It has once again been a long time since I updated my blog, but I suppose that´s just what happens when life is too busy to comprehend.
There have been a lot of things happen since I last wrote here, so I´ll start with a brief general life update.
I sprained my clavical at the Johnson family reunion (Janene´s extended family, and a great time all around) throwing around the nephews. It didn´t show itself until that following monday, and then proceeded to get worse over a few days. Unfortunately, it meant I got very little work done as I couldn´t even sit at the computer. I think I´m fine now, though.
I´ve done some work for Grandpa Ed and Grandma Esther, on their house. This next week I get to go back up and help some more. I enjoy it a lot – it´s physical labor so I´m not stuck in front of my computer, and on top of that I get to spend time with my grandparents, who I rarely get to see – entirely at fault for that is my schedule. Which is not something to harp on ´cause if you know me enough to pick through this site you already know what my schedule is.
Seasonal Essentials has been growing quite nicely. We were accepted into the Warm Beach Lights of Christmas Craft Show, so we´re very excited about that. We also “sponsored” the Life Choices Pregnancy Clinic Annual Conference this last weekend (Sept. 17-19). Janene has volunteered as a counselor at Life Choices for close to 4.5 years now. We provided soap for the welcome kits, and in return we got some amazing advertising and a table at the conference from which to sell product – and we did well. Additionally, our new site is coming along nicely. I have a few more pieces to finish on the technology, if I can pull my head out of my … long enough to get it done. Just too much to balance! 🙂 The new site will feature a lot of new technology, bug fixes, new design, and new products. We´re very excited about it all.
A Higher Standard is also making some good progress, and is a prayer request for you all, too. We´re finishing the business plan (this week, maybe?) Once that´s done we´re going to talk to some investors we have indirect contact with, assuming God grants us a meeting with them. They´re some really big players, so it would be a miracle to get them interested in what we´re doing. I´m really excited about it all, and the possiblities – AHS still holds my attention and a lot of passion.
The ecommerce technology that I´m developing is almost done. There´s a few things left to do, and once it´s done I´ll have an amazing product to sell. Speaking of, if anyone knows anyone who is looking for web work, shoot them my way – or to Fresh Rain Studios (www.freshrainstudios.com), my web company.
I need to purchase a high volume printer, and am really hoping to get into the Xerox Free Color Printer Program once I have the money to get started. Seasonal Essentials has a very hefty printing requirement, as does AHS and FRS. Not to mention some of the stuff that we do on our own. We also need an industrial paper cutter – I used to have access to one when I worked for Digital Possibilities, but that was a while ago. With all the cutting that we have to do (product labels, etc) we really need that.
Oh, and if anyone is looking for an amazing real estate agent, either to buy a home or sell a home, let me know – I am very close with an agent who will bed over backwards to help any of her clients. She´s absolutely amazing, and an old family friend.
I´m still in recovery mode from last week and this past weekend, and just can´t seem to shake that “exhausted” thing that comes with too much stress and work and not enough rest and sleep. Unfortunately, there´s so much to be done in order to release our new site, finish up a contract, do a couple of proposals for new contracts, fix a lot of the technology that´s on this site (which will go into a web package for sale), etc. etc. etc. that I´m not sure when things will slow down. I have decided that I simply cannot take any more on, other than real live paying contracts. Again, if you know of anybody looking for some really sweet technology in a professional design, complete with tech support and help getting up and running, let me know.
That´s it for now. I´ve gotta eat, and then back to work. This week is going way too freakin´ fast, and it´s only Tuesday.