Christmas and Business

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Today, I have felt torn as all business people do this time of year I think. I have so many family and business obligations and now I am not sure what is the best use of my time. I have always said, "God first, family second and business third." I guess it is a good time to remember that.
Right now, I am planning for my business growth next year. As a coach of small business owners, I am always telling them, plan, plan and then plan some more. I suppose it is a case of coach, coach yourself.

The other issue I am facing is technological overload. I am planning to have online products and services and there are things I just don't know about and must learn. The latest was how to use Sound Forge to record a class, then upload it to Audio Acrobat. I had trouble with microphones and editing. Next I need to get an auto responder to send the class out to people who sign up for my newsletter. My poor patient husband tries to help me, and sometimes he just gets frustrated as well. So I just feel overwhelmed.

I guess the good thing is that at this time of year, there are parties and special events that can take our minds off the frustration. Last night we went to the Arizona Inn for dinner. This is an old hacienda type resort built in 1929 by a woman named Isabella Greenway. She was a friend of the Roosevelts and used New Deal workers to build it so she could continue to run her furniture factory. They built the furniture for the resort. It is very beautiful and they had a huge Christmas tree in the library.

We had the special chef's menu with wine pairings. It was totally delicious and very special with the chosen wines. The funniest moment of the evening was when I went into the library while my husband and I were waiting for our third at dinner, and I decided to look into an old book. It fell open to a page where someone had stashed a little baggie of what looked like pot and a half smoked joint. I couldn't believe it! We laughed and laughed. After dinner I went back to the library, and I took it out of the first book and put it into another book on a different shelf. I have no idea how long it had been there or who put it there. I wonder if they will come back looking for it.

I'll just have to keep myself diverted when I get exhausted and keep working and keep prioritizing and I know I'll make it through. I always have.

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