I don't frequent ATS as much as I used to pre-2012. I never really believed in the Mayan end date but it was always entertaining to see how people
handled the date and the events surrounding it.
Anyway, I'm here to share my experience with you people which I've been going through and I think could be beneficial for perhaps some of you to hear.
I'm going to leave specific business details out of the story because they aren't the reason I'm writing.
In 2009, after 9 years of 9-5 work days, I decided to take a risk and I began a venture into the world of entrepreneurship. The wife and I decided
it was time to utilize our fine tuned skills and started a small business that wasn't my specialty, but hers. We did so jointly and with equal
enthusiasm we dove in head first into our business efforts, and it grew, then fell, we got back up and fought our way to the top again, eventually
opening up a store on a popular avenue here in Houston. We acquired some real nice clients, made a name for ourselves, made some good money, and got
a sense of success that we always wished for. The only down side, as we both knew would happen, was the stress, the long hours, and the sacrifice
we'd put our 3 children through.
It is our personal belief that children shouldn't be put in other people's care (not passing judgement on people who do, we just really love our girls
near us, always), so they would spend a lot of time in the family business, bored. Sometimes, we couldn't spend as much time as we wanted with them,
and after long long hours at work, we'd all get home to our family dog at 7pm or sometimes even 9pm if we had to stop by the grocery store on the way
home. It really took a toll but we were making money and had a comfortable living so we guessed it was ok. However, the stress always ran high, my
blood pressure went up, and in the middle of all of this, the wife and I decided to have another baby, so "we" became pregnant
Things started going sour when, by luck, good or bad, business started to decrease, some of our good clients just didn't need our service as much, or
went out of business for other reasons. Revenue decreased, money went south, and in a few short months we had to close. We rented a moving truck,
moved everything out of our location and into storage, some equipment into our garage. Bills and fees piled up to the ceiling, my wife was 8 months
pregnant. I didn't know what to do, so I did a little soul searching and decided I'd follow my heart and after talking it over with my wife, we
decided I'd pursue my life long dream of working from home.
5 months into it, I'm broke, we make enough money to pay the bills and food but little else, but I gotta tell you, we've never been happier. These
days, I take the girls to school then come back home to my wife and new baby. She doesn't work and we live a fairly stress free life. Sure we don't
have the extra income we had before, but I've come to reaffirm that there is far more to life than money. I'm chasing a dream now and am trying to
feed my family with my work from home, my 2 month old baby gets all the attention she needs from both mom and dad, my kids come home at 3pm to a house
and a home cooked meal, not a one room boring business and a happy meal. My blood pressure is down, my wife and I don't fight, we have come to love
each other even more here at the house all day.
After 13 years of working in small rooms from 9-5, these days I go outside at 10am, at 1pm, whenever and breath in the world and everything is oddly
perfect. I'm a young guy and I hope things stay on this path from now on and we could feel as we do now, always.
Just thought I'd share. There is much much more to find satisfaction in when you put your real priorities straight, when you put what you most love
close to your heart, be it work, or family.
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