Wedgie Down

March 11, 2016 | life | Permalink

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Wedgie Down!

No, not really, I am up, just had coffee and am sitting here wondering why I have such a headache. I woke up at 6:00 with a pounding headache, one that would rival a hangover, yet I didn’t have a drop of alcohol last night. Mae is pissed, I am afraid to leave my phone in her reach for fear that she will call PETA on me because I am neglecting her. But I am feeling like a zombie, already spilt water all over me, and filled the coffee pot with water but never made it so I am hesitant to ride my bike with three dogs at warped speed around the hood. I am not in the mood to get hit by a car today.

So what does anyone do in 2016 when they feel like poopoo….I Googled it! LOL But I did find this old article.

5 Ways To Cope When You Suffer From A Social Hangover by Andy Mort

Holy Mother of Introverts! I am not alone! I am not the freak I think I am. God bless it, that is a relief!

As a highly sensitive introvert I realise I’ve experienced these social hangovers all my life. Until today I hadn’t really thought too much about them.

I suppose I had always assumed that some days are just good and I feel positive; whereas other days are a bit crap and I just feel flat and empty. While this may feel true it is often possible to find explanations, especially if you’re naturally introverted or highly sensitive.

Sensory input and the presence of people can act like alcohol; your body consumes it and your mind is progressively stimulated and moved away from its default state. The longer you are exposed to it (i.e. the more you drink), the longer it will take to recover (the more hungover you get).

When you’re hungover after drinking too much you don’t feel like yourself. You might feel powerless, weak, and internally divided; it’s like your body and mind are punishing you for what you did to them. A social hangover is no different and I’ve realised there are some important things to bear in mind if and when you ever suffer from one:

Even the comments were me. Like this one,  I’ve always had a weird thing about wanting to be the first up and to be in place by the time others get up. I guess this is linked to the need to have stimulation drip fed to me” and someone mentioned restless legs, I always take Calms Forte as soon as I get home from anything extracurricular. 

I have been associating a lot of these feeling lately to alcohol consumption. Although I know alcohol doesn’t help the situation I see now that it is not solely the issue here.  But I see patterns in my life and why I am the way I am…why I prefered to be a cook and not a waitress, why I prefered working in dad’s warehouse rather than the front office. I think spending 12 long years in that warehouse as exasperated my introverted tendencies. And although I am mostly an introvert I am still fairly outgoing and I do enjoy small gatherings of like minded folks, like last nights Who Arted? get together at the shop. But I’ll be damned if I didn’t wake up with a “hangover”. I had a blast! I loved seeing old and new friends. I wasn’t anxious and weirded out by any of it, I kept talking to the last two friends until one of them was literally backing out the door, because she, like me overstimulates easily. But yet I still feel like doody today.

And WHY did I go into retail! LOL In general I really enjoy it and on an average day it is just the right amount of social stimulation. Farmers market days and the last 6 weeks of the year are pretty tough on me and I am wiped out in January, but day to day life at the The Wedge is spectacular and I love it. I could easily have fallen into a reclusive life but I know that is not a healthy lifestyle for me so I feel like I have created a perfect life for myself. First off I have the most awesome extroverted business partner that is more than happy to take the lead when I need to step away. She is getting to know me and is realizing that I have all sorts of sensory issues and knows my triggers and cues. I am grateful for her. Our shop is an extension of our home and I feel very relaxed and comfortable in there. Sometimes I am calmer there than I am at home! Plus I’d say 98% of the people we meet through the shop are fantastic, inspiring, talented, and often a little “crazy” like me. So I am a little less of an oddball than if say I worked in a corporate situation. Yeah right, that will never happen. I think I lasted 6 months at a bank in high school and knew THAT life wasn’t for me.

So, anyways, I like to blog about stuff because often folks reach out to me and tell me how much they can relate. I think knowing you are not alone, and a crazy, freaky oddball is healthy…so I share and share and share…cuz I do like to talk a lot. ;)

xoxo

Melancholy Mood

February 22, 2016 | life, rants | Permalink

Yesterday was a long day for me. Too long. And honestly I am not feeling much better about things today. But today I will get up and get out. I have too or I won’t get better.

I would so rather be angry than melancholy. I am productive with anger. I have energy when I am angry. Melancholy on the other hand is listless, useless wasting of my precious life.

I sit here this morning with tears in my eyes pondering these feelings and working through them. What has spiralled me into this mood, I am pretty sure it was the three beers I had Saturday. Three. Granted they were pints, and incredible tasty craft beers. I ate a hearty meal earlier in the day. I was hydrated. But it was a long day with a lot of stimulation. Another trigger. I have too many triggers which is why it is often best I live in my own little world. But I know I need to be around people because too much isolation is not healthy either. So where is the balance? Life is indeed a dance of balance and moderation.

But three beers? As a woman who had, unfortunately, spent her 15 +  of her formative years as a heavy drinker 3 beers IS moderation. The tables have turned for sure, it is a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it is days like yesterday that make me 150% positive that my moderation and/or abstinence are the reason I am alive today. It is also the reason I am married and have a healthy relationship, it is why I own my own business, it is why I can create art. But mainly it is my life. Your mind and body probably aren’t wired like mine, but I know some of you are so if you ever need to talk rest assured I am here for you.

A curse. It is a curse because if you are not wired the way I am you think that I am being overly dramatic. That it is all in my head. Folks who do not understand like to make you feel that you are no fun, that you cannot be any fun if you do not drink. Granted, there are a lot of situations I avoid, that I once enjoyed, but don’t because the repercussions of binge drinking are not worth it. Casual relaxed atmospheres are more likely to have me drinking in moderation whereas high energy, lots of people has me out of control. Totally out of control and then low for days on end. Triggers. You have got to know your triggers. It just really sucks that I have come to a point in my life where three beers is too much. There is literally a tear in my beer, it is like saying goodbye to an old friend. But I won’t totally say goodbye, I will readjust and try one tasty pint of craft beer or maybe two really light not so crafty beers next time.

I type this because not because I want you to come up with a solution, there is nothing you can say or do for me, it is my baggage and my baggage alone but A. it is very theraputic for me to write. B. because you are probably my friend if you are reading this and I want you to try and understand me.

C. you might know someone else like me. If you do, do not try and overanalyze them. Do not criticize them for their choices. Do not make them feel like they will not be any fun if they do not drink. Do not tell them it is all in their head. Do not tell them that they should change their beverage of choice, or to do such and such drug instead. Do not suggest they have a water between each drink, do not suggest that they eat bread beforehand….oh yeah, I have heard it all. Do not EVER make anyone feel unworthy because they need to be who THEY are and not what you want/need them to be. If you ever do do these things you are not truly their friend, you do not care about them. You are selfish.

Yesterday was a day that only one who suffers from things as I do will understand. I am grateful that my husband gave me the space that I needed. Today as I sit here and type, still with tears in my eyes I know that I have to get up and get out and I will feel much better after some fresh air and exercise with the two terrorists. We are headed to the park to hike. I knew I needed to go yesterday, I wanted too, I said I was going but I ended up back in bed. Today I will make myself go. Bye Bye

Patterns, Excuses and Activewear

February 8, 2016 | exercise, life | Permalink

This morning I am pondering the breaking of patterns and beating excuses. Saying “I always” is really stifling. Today is my day off. I set my alarm for 5:45 so I could go to the Y. But it’s my day off! The bed was warm, the 3 littles were cuddly. So, I say I’ll go when Chris leaves for work. Nope, didn’t do that either. Stayed snuggling.

Here it comes…I ALWAYS go to the Y early so I’ll skip it today since I won’t get there during the time frame I prefer…or I think I prefer. I only really prefer it because I know everyone there. I might not know the people after 8. Then I say, well I need to run errands and only want to leave the house once today but I don’t want to drag all my shower stuff there. So I can’t go because I need to shower first. REALLY Sloane, 95% of the women running errands are in their “activewear” and I bet they didn’t take a shower. And who cares anyways at Michaels and Lowes. It’s not like I am trying on wedding gowns. I am buying screws, jig saw blades, a light switch, a hook and a frame. 

And another one, well, I slept late and you shouldn’t eat before exercising, I’ll get hungry and my blood sugar will crash and blah blah blah. So now I am laughing at my excuse making self as I am exploring Unexpected Philadelphia‘s website, thinking well dorkfish you are just sitting here looking at cool stuff why don’t you eat some damned toast.

And now you see I am blogging…LOL But I am done with my toast. I can finish looking at the website later because it is not going anywhere. I am going to brush my teeth, put a sports bra one and go to the freakin’ YMCA. I will pack a gatorade and banana in case my toast doesn’t hold me while I drive my stinky butt over to Michaels and Lowes.

I am breaking patterns and beating excuses today. Good bye

Humble Pie

February 2, 2016 | life, pets | Permalink

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I was a restless sleeper last night and once when I was up the realization that Chris Solanto​ was right overcame me and I was up for 30 minutes coming to terms with that! LOL I am sorry for being so stubborn all the time Chris, but it is with all good intentions.

The realization that he was correct in the assumption that Sadie would not ride in the cart. Now let me state, I COULD probably have gotten her used to it if it wasn’t for her physical limitations. Sadie Dog has awful arthritis in both legs and at the base of her tail. I think even if I could convince her to lie in the cart she would still be terribly uncomfortable. Listening to her grumble and groan last night in her bed made me think about all this. I love my girl and I just wanted her to join in the fun, but I will not force her and make her suffer.

Soooooooooo now we have the biggest cart Doggyhut makes and an 18 pound hairy weiner  as its only occupant! Hahaha! Chris asked me repeatedly why I needed the largest cart they made. I don’t know, why do I buy 25 pounds of bird seed instead of a manageable 5-10 pound bag. Why did I buy 6000 napkins when opening The Wedge 3 years ago. It is just the way I am. I try and not ask him why he buys the things he buys, ahem, guitars, shoes and jackets. Maybe our obsessive qualities are what attracted us to each other in the first place. We are passionate, intense people who like the biggest, the best and the most of the things we like in life.

As I sit here sipping my smoothie and thinking about whether or not I should sell this one and opt for a smaller one I decided to compare. And I see really, there isn’t THAT much difference in sizes.

Maximum capacity: 90LBS Dimensions inside trailer: 34″x22.5″x26″ /Dimensions folded: 34″x26″X9″ /Weight: 31LBS

Maximum capacity: 85LB /Dimensions inside trailer: 27″x17″x20″ /Dimensions folded: 27.5″x20″X9″ /Weight: 23LB

I bet I could strap my beach chair to the top of that bad boy, throw the wiener in there and go to the beach sometime. Plus now I will focus on getting Fwank comfortable in there. He and Mae could have an adventure to the beach as well. Minus the beach chair since they would just want to run around once we got there. I bet after I ran him around the hood he would settle down quite nicely and be happy to ride in style. I’ll start that later today!

Maybe now that I have eaten my humble pie publically Chris won’t be to hard on me with the I Told You So’s.

Fear of….

January 13, 2016 | life | Permalink

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Oh Lord, didn’t curiosity kill the cat?

Wandering around the house this morning fretting like I am going away for a month and not a long weekend. You all know I over think EVERY SINGLE THING in my life and that may make me seem a little crazy but I actually think it keeps me sane. It helps me get to the root of my issues, and issues are one thing I am not lacking in this life. The one thing I do know is that I have to challenge myself and not have fear get the best of me. I think that is why I like a structured trips with interesting things to entice me to leave the comfort/safety/warmth/routine of my home. I laugh that I have never lived or worked beyond First Colonial Road. I like my little space in the world. I am happy here but I know if I don’t ever step away I will miss the chance of seeing a lot of beautiful, creative, inspiring things. I just can’t step away too far, LOL.

OK here’s the deal there are two things that probably trouble me the most, the loss of control and the disruption in my routines. First off let me state that it is not that I fear Tracy cannot manage the store or that Chris will not be able to care for our pets. They are both perfectly capable individuals. Going to work and taking care of my animals is part of my routine. It is what I do, it is who I am. I love The Wedge, I love being there, I like knowing I have a place to go everyday. And I do not need to tell you how much I love my dogs. I can’t wait to get home every night so I can hug and snuggle with them. They are my Xanax. I miss them when they are not near.

Control. At home I have my truck and or my bike to get around, I am in control of how I get from point A to point B. Out of town I am not. At home I have a closet full of clothing so I can adjust what I have on at anytime depending on the weather…I have gone home from work to change before! At home my meals or planned or I know I like to eat at certain restaurants. I guess routines are a form of control. To some I am frighteningly routine. I get up in the morning within a certain time frame every day. I do the same thing in the same order every day. OK, some days may vary, say if I am going to the Y but a Y day has a routine just like a sleep in day does. I work, I come home and I fiddle around the house, eat, talk with Chris, read and go to bed early. I find so much comfort in routine. Maybe because my mind is always spinning at high speed. The ideas and thoughts never stop coming and when I disrupt the thoughts with what I should be doing, eating etc it overwhelms me. I like order. I never go to the grocery without a list. I plan all my meals in advance. I cannot be bothered with having to think about such things everyday, just a little time once a week and then I am done. I am prepared…to think and dream.

I know curiosity won’t kill this cat. I am not afraid of bad things happening to me, it just the break in routine, the lack of the level of control that I am used to. I know if I gave in to these fears I would only be hurting myself. Luckily we live in an area where a lot of really wonderful things are relatively close by since I prefer short trips. I can get over myself and my weird quirks for a few days to make memories that will continue to inspire me.

In defense of social media

January 7, 2016 | inspiration, life | Permalink

fbFacebook in particular.  I am a big fan of facebook but I totally get why some people are not and I can respect that. But here are my thoughts on Facebook with an example from this morning to elaborate.

First off I heard yesterday “but I don’t CARE what you ate for dinner”. Yep, I get that, but I actually do care about what you ate. I love to see what other folks are eating and cooking. By sharing what you had and a link to the recipe I might have found my new favorite weekday meal. When you check in at a local restaurant and snap a photo of your meal, I might be inspired to go there too. And pets, I know some people who probably could give a hoot about my pets or your pets but I LOVE to see pictures of people’s pets and read about their shenanigans. I find it amusing and entertaining.

I am basically an introverted homebody but I love to travel vicariously with my FB friends. I like to see what is going on around town, maybe a new band is coming and although I might not go to the show I could pick up their CD to enjoy at home. I can see all kinds of stuff going around town, all in one place from art, music, food and farmers markets. Then I can make a decision on what would be the most fun for me to participate.

Facebook also gives you the option to follow, not follow, get notifications or not on all people and pages. I hate political and overly religious posts and sites so I block most of them from my newsfeeds. It doesn’t mean I have to unfriend the person with particular views and stances I just block all the stuff they share. You can have friends and not agree on everything, it is ok, but it doesn’t mean you have to see it either.

I know social media can be a major time suck but I find it relaxing and a good way to unwind rather than watching tv. Sometimes I am just lazy and it is just fun to look through my newsfeed for something interesting to read about. Like this morning. I went to the Y but have been pretty lazy since then before work.  But I saw an article about Alabama Chanin that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and really got my creative juices flowing for the day.

Actually the gal, Deborah Flack aka ChiChi Rose, is a virtual friend. I love how we can have virtual friendships with those we may or may not have ever met. Because sometimes all of “your people” don’t live in your community. How did I “meet” Deborah? Well, we were in DC last year at a The American Made Show and met Martha and Steve of 3 Sisters Design Co.. We knew instantly that they were our kind of people. So of course we became Facebook friends. By seeing their posts I saw that they had a friend in Georgia that made really cool stuff and her husband was an artist too. The name was familiar and I realized that I had bought a piece of Paul Flack‘s art at the Boardwalk art show years ago! I had actually spent quite a bit of time talking with them. So this Deborah is my kind of people also. She shares the best stuff on her newsfeeds. She loves a lot of the same obscure kind of art and craft that I do and is not prevalent in our area. I am grateful to have “met” her, not only is she herself inspiring but she shares tons of other inspiring things on her page.

Like the article I read this morning, which had my mind a wandering. Here is how my thoughts ran away with me this morning….

No, I cannot now or ever afford a $4000 dress but I do really admire the grow to sew process. I think it is awesome that they are creating unique, sustainable, amazing, beautiful work, for real jobs, in a rural area of the country. I think it is genius and I admire that. But then I get uncomfortable because I think they are a bit elitist and it is unrealistic and unobtainable by so many. And then I step away from that notion and realize that it is art. And it is art that is creating jobs and someone can obviously afford it so more power to them for making it work! Who am I to judge. I was judgy yesterday about a local business that I think is an unrealistic business model and cater to the elitists. But why, that’s not fair. I have never read their business plan, I don’t know what is in store for them in the future, they may really make it and maybe one day be active supporting members in our community doing lot of good stuff for others. Who knooooooows what their future is. I need not be so judgy all the time.

In having this judgy discussion with Barbara yesterday we had to admit that some folks may view US as elitists. They may, they DO, judge us for our business decisions. Because we choose one artist over another, that our store looks a certain way and is in a certain geographical location. And I get defensive and blog about it, like in my last post because I want people to know why we do the things we do. Other folks don’t feel the necessity in openly defending themselves like I do and because of that I need to accept the fact they they are doing what THEY have to do to live a fulfilling and hopefully profitable life just like I am!

Ok back to the positive side of the social media, I know this is a crazy post that is seemingly all over the place but I just wanted to illustrate how things I see on line can stimulate my thought processes, expanding and opening my mind. Alright so back to the article on the garments, the excitement, the uncomfortableness and then my solution…because I always have to satisfy myself with a “solution” whether I intend to pursue it or not! Yes, I adore these designs, the concept, the whole process but even though it is unattainable for me to own such a work of wearable art who is to say I can’t make something myself! No I am not in a position to go from grow to sew, hell I don’t even like to sew. BUT I coooould go to a thrift store, find something that may end up in the landfill sooner than later and repurpose it with stitchwork and embellishment. I have the power within me to create a new, sustainable, artful garment of my very own!

On that note, I am off to shower and get to work because I am already going to be really late. I am glad Barbara knows I get wrapped up in stuff early in the morning. Bye Bye

Balancing Act

January 1, 2016 | life | Permalink

balanceBalance has been a New Year pondering for me as long as I can remember. Although different years mean different things to ponder what I need to work on. I am feeling pretty good about balancing exercise, cooking, pet, home and work time…although friendship time is always challenging for me since I am not really people-y inclined after work, but that is another post for another day.

Yesterday and today I have really been focusing on balancing the business. We are gaining a reputation for carrying a lot of local items in our shop. Which is true we do have quite a few local folks in there, 100′s of Virginia vendors, many from around the US and Canada and a few fair trade items.  I think it is a great mix and this is what we strive to maintain. We want to buy responsibly for The Wedge, that is our main focus. That is the BIG Picture.

The details though. Oooooh the details. Life is all in the details isn’t it. So you have the obvious details like paying the rent, marketing expenses, utilities, insurance,  etc. Eventually a living wage for Barbara and I will be in there too. As we venture into year 3 and a new lease we are not there yet (the living wage part that is, we can manage the bills) but we have a better idea of HOW to get there now. We know what is working for us and what is not working for us at this point. A store, in our location is not and will never make it on consignment alone. Not going to happen. Although some folks insist that the 40% of the sale we keep is high it really isn’t when you consider the overhead we have, credit card fees, the gift wrapping and what not. I need to be careful here because I can get very defensive. That being said, as much as we want to support our local artists and crafters we cannot do it to the point of losing the shop. As much as we want to help others we are unfortunately not a charity we are a business and that is the bottom line. In dealing with consignors verses wholesalers we are dealing with folks on a very personal level and feelings can get hurt all around and very easily. Artist think we don’t value their time and effort and I often feel the same way on my end. It goes both ways.

I don’t think a lot of folks understand what goes on behind the scenes. And since I am the kind of gal that likes to tell you how things really are I am going to give you a glimpse of the sort of things we deal with everyday. I think with a little understanding folks will see why there are not many shops doing what we do. I think you will also understand why we want and need to move towards more wholesaling. With wholesaling you get a higher margin although in selling responsibly produced arts, crafts and gifts the margin in MUCH less than selling mass produced Chinese crapola. Let me state though that just because I keep throwing around the term wholesaling doesn’t mean it has to be less local. Several of our local vendors are already wholesaling with us. Buying outright is nice for many reasons  but the main one is the artist, crafter, gift maker gets paid on the spot. Yes you may be receiving a little less but you are not waiting around wondering when and if your product is going to sell. It’s in our court then. No risk for you, just us. Although I should add that the large pieces of original fine art and craft will probably always be on consignment because of the higher price point.

OK, here is a little behind the scenes. The things that kind of hurt my feelings when having to deal with them…

Folks who purchase all their materials retail, because this is your hobby and not your job, but yet want to make X amount of dollars for your time and then x2 on what you paid (retail) for your materials. And some even tack on an extra 40% onto the price above.

Folks who think because of our geographic location enables them to tack on extra to their retail but sell it up the road for less.

The producers who sell directly to the customers for X amount but then expect us to sell it for much more. That makes us look terrible. Like we are gougers. I hate that. If we can get X amount so can YOU. Sell it the same across the board.

Some people like to come in a critique how you have their items displayed. We have had folks pick their stuff up and start rearranging with a store full of people in order to have their work in a “better” place.

Wholesaling with the little guy has it’s downsides too. We are often dealing directly with the artists and producers themselves. Their talents lie in their creations not necessarily booking keeping and customer service. A lot of small batch producers thing that we can make it on 30% margins, shipping can be anywhere from 10-25%, folks can randomly jack up their cost without warning and you find out after it’s been delivered. People have changed the cost to a quantity based price without warning you get charged significantly more for the smaller orders you have always placed. I get it but geez, give us a heads up, let us know what to expect. Then you have orders placed that never come. Emails don’t get checked, orders don’t get sent. People get busy and just blow you the hell off.

I think this might give those of you that wonder why there aren’t more stores like us around, it is a tricky balance. I can see where it is a lot easier and much more profitable to go to the big markets and buy all your stuff mass produced. You can get it all in one place, it is cheap to buy, you can mark it up insanely, and make your customers happy by offering sales often.  But Barbara and I are made of tougher stuff, we relish the challenge of having a little store like ours, we love searching out American made goodness, and working with the locals. I know I sound like I was really fussing but there is always good and bad. And our good peeps are why we do what we do. We love them, they love us, it is why we get up everyday and keep doing what we do.

Here’s to a balanced, profitable, fun and exciting New Year!!

 

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2015 | holiday, life | Permalink

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There is not much I enjoy more than I enjoy the prospect of a NEW YEAR!

 I love the relief from the pressure of the holidays being over. I love the calm that comes in the long slow months of winter. I relish in the peace I can obtain in this time that will  hopefully sustain me until next January. It’s like I am plugging myself into the battery charger for a few months.

A good thing about the busy time that we have just passed is that I often come up with lots of new ideas, I am not sure why my imagination is so sparked when I am pushed to my limits but it just is. I also realize what I value and missed most of the things I had to put aside for a few months. Like making new art, going to the YMCA, riding my bike, walking etc.. So the business of the holidays isn’t necessarily a bad thing and is definitely a time of realizations.

I love a new year because every year gets better and better for me and it is very exciting to think of the new people I will meet, the new things I will learn and adventures I might have. Owning The Creative Wedge has brought so many amazing people into my life and I am building healthy, stronger relationships with new and old friends everyday. I am grateful for all the support I receive from you all , the knowledge you share with me, the ears you lend, and sometimes the shoulder to cry on.

The new year is an exciting time! I wish you all a healthy happy new year filled with love, hope and growth.

Coming to terms

December 10, 2015 | holiday, life, love | Permalink

Computer-grief-arms-outstreched7I realized the other day that I have not done my yearly holiday ranting post. I realized that I have come to terms with the holidays and all the frustration they bring. I realized that they are what I make them and if I am stressed out and worrying about everything and everyone under the sun then I am going to be miserable.

I think the realization started at Thanksgiving. Before Thanksgiving I was stressing. Stressing that it was just a day off for me in the middle of the week that I would have to spend an exorbitant amount of money and spend the entire day cooking. Then my mom stepped up to the plate and offered to cook at her house. It was awesome. Because I was not cooking at my house I was able to go over to see my dad and his family before heading over to mom’s for a delicious and relaxing meal. I felt I was rejuvenated and ready for the holidays at The Wedge.

Barbara and I are working our tails off at The Wedge wrapping, making dips, and keeping the store stocked for our customers. I like the focus it gives me. I like that I am to busy to worry about all the other stuff that used to weigh so heavily on my heart. I realize that although I have little extra time this time of year I can make it work and see everyone I want to see. I have come to terms with the fact that I don’t have a lot of money for gifts. It is not stressing me out this year. I shall give what I can and try and make time to see everyone I want to see because in the end that time spent is better than anything material I can give.

If I could give anything to my loved ones I would want it to be the ability to come to terms with not only the holidays, but life and all that it entails whether it be loss, grief, illness, addictions, depression, their past, the future whatever they are clinging to that is making them sad and/or mad. I was thinking this morning that sometimes I feel really judgy. I know I like to make jokes about it, but really on a lot of instances I am just judgy because I care. I get frustrated that I cannot help or folks aren’t willing or are not ready to help themselves. It is hard to watch people you love suffer. It is hard when you have a naturally big mouth to keep it shut and I guess that is what makes me angry and judgy. I have ended relationships in the past because I cannot handle it. I am a passionate person who, as ornery as I may seem, genuinely wants the best for people. I hate to see people engaging in destructive and unhealthy actions and behaviors. It hurts me. Sometimes it hurts me so bad that I have to walk away to save myself. I feel judgy and sanctimonious or, my favorite that I have been accused of, Holier Than Thou. But I feel like I have earned that right. It’s not like I have never suffered loss, been depressed and suicidal. I have dealt with addictions, destructive behaviors like overeating, under eating, binge drinking, chain smoking. I have been a complete asshole to many, many people in my life. I have done a lot of rotten things. But I do not let these things define me. I have come to terms with it all and have taken a step forward to be a better person. To be a good person. To help not hurt others. I am who I am today, not yesterday. And I aim to be a better person tomorrow. So yeah, I get judgy and mean because I work hard to be healthy and happy and think you should too because I know you have got it in you!

The Poverty Line

November 18, 2015 | life, rants | Permalink

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Pondering “the poverty line” while having my coffee and waiting for ibuprofen to kick in so I can print some towels. Thinking I may be picking a political scab but like I said it is just pondering, not an invitation for political bashing.
Chris and I are below “the poverty line”, well below this line actually but yet we manage pretty good if I say so myself. Although this health insurance issue is stressing me the hell out right now when has it NOT stressed me out? But that is another morning pondering…that usually leads to tears and I am not in the mood for that again. I was just perusing the internet and saw several articles referring to folks who worked their entire life and are now living below the poverty line. I ponder this as a “poor” American sitting in a warm home, drinking hot coffee, on my computer, petting one of her 4 dogs. I actually feel pretty rich. I know I have breakfast in the fridge, a hot shower and clean clothing waiting for me. I feel comforted. I will get in my 13 year old beat up SUV and head to my beautiful shop and go to work in a few hours. I feel grateful.

I was born into a working class family, I know I have to work and work hard to have a “good” life. The whole healthcare subsidy thing kind of throws me for a loop lately. Being raised not only in a working family but a republican family I was taught not to take what I do not need. But I need this subsidy to take care of myself so I can work (oh yeah and it is a law now and I will get fined if I do not have it), it is a bit humbling.  Anyways, I do not have a problem going to work everyday. I know the possibility of retirement for me is only a myth. But I am not complaining. I chose my path. I chose not to go to college and become something that would make me filthy rich. I chose to simply work. I like to work. Plus I like a lot of different jobs so even if I did go to college for something special I would have gotten bored with it and done something else LOL. I’d be stir crazy if I didn’t have someplace to go everyday. Now I am thinking about the $15 minimum wage. Really, $15 an hour to work at Mickey D’s. I might as well shut down my little business and go to work at Walmart because I will be making A LOT more money than I am now….but yet I would probably still be under this poverty line in the government’s eyes. Weird. I don’t get it. I worked 10 years to get to that point working for my dad, I wouldn’t expect I’d get paid that amount first day on the job at WaWa. Ok I am getting off course again. I’d be lying though if I said I wasn’t a little bitter about this insanely huge jump on what is considered a living wage. Sorry I am on a roll now, these folks need this money to feed their kids. But I venture to say they were poor when they had these kids but yet they had MORE.  Yep, I am “poor” and “uneducated” but I managed to make it 44 years without birthing a child I could not afford. Ok, ok I will stop…that is another rant in itself also.

Also in my experience in growing up with a single working mom I have seen feast and famine. I grew up knowing that life changes, it does not always go as planned. Just because you have a great job today does not mean it will last forever. Just because you are engaged in marital bliss does not mean even that will last forever either. Granted, I am totally out of my comfort zone with the debt incurred with the business….but the debt is really just an investment in my future. I am creating a life for myself that will hopefully be wildly successful and financially sustaining. Although I will not become complacent. I am always thinking (and writing down) ideas…if this doesn’t work out how about we try this…and what if we took this and did this with it. My mind never stops thinking of the what if’s and how to’s. These ideas may or may not become into fruition but they are there if I need them.

I am not sure how to end this rant or even where I was going with it…but I have sat here long enough and I need to get up and iron some towels. Because this girls gotta work and I am cool with that! xoxo