I have had a few more sales and I am so appreciative. Thanks all for your wonderful support.
I am still editing and formatting Stile for the hard copy which I hope to have in circulation within 2-3 months.
This weekend was a little hard for me. I had a family member read my book who unexpectedly was a little upset about the content. They thought it was dirty. I had momentary thoughts on throwing in the towel...but you know what? The feedback I received from other people with their encouragements far outweighed that one negative. Then I thought back to my childhood. Growing up had not been easy for me. My parents were strict Salvation Army church goers which meant I was unable to go to movies, listen to music, use scissors on a Sunday, etc, When I turned 16 I moved out of my parents home and moved in with my brother to finish high school. I had been told by my parents throughout my upbringing that I had to go to university in order to achieve anything in life. With this reverberating in my head I enrolled and attended my first year hating every moment. Always asking myself, "Is this what life is about?" I was unhappy, miserable. Not knowing myself at all then I am surprised I got myself out of university...but I did. I searched around for community colleges, not really knowing what I wanted to do with my life. Looking over the course outlines from several colleges I decided I wanted to try accounting. I told my family of my decision over the phone. And it was a phone call I would never forget. My family told me I would never amount to anything. I quietly told them that they wouldn't be hearing from me for a while. Hanging that phone up I lifted my chin and I was even more determined.
I enrolled in the course the next day, counted the days anxiously for the course to start and when I did I absolutely loved it. I excelled. I finished my course and got a job within the week. Stayed there for 2 years then moved to my next job at a high end restaurant doing the accounting and that is where I met my husband. After working there for a year I decided to go back to college to do a Business Management course. I excelled at that too! I knew what I wanted...my own business.
Finishing that course I followed my husband to another restaurant where he was the general manager once again doing the accounting. Both of us worked there and we met another couple who also worked there. One night over drinks we discussed opening a restaurant together.
The dream became a reality as we received approval from a bank for financing. There was just one small hiccup...I was pregnant. My husband and I had decided to try having a baby about a year before but no go. Then when we are on the verge of this monumental step of starting a business I was pregnant! I had my beautiful, wonderful, inspiring daughter 1 month before Magnum & Steins opened.
Magnum & Steins (or Mags as we now affectionately call it) was successful. After 2 years we opened another restaurant that was also successful. Sadly, after 1 year of operations at this new location our business partners wanted to separate from us. My husband and I kept Mags along with 2 completely dilapidated buildings that we had purchased in joint with our business partners. They kept the newest restaurant in exchange.
I could feel excitement building again! I had plans for those buildings. I added the role of "Renovator" to my list of jobs. I applied to the bank for funding to open a hotel and move Mags to these dilapidated buildings. The city gave me a hard time obtaining permits but I kept at it and eventually my dream came through. Mags moved to it's new location 10 years after first opening at the old location. It has now been 13 years in total for Mags operation with 3 of them at the new location. The hotel rooms were a good addition and they are busy. Business was good but I was exhausted.
Last year we hired a general manager, trained her and it gave me some relief.
Taking my daughter to the One Direction brought me back to my young adult years of going to Bon Jovi and wanting to write a book. Given everything that happened for me between the ages of 21-40 I had no time and my book got pushed to the very back burner. With a little more time now that my business was established and we had a fantastic new general manager I decided "Shag it! Now's the time!"
So that little negative hiccup this weekend...I am going to let that inspire me to keep going...
And for anyone out there doubting themselves...just keep going...
New Writer as of 2015