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Did You Miss Me?

May 9, 2018.  That was the last time I posted here Dear Bloggites.  Seven long months of silence.  I am sorry for that.  I was dealing with stuff and things called Life and Life Choices.  It sounds better “stuff and things” because “life and life choices” sounds so beat down and serious!

Let me give you a rundown of what my seven months looked like in a quick eggshell – staring off into the distance 

June 2018 – Business was struggling and I had to make a choice to find a job working for “The Man” again.  Let me tell you it was a rough decision to make because I have had my own business since 2012 and basically did whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted and had to answer to no one.

July 2018 – “The Man” found me and offered me a job working from home (good), decent pay (also good), and mega bonuses (great!).  I was basically doing the same stuff I did when I worked at Mid-Ohio Field Services as a Reginal Manage but in this job I was just an Account Manager and worked the new client for Radius Property Services.  This client was growing like weeds and the company found a need for someone to just manage that account, enter Peggy (Me).

August 2018 – Still worked for “The Man” but I found myself very miserable.  I loved the work, the contractors, and the client, but the people I answered to for my job were in a tug of war over handling me.  The one boss/owner who hired me loved me to death and I could do no wrong.  This was great except his brought-on partner felt threatened.  So anytime she heard praise from him about me, she went out of her way to try and make me look bad, thus causing him to question my ability to do the job.

September 2018 – Still the pawn in the sick tug of war between owners.  I was able to add my sister, 4 of 7 (need clarity on this name read A Daughter’s Journey with Her Dad: The Twist), as a part-time processor because we were so busy with the client I managed.  The micro-managing started with the owners and the work I was doing.  Yeah, if you know me, I do not do micro-managing – I don’t do it and I don’t tolerate it being done to me.

October 2018 – The fast-growing company I managed announced that they were closing their doors.  Not uncommon in the industry of Property Preservation (which is why I hate the industry), so this left my boss at a quandary.  You know how I was able to hire 4 of 7? Yeah, had to let her go and I told her that unless the company I worked for was picked up as a contractor by the new company that bought out my current account, my time was limited as well.

November 2018 – My statement to 4 of 7 came true and I was laid off in the middle of October by “The Man”.  There was not enough work within the company to blend me in plus they were paying a good chunk of money for me AND the threatened boss took the opportunity to get rid of me.  It was all for the good, I was miserable and hated the job.  While I needed to go look for another job, I had money squirreled away to give me a cushion and take my time to find a job.  This decision to take it easy was apparently my body’s queue to make me sick – ALL MONTH LONG!

December 2018 – Hidey-Ho, we are now back to the future – returning from staring off into the distance – I am no longer sick, Thank GOD!  I started a new part-time job yesterday, December 13, 2018.  I will be working as a caregiver for home bound clients trying to stay in their homes during their twilight years.

As many of you know, there are three things near and dear to my heart: the homeless, the elderly, and the ability to build up others on a daily basis.  So, this job will allow me to care for the elderly while still having time to work on my writing, blogging (EGADS – I SAID IT! or wrote it…) and building out my YouTube Channel into something that will allow me to work on the other two things: the homeless and building up others on a daily basis.

Well, that is it for now.  I have another blog post coming out about one of my favorite group of Monkeys in my Tribal Circus right after this one.  Hope you are ready to hear from me more regularly, heck, I hope I am finally ready to communicate more regularly. 🙂 Smooches!!!

~4-Ever, P

Posted in Writer Musings

Slow And Steady…

Hello, Dear Bloggites. 🙂  I am happy to let you know that change is happening, slowly and surely, the change is going to happen.  This change is leading toward reaching some more goals that I set back in 2017 and renewed in 2018.

Change 3 Update: My current business is surviving this lull in the industry and seems to finally have bounced back…continue to find ways to build income from this business – I am glad and sad to say my coworker has found another job due to the reduction in work orders.  I am glad for him and his new journey, but sad, because he has helped me build my business and we have worked together for the past few years.  I know he will have great success in his new journey. 🙂

Change 3 Update: I will find myself on my own again with my son, the dog, and the guinea pig with no roommate for the first time in, geez, years – Because of the new job status for my coworker, it puts me one step closer to being on my own again.  With the drive he has to make each day, and with the steady increase in income, it will allow him to find his own place in a few months. 🙂

As you can see, I just wanted to check in with y’all and let you know what is going on.  It has been a couple of days since I blogged last, but this one puts me back on schedule.  I am excited about the new changes taking place and I hope you will continue with me on this awesome journey! 🙂

What exciting changes are happening in your life?  Share in the comments below.  Look forward to chatting with you. 🙂

~4-Ever, P

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New Beginnings :-)

Oh, what a way to end the year!

Our office closed on Friday, December 7, 2012, effective immediately.

I had sent my skeleton crew to an extended lunch because all of the systems locked up and were not working (a normal day in the life at the office).

I placed a call to our IT team and they said they were aware of the situation and would call me back.

Next thing I know, some strange man walked into the office 45 minutes after the systems froze up.

He tells me he is looking for Peggy Corino. I immediately knew that voice but played along and informed him that I was, in fact, Peggy Corino.  I then asked what I could do to help him.

He introduced himself to me as the owner’s husband and I immediately stated, “You are closing us down!”  He said he had our final checks and we were closed effective immediately. 😦

I was not worried about myself, I knew I was covered; it was my Amazing Team that I was worried about.

The owner’s husband did not even know what they owned in the office (sad, so very sad) and then said he was not going to stick around to let the Team know, he had a flight to catch.

Does that beat all!?  But that is the mentality of the owners of the company, we were never people, just numbers.

This reality broke my heart because I knew the previous owners considered us people and cared for us as their Team Members.

However, after that moment in my life, I have had constant calls and emails and texts from people telling me I should open my own company.

I have the know-how, the connections, and a great reputation within the Preservation world.

After lots of prayer and research, I went ahead and decided to do it and jump right in! 🙂

You are reading the post of Legacy Preservation’s owner! YaY! 🙂

I still have a lot to do but it the company is gauged to officially announce the opening on January 7, 2013 to the Preservation world.

It is going to take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to make it work, but with my business partner and all the support I have, I am sure it will be a success!

So, Dear Bloggites, if you get a moment, please take the time to wish this journey well and stay posted for new blogs as the company moves forward!

~4-Ever, P

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Learning the Balance

Hellooo, Dear Bloggites! 🙂  Sorry I have been out of touch, however, I have been very busy learning the balance. 

I started with a new company in March.  I changed jobs and stepped out into an exciting new adventure.  I love my job…high stress, bring it on; encouraging people to become the best, hells yeah; helping others, always down with that!  My job is Amazing and I am so glad I am in it.

One of the quick things I learned once I started this adventure is having to learn the balance.  I threw myself into this new adventure, and, like all previous adventures, it engulfed my UberGoofy World of P!

I know, it is my choice, and a choice I love making.  However, I started hearing grumbling from my friends and family…”you work too much”…”you never have time anymore”…”when do you stop working”…on and on.  So I had to reassess what I do in my world and stop and see what they were moaning and groaning about…LOL

In my reassessment, I realized I had stop doing all other activities when I first started my job, I always strive to be the best at all I do, and loving my job only fueled the fire to be the best.

Well, I had to learn the balance.  The beautiful dance of balance…fabulous!  One issue I found, because I was so busy, I had nothing going on except work.  So finding that balance was a mote point, at least to me…

I stepped back and started putting the things I had put off since joining the new company BACK into my life, and WOW, it was a big time reassessment!

Two things I know about myself: 1. Idle time is my enemy (I get into WAY TOO much trouble when I have it) and 2. I am a workaholic (is there a WA out there? Workaholics Anonymous…I bet they work in the meetings…).

Now, I think I have found that balance. I still do not have time for a relationship, but I am starting to allow time for dating; I am getting back into the beautiful world of ballroom dancing, something I have not done consistently in years (still a work in progress on this one); I do not log into work immediately after getting home and have limited myself to only four days of logging into the system instead of seven (hellooo, workaholic…don’t judge me); I make it a point to leave the office before the sun goes down most days instead of when it is rising again (where is that WA meeting?); and I have delved myself back into Toastmasters, something I love doing instead of cancelling appearances at meetings like I was doing.

I think I am getting better at learning the balance, and one thing I know for sure, I do love to learn!  So, for now, Dear Bloggites, I shall sign off, and with this new Learning the Balance thing going on, will make it a point (on those days I am not logged into work-WA anyone?) to check back in with you and see how your UberGoofy World is treating you! 🙂 

~4-Ever, P

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Life’s Great Surprises :)

Hello, Dear Bloggites! It has been a while since I blogged and I feel totally out of practice!!! I hope this blog is finding you well as you read through my randomness…a lot has changed since I last posted: I started a new job, met great people, have become very active in Toastmasters, as well as, all my other little endeavors! 🙂

I have met some great people along my journey in my UberGoofy World of P recently.  Some I have become re-acquainted with since high school (long time, right!), some I have grown to know better from my church peeps to my co-workers at the new job (I LOVE my job! :D).

My Great Surprises along the way are just wonders of all things new…new outlook on life, new thought process, new endeavors in my life…so many great and wonderful surprises that I just wanted to stop for a moment and just jot it down to look back on and just remember…

~4-Ever, P