I may just be talking to myself with this one, but I have come to realize as we fix up our little house in preparation of selling it
(although the selling it part is looking a little uncertain right now)
we have spent years adding some kind of new or some kind of more or some kind of something else to this house without a clear plan for how all of these fixings work together.
Throw in a woman who loves a good project and a man who hates to finish one and there is the potential for some real trouble here.
(I am convinced hubs inability to finish things is the perfectionist's trap - if something is actually done he needs it to be perfect, it will never be perfect, so it is better to move on to something else less his work get judged and of course my own part in this little dance is that I continually take on projects that I cannot finish without him - which is a whole hell of a lot of stuff actually - I lift weights, sort of, but can't even hold a curtain rod over my head for more than 30 seconds without getting shakey arms? wth)
Those little unfinished things that I used to walk right on past and never even think about, my head being full of new and more things, well, I'm thinking about them now. They are staring out at me from every corner with red eyes that do not look very friendly actually and calling my name with a deep Tony Soprano accent when I try to sleep.
"Hey Cat, it's me, the carpet in the extra room - the room the cat got trapped in that one summer night and tried to claw her way out - I don't look too good. I'm down here."
"Hey Cat, it's me, that hole in the wall from that time you partied like it was 1999 and instead of fixing me you covered me up with that ugly painting, well the new buyer probably won't want your ugly painting Cat - I'm over here."
"Hey Cat, it's me, the laundry room tiles that were never replaced under the washer and dryer so the old ones are still down here. Does Home Depot still sell those tiles Cat?"
I can see now how our very foundation has been unstable for years with the weight of all this unfinishedness.
It's made our lives top heavy (and not in a good Dolly Parton kind of way either).
It's made us wobbly.
Wobbly people do not make good decisions. Wobbly places do not support us.
This works the same with our businesses.
For those of us who have been doing this a while we may have allowed our business to grow in unintended directions - we may have dropped so many oars into the water they are dragging down the boat - we may have been depending on the temporary fix instead of shoring up our foundation.
Part II the foundation of our business - back to basics (part II may be after the holiday- if so- enjoy the weekend everyone!)