Lemons to Lemonade
For years I spent my work days in high stress, high profile postions. I'm a great multi tasker though.
If I wasn't managing all that comes with million dollar accounts, staff, product production, customer complaints and a very demanding boss, there was also lunches and dinners to be made, dogs to be walked, homework to help with and a house to run. Every working mother knows how this all feels. The guilt that comes with always thinking you don't put enough time into work because of your family obligations and the guilt of thinking you don't put enough time into your family because of your career obligations. Always torn one way or the other. Do we ever go to the gym or to a movie with a girlfriend without feeling like we need to be somewhere else taking care of someone elses needs?
We put this onto ourselves, yet there seems to be no way around it. Or is there?
Once I found myself out of a job, due to no fault of my own, I was left with the feeling of "what now?" First came the shock, then the anger at having been laid off over others, when I had put so much into it and had sacrificed so much. Then there was the feeling of sadness then the calm. I kept thinking, is this the calm before the storm?
I won't go into the details of how I became to start helping others with cleaning their homes, it clearly says "discreet" on the home page of this website. However, the storm did not seem to come.
A feeling of self gratification on being able to help others with what they were struggling with was amazing. Working women would come home and see the cleanliness of their home and be happy and grateful that I was able to do for them what they couldn't seem to get done. They were all so grateful. More grateful then anyone in my professional world when I closed a huge deal that would generate thousands or millions to the company. How is that possible? As crazy as it sounds, it was one of those moments that I knew, I would not be going back to that kind of job again. I won't try to kid myself or anybody else that it was a life changing moment, but it made me realize that I could take what I already liked to do and turn it into a business. I have always stressed out about unexpected visitors to our home and what they would think if they actually knew our dogs shed hair on the floor or the kids sometimes leave globs of toothpaste in the sink. The name Best Impressions was born from some of my obsessive thoughts on the cleanliness of our home.
There you have it folks, I DO LIKE TO CLEAN!!!!
This may seem forgeign to some people especially my own family as I frequently complain about "cleaning up" after them. There is a difference between cleaning up after them and helping others with their tasks. Any mom can attest to this.
At any rate, I have taken the step of turning lemons into lemonade, so to speak. They say nothing ventured nothing gained right?