In all of the curtain hoopla, I neglected to write about two significant anniversaries in the life of Zoe.
Friday, May 6th, was Zoe's one month anniversary! I can honestly say that the first month FLEW by! It is impossible to quantify how much I learned in that time period (about the business and about myself). Did I come home every day bone tired? Yes. But did I come home happy? Yes again. I love the opportunity to employ so many different skill sets in running the business. And the constant learning! I learn from doing. I learn from my customers. I learn from my vendors. I learn what works and what doesn't work. And I know I'll keep learning.
Saturday, May 7th was the one year anniversary of me leaving my job in the corporate world. The anniversary caused me to spend a lot of time reflecting on the past year. I really don't think I would trade this opportunity for anything. Now, I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss the money I used to make. But I've learned to do a lot more with a lot less. And there is a particular joy in accomplishing that. Everyone who knows me, from Jim to my mother to long time friends, tells me that I am a different person - happier, more creative, mellow. How do you put a price tag on that? I know for a fact my health is much better (mental and physical). And, I've talked about this before, but I have a much closer relationship with God. I've finally started to learn what ceding control and trust are all about.
I'd also be lying if I said I didn't miss the people that I worked with at my job. It's not often one finds oneself working with such smart and talented colleagues. So many of them remain true friends, for which I am very grateful. I love the fact that I can keep them as friends while continually expanding my world of new friends.
I loved my trip to NY last Monday, it was GREAT to have my day off yesterday! Although I am always very busy, it truly recharges me to have that day to sleep in a little and get things done. I did go to Zoe for a couple of hours, mainly to take care of filing the Withholding and Sales/Use Tax for April and to prepare the store for the Knitwear sale. I love my Point of Sale system for things like this. I can set up a range of dates/times and then select the items and apply the appropriate formula. Then, when I ring up the item, it rings up at the proper price without me having to do any special calculations or adjustments. I sold 2 of the sale items today and it worked flawlessly! And I also needed to do a TON of filing! I felt much more at peace with all of that done.