots of little, random projects together.
Like tonight after work, for example:
Some days, owning a business is a lot of fun. Today was one of those days.
I usually work Sundays, and today was no different.
I spent the morning with a cup of coffee and my laptop while my manfriend made us a great breakfast. Instead of writing my normal email newsletter, I went through productivity logs from all my employees and rechecked our overhead now that we've upgraded to a bigger office with a lot more expenses. Yuck. We do have the physical capacity to grow now, though, and that's really important. I analyzed which of our services are the most profitable and looked into the why's and why not's of our most and least successful projects. Complacency was never my strong suit, and business is no different.
I'm still dealing with a few residual effects from a brain injury I suffered last year. Nothing major, just little stuff like my cognitive understanding of the passage of time. Recently, one of the neurological pros who is helping with my recovery asked, "How do you relax?"
It's amazing how hard it is to start a new habit to try to blog every day. At the community college where I teach a few design classes, we make an assignment that requires the students to select a goal and blog about their progress every day for 40 days. I now see why they have a slow start and their blogs get better as the semester goes on. Creating new habits and changing old ones is really something that takes mindfulness and self-discipline. My goal with this blog is to keep my lifestyle in check and make sure my business doesn't consume me.
I've been spending an obscene amount of time working, thinking about work, thinking about projects, trying to understand my employees, visualizing the future of Wheelie, and trying to obtain clients in different regions of the country. It consumes my life, and I'm seeking to reclaim balance.
I gotta say, getting back to reality is always a challenge. After slashing and filming some of the best pow turns of my life while I was in Jackson Hole, heading back to the office took a little extra motivation. I rallied through that post-Jackson Hole I-wish-I-lived-in-Jackson feeling and headed to the office to read a week's worth of emails and catch up on all our projects.
When you own a business, Sundays are like a relaxing Friday. You might spend a few hours doing what you want (snowboarding) and most of the day getting shit done (computer time from your bed).
For me, Sundays are by far the most productive day of the week.
Owning a business is a massive amount of work. Here's how I keep it fun by balancing owning Wheelie with my passion for adventure. -Lisa