When last we met I had started to tell my story. What made me simplify and start down this path? It was a long read so I broke it into two parts. Part 2 is definitely the more exciting part, and begins now!
Table of Contents
- 2019, the Year of Overwhelm
- 2020, An Excellent Time to Simplify
- 2021, Here We Go
- Penny Wallace Design Creatives
2019, the Year of Overwhelm
My 53rd birthday came and went and, once again, I found myself in flux. I was in a direct sales business, but not whole-heartily. I changed to a new company and I struggled with it. Loved the product but it didn’t click. I had trouble with the selling part. Well now, when your in business, you have to sell to make money.
That February I cheered on some amazing ladies I know who did the Disney Princess Half Marathon. As happy as I was for them, I found myself blue most of the day.
To be completely honest, I was angry and disappointed in myself. I had allowed three years to pass without even trying. Truth be told, I was still scared. I was also glad I wasn’t in that big ole crowd. Man oh man! There were a LOT of people there! I don’t do well in large crowds anymore.
Overwhelm became my “new normal.”
Life had become overwhelming. I mean seriously, at that point if it could go wrong or be totally messed up, it pretty much did. I know, I know, you can manifest the positive AND the not so positive.
There I was manifesting a lot of the not so positive without even realizing it. I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop. That’s a bad habit from childhood. I had been waiting for that shoe for years. Mindset you know. I was over it. It was time to give all that mojo back to the universe. I wanted a do-over and a new attitude. Wait, am I the only one that hears Patti LaBell singing right now?
2020, An Excellent Time to Simplify
One word: P A N D E M I C
I had a lot of time to ponder my future in 2020. I mean, the world shut down, life as we knew it came to a screeching halt, and as a single gal, I became an island. I didn’t see anyone outside my very small work circle for quite a while. As an introvert, that was a beautiful thing! But, it really wasn’t. It was a great excuse to tuck up inside and hide. When you do that, you end up with time to think. Sometimes that works against you and sometimes it works for you. What did I want to DO when I grew up?
So, one night I did what I do best…I made a list. A few lists. In the end all those pieces of paper came down to:
- I wanted to have my own business.
- I wanted to be self sufficient.
- I was weary of depending on others for income.
- I didn’t want to be terrified that I wasn’t going to get a paycheck the next time a pandemic hit.
Because yes, I was absolutely terrified every single day we were closed to the public at work and for many months after. Perhaps I still am nearly a year later. II couldn’t wrap my head around how any business would be able to recover from having to close for a prolonged period of time. A year later, many haven’t and it’s heartbreaking. When you have zero control and you must depend on the kindness of strangers, and folks you know, it’s scary.
One day I mentioned in my Mastermind/Accountability Group that I’d listened to “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. Everyone I knew raved about that books I finally listened. Well, I had to confess…I didn’t get it. I couldn’t relate to her at all. She appeared too good to be true. I was single, in my 50’s, never had children, and everything she said was foreign to me. It was not a good book choice for me.
Someone in the group said, “That’s your thing. You’re the Anti-Rachel.” We laughed, but the words stuck with me. What could I offer to people like me? Do people like me exist? How could I find them? How could I become the anti-Rachel and what the heck did that mean?
2021, Here We Go
And, here we are. Welcome to my blog. I share real-life stuff. I’m navigating the no kids, what’s the next part going to look like. Many of my friends are too. I have friends who either have no kids or they’ve moved out and they are finding a slightly different path than they had before. Life is different for them than it was ten, twenty years ago. It is for all of us. Sometimes we have adventures. We always have great conversation, food, and tasty beverages. I love my tribe, they keep me grounded and are the most wonderful unconditional friends ever.
I’m a small business owner, an entrepreneur if you will. An honest to God, real-life entrepreneur with hopes, dreams, and fears. I am President, CEO, Marketing Manager, Personnel Director, Accountant, and all the rest. It’s real, and I think I like it.
Penny Wallace Design Creatives
I’m a small business owner without a lot of time. I have a day job that leaves me about 20 hours a week to work my business. It ain’t easy!
There are people like me out there who want their own thing and can’t do it full time…and that’s ok!
I know I’m not alone. There are a lot of us out there. working a full time job, raising kids full time, or managing a household full time.
I want to help other gals like me simplify their lives and manage their businesses in a way so they have time to do ALL the things and live a full life. That’s the goal behind Penny Wallace Design Creatives.
I provide simplified solutions and tools to help busy women organize their personal and business lives while saving time and money.
I’m pretty sure I’m one of a gazillion people who have had to simplify for one reason or another. That’s one thing I’ve learned to do pretty well. I will share my tricks of the trade, things that have worked for me (and haven’t) and just maybe offer something positive back to the universe.
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Until we meet again,