Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Today is Independence day for us.
Last year at his time we thought our world was ending. Maybe that is a bit extreme, especially looking back, but last year I was at work in a kitchen I helped open. I mean hard hats while looking at places to put things.
Anyway, I worked there for 11 years, and at the sister company an additional two years. My husband worked with us for eight years. and a total for the company 19 years. Yes, that's a lot of sweat and tears.
So, on the fourth of 2011, my husband was let go from our supposed secure job. It was a terrible ordeal. I don't know how I did it, but I managed to stay until October before I had enough.
It was the same senario I now see all over. We have been there a long time, we both had good salaries. Rather high for Florida.
I remember that day like yesterday. We were so upset and miserable. I had to leave that day too. We tried to go bike riding, we tried all sorts of things for distraction, but it was useless. What was going to happen We didn't even realize there were absolutely no jobs in our expertise out there. NONE!
To make this very long story short. January 2012, we made a break. We opened our own company, J & H Junk Removal, LLC. and Handyman service. We bought a trailer, and a few cards and signs and we were off.
The good thing, we joined our Chamber of Commerce. The best move we ever made. It brought us confidence, we met so many people, and still are. We started bursting out of our shell. I went from chained to a kitchen for years with people that only pretended to like me, some I actually thought were friends, ha, ha, ha. You can find out who your true friends are when something bad happens. Funny, only two from the whole company are my friends, one had already left and the other got let go Christmas. Neither worked in my department. Nice.
One year later, Joe and I have a wonderful little puppy, almost dog, who makes us very happy. Love you Brutus. We have our own company. We get to go out and socialize. We have a bunch of new friends who I believe are genuine.
Our business is now picking up. We have people to ask questions when we are confused. And Today we took the day off, and are celebrating our Freedom. What seemed to be the worst thing ever a year ago, turned out to be the best. We are happy.
Don't get me wrong, there are times it's a struggle financially, but we are hanging in. Patience, my Joe always says, and with patience and perserverance, we are coming through.
Happy Independence Day Everyone.
And of course the whole termoil of 2011 came and went smoke free. !!!!!!
Lots of hugs