Monday, April 12, 2010

Success might actually kill me

People! I am speaking, so to speak, to the 2 people who might actually not have given up on my blog. My poor, sad, neglected little blog. Is it any wonder I don't want children?

Things are a little bit insane in these parts. Delicious Landscapes (the company I formed in November with one of my fellow graduates of the Ball State Landscape Arch program) has taken off this spring, and is suddenly extremely busy. And it is hard to manage all this work.

I feel like I am wearing a million hats:
  • client handler
  • landscape designer
  • foreman
  • plant buyer
  • accountant
  • quality control engineer
  • advertiser
  • landscape cheerleader/tyrant
...and none of the hats fit exactly right.

I never wanted to do design/build, so it comes as some surprise that I am doing just that. I question this field daily, because it is our first year, and the work is so hard, hours so long, learning curve so steep, partnership so tricky.

But we're getting through. It's simply exhausting, and being a business owner I feel as though I never have any time off. So far, my bank account is not reflecting the hours I work, and that in and of itself is deeply frustrating. But perseverance is key in these things, of course I know that. I just seem to forget when it's 10PM on Saturday and all my friends are out and I am trying to finish a bid for a client that was supposed to be done Friday. Sigh.

I'm not complaining, either. I'm grateful for the work, for the challenge, for all of it. I have a wonderful life and it is important to me to remind myself of this at each and every turn.

This is a strange time, where I am contemplating graduate school (I know, I know...) in California, because my heart still wants to work in international development, and I can't seem to shake the urge no matter how hard I try.

Meanwhile, I am trying to determine whether the answer to this analogy:

my personality is to my current life as:

a cork is to a bottle


a fish is to a bicycle

Chip and I are taking a "month off". What this means is that I am not living in our shared house, and we are not communicating. This is not out of contempt, but rather out of a mutual desire to figure things out and decide if this is where we both want to be, together.

I cannot accurately describe the stress of trying to run a business without the comfort and convenience of our home office at my disposal. It is, in fact, a logistical nightmare, and I can't begin to tell you how much I look forward to moving back into the house next week.

This has been one looooooooong few weeks.

So there, consider yourself updated. One can only hope that my next post is more on the waxing poetic side of things, florid and fruity.

Otherwise, I just want you all to know how much I love you, and life, and all its assorted trials and tribulations. Quite a ride, babies, quite a ride we're on.


Anonymous said...

I continue to look for your very rare blog. This one was full of news and information, just as I like it. We may have to have a private conversation soon to cover some of your information.

Anonymous said...

That comment appears as anonymouse.
Actually, it was me, your dear old DOG

amy said...

I am in agreement with DOG - am glad you posted a new blog and glad to know what is happening in your life although it does sound quite stressful at the moment. Wishing you some peace.

Michelle's Marvelous Munchies said...

I'm so glad to hear that your business is doing well! Have you thought about hiring an accountant- even though you don't have much money to pay for might be a good investment?? the accounting hat would in noo way fit me. so i guess for me it'd be a GREAT investment. I'm glad you are working with a partner it will be helpful to take part of the weight off your shoulders! wow shocked about you and c- i hope everything turns out ok and things are figured out for you both! Miss you frances!

Nancy Adams said...

Frances, the first 3-4 years of a new business are VERY stressful and difficult. It does get easier as the company grows and you have the luxury of off-loading the least desirable tasks (as you can tell, for Michelle that will be accounting). But even after 3-4 years, keeping up with new laws and regulations is awesomely hard. For this, I suggest that you join a lobbying group for landscape architects that keeps you updated on what you need to know and what is coming up in each of the legislative bodies.