Well today was a big step for me. I just gave my two week notice to my clients!! In 2008 when the economy fell, I went back to work; cleaning homes. It was a flexible job that allowed me to set my own hours and if I had conflicts it was easy to reschedule. I have been cleaning for 7 years. I currently had 9 houses that I maintained. That has gone up and down through the years, but right now I was at my busiest I had ever been. And I was feeling it! I have been suffering with a bad shoulder, all a hazard of the job. Over use. Some sort of tendinitis issue.
For a few months now I have been contemplating what I could do to replace that income and give myself a very needed break from the physical labor. I have some things in the works, and I am also going to work more diligently on my speaking and writing goals. I am a little nervous. It was a big step for me! After I made all my calls, I actually got choked up. Who gets choked up about cleaning? As I was cleaning around a toilet at one of my clients, just hanging up from my last phone call, I actually may have shed a tear or two. (I use a headset with my phone, no I am not touching my phone with potty hands) Part of it comes from the fact that I just really made a huge commitment on moving forward with my other aspirations, the other part of it was I had developed a relationship with these women that I cleaned for. I also took pride in my work, and I knew how much I helped these very busy moms. It was amazing to be a fly on the wall of these homes for all these years. The cleaning lady after awhile is not visible and you get to witness each families dynamics. I worked for amazing ladies. They would strive daily to do the best job they could as moms. They are fantastic women! Summers would always make me reevaluate my job as a mom. As I would be working and witness their children doing their daily jobs and what seemed to me doing a really good job without complaining, I would watch them and be cleaning myself and I would be thinking about my kids who I knew were at home still in their beds at 10 am or later! It would put me into, I am going to fix this mode! I need to be better as a mom! (comparing ourselves to other moms typically isn't the best way to get motivated in the parenting department! But that's a whole other post!) I would go home with a list of to do's and how this is not acceptable blah blah blah blah, and my kids would be oh boy here we go again.
The last 7 years I have worked really hard. Most moms can understand that, you know how much work it is to clean your homes. Now times that by 1 to 2 times a day at least 4 days a week. ITS A LOT! But I have renewed hope in our future! There are fantastic families out there. It has been an honor to work for so many wonderful ladies who truly have their families as their priorities. My hope in the future has definitely been increased!
So now the real test begins.......Change. Direction. Goals. Aspirations. Hopes. Dreams. Am I ready? I sure hope so! Ready or not I just jumped!
"I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be."