First step: Register our new business with the state – Check. Second step: Print the guy some business cards – Check. Third step: Start smilin’ and dialing, and drumming up new business – Check, check and triple check! Perhaps I am the most proud of Jeremy’s motivation and charisma in making our new business venture succeed. He has been tireless in his pursuit of opportunities in the field of architecture, and it’s paying off.
So how do I fit in to the scheme of things? I am
The Chief Everything Officer
As it turns out, I now do everything that is NOT architecture! I am the bookkeeper, the proof reader and the secretary. I am in charge of the maintenance department (think about it…we work out of our home!) I run the cafeteria. I am the IT department. When something won’t print or his computer gets hosed, I hear him yell, “Lyyyyyynnnnnnnnn,” and I come running. Make no mistake…What I know about architecture, or about setting up and running a business you could fit in a thimble! But I’m nothing if not tenacious. Before I retired from teaching, I used to tell my students that if they didn’t learn something new every day, they might as well have stayed in bed. Wow! Has that ever turned out to be the truth. Every single day I am challenged to figure out how to do something new! But that’s been the scary, heart pounding and invigorating fun of this second act career – to not be afraid to try new things, learn new skills, and pursue new interests.
Have you been letting the things you don’t know stop you from taking your Encore Voyage? I’d love to hear your experiences!