A quick "nuts and bolts" re-cap/update ...
Wow, we are opening our 2nd retail location for our business, Dee-O-Gee, tomorrow! I feel so thankful for the opportunity ... so blessed to be able to "make a run" at this location ... and, so tired!
A quick "nuts and bolts" re-cap/update ...
Some of you have been tracking with my plans to start a new company, WO Design. You can read more about the "genesis" of this project on the WO Design B+H+L page. You can also read through a brief snapshot of the purpose and vision of WO Design on wodesign.com, on which I have a brief one page site laid out.
I've made a bit of progress on WO Design recently ... part of which is the video which will lead my Product Funder campaign to raise funds to launch the first product. Read more below for specifics on current progress. And, you can comment below to let me know what you think of this whole idea, if you like :)
Things I'm considering:
Balance with the other Business and Family life:
I hope to have this Product Funder campaign up and launched in the coming weeks (about the same time we will be launching our new Dee-O-Gee in Downtown Bozeman) ... thereby giving time for customers to complete purchase commitments prior to Christmas season.
Thoughts? Let's hear 'em!
Many of you know that I serve heavily around the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) each fall. I recently wrote about the reasons why I serve here. Specific to the GLS, I really love that this conference falls at the intersection of faith & business ... a place the fascinates me and part of the purpose of this website.
For those of you that aren't familiar with the GLS, please take a few moments to watch this recap video. It's a great summary, gives you an idea of the world-class faculty that are involved each year, and it'll get you excited for next year ... I know I already am!
A few weeks ago, I line from a talk I was listening to really caught my attention and resonated with me ...
"Perfection is NOT a pre-requisite for action. You don't need to be perfect to try something ..."
Wow, what a great thought! I know this is certainly true of me. Somehow, I have in me the entrepreneurial 'I can do it on my own' spirit that makes it easy to take action with little pretense of perfection. But, I also am very "Type A", "first child", "OCD" perfectionist. So, who wins ... entrepreneur or perfectionist? Keep reading ...
Many of you have been following along on our plans to open a 2nd location of our retail business in our small town. I love this "stage" of things ... figuring out answers to problems, planning for future "smoothness" of operations, thinking through decisions now that will have effects long into the future. So exciting! We are pretty close to being done with Tenant Improvements ... probably 1 more week to go. The construction process has been pretty smooth up to this point.
As I think about balancing work life with home life ...
Why start a website/blog in the midst of a crazy busy season of life? Primarily because, I feel called to "live a life worth imitating" (as I described in a previous post) and this is one way to do that. Additionally, I have been hearing comments in my world such as, "It is so hard to find time to spend with my family, do my work, and have hobbies" ... and, "How do I accurately represent my faith in my business and NOT alienate my customers and staff?" ... there's been many other similar ones lately.
It all comes down to this ...
It's a good question, right ... why serve? There's plenty of ways to serve ... community (United Way, local Chamber of Commerce, etc), kids (Big Brother/Big Sisters, local schools, Little League coach, etc), our country (Army, Navy, National Guard, etc) ... and, lots of others. Many of you probably already help out with many of these things.
For this post, I am interested in the "why" behind serving. Why give up your family time, your recreational time ... to give it to others that may or may not appreciate what you are doing? The short answer - BECAUSE IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU! The longer answer ...
Mason, about to enjoy a fruit snack!
Sometimes in life, simple is better. For example ... today, I had a pretty big day. We signed the lease on our new space for Dee-O-Gee last Friday and today I got the keys and was able to cover up the windows facing Main St with paper, from the inside. Then, on the outside we also had some nice big vinyl "Dee-O-Gee Coming Soon!!!" installed. I've been working on this "2nd location" project for over a year and today felt like a milestone for me ... big day. I really feel blessed that we are trusted with this business. But, for Mason (our 3 yr old) his focus was a bit different ...
Part of why the B+H+L site exists is discipleship … weird, huh?
I've recently been learning about God's calling on my life to be a disciple … simply put, living a life worth imitating and pointing people to Him. In Philippians chapter 3, a guy named Paul calls the people of the Philippi church to pattern their lives after him. Paul, pretty much the "mack daddy" disciple, gives a clear example of what we are to challenge people to be, with respect to living our lives for Christ.
"Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth."
~ Philippians 3:17-19 NLT
Paul says, "come live like me" and you'll be closer to Christ. Don't follow those others, that choose their appetite, or bragging, or self-centeredness as their idol. Follow me, I will show you how to live like Christ would want us to live.
Wow, those are big words ... big challenge. A big challenge to those that are listening to Paul and a big personal challenge to Paul, to continue to live a life worth imitating. What does that mean for me?
I just finished up at one of our annual industry trade shows for Dee-O-Gee. This one is called SuperZoo, it's in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and it's one of the biggest industry shows for the year. This year, the show was moved to the 3rd week of July. Previously, it was in September and was at an ideal time for holiday season ordering. We have some interesting circumstances around the show this year …
So I've been working on this project lately ... a new/improved way to display dog food prices at Dee-O-Gee. Currently, our approach is this:
My solution, and the reason I am writing this post, which has a very exciting title, don't you think :) ... is this ...
Recently we found out that Petco is going to be setting up shop in our town … gasp!!! Nothing like a little national-chain competition to "sharpen" us a little bit. While I am nervous about the potential loss of sales and customers, I am also optimistic that we'll come through it ok. A few reasons why I am optimistic:
Sometimes the days can seem monotonous and boring, especially with a newborn around. And, extra-especially for my wife Holly. She is home on maternity leave from Dee-O-Gee with our newborn, Bennett (3 weeks old, as of this writing). I am mostly back to work full time ... but, I'm getting there a bit later in the morning and making a few "errand' trips during the day to pick up things for the family or house.
Every day seems like "groundhog day" … Bennett eats, Bennett spits up, Bennett sleeps, Bennett poops … repeat … all day long. During the "Bennett sleeps" part of the cycle, we (i.e. Holly) try to get things done around the house and do some Dee-O-Gee stuff from home. But, that "sleep time" is limited and then the cycle starts over again. All this while Mason (our 3 yr old) is wanting to play and be interacted with. Everything seems to blend together and it all can seem kind of "ordinary". And, I need to give some "cred" to my wife here, she is doing an amazing job even though she sometimes doesn't think so. :)
I recently read the blog post below from this gal whom elegantly clarifies the importance of the "ordinary days" … especially for Dads. She details out how important those "ordinary days" were for her as a kid ~ that fact multiplied in importance when she lost her Dad at a young age. I can't remember who sent this to me or shared it, but I am thankful for it … and, for the author of this post. It's been a really great reminder for me to be present with my family and my kids when I am home, even if the day and tasks seem repetitive and unimportant to me and the 'to-do" list seems to keep growing.
Give it a read, you'll be glad you did: http://fiveintow.com/2013/06/16/ordinary-days/