Friday, November 22, 2013

Season of life



One of my favorite things about having a blog is being able to see my progression through life.  I've touched on this before, but I appreciate being able to see the years I yearned for community, and the years after I found one.

Speaking to that, Jordan and I are in a new season of life right now:  my husband has been trying to start his own business.  Starting a business has been a desire of Jordan's for a long time, practically since we were teenagers.  He's been taking steps to start a business for many months, but things started to crystallize this summer.

Jordan's business - Third Coast Bike Works - centers around cargo bikes & bike parts.  He has connections with several bike shops in Milwaukee, and he might be able to get some of his products in stores within the next few weeks.  In the meantime, he has been working at his regular, 9-to-5 job as well, as a product designer.  Additionally, he has been doing freelance design work for a motorcycle company in Milwaukee.  Ideally, Jordan would be able to leave his 9-to-5 job, continue to design motorcycle parts, and take the extra time to get his business off the ground.  It is our hope and prayer this can happen in the next month or two.

However, in the meantime, this means Jordan is working three jobs.  It's tough on him, and consequently, on me.  Time spent together has been reduced significantly.  As an extrovert, I find myself seeking out friends, as he is busy in the basement several nights a week.  House projects have been put on hold.  He's often stressed, which makes it hard for me to be supportive.

There isn't much we can do about it right now.  Yet, we know it's just a season.  We will press on, in prayer and in life, knowing this time will come to an end.  And even through the stress and gritted teeth, we know this is growing us.  Jordan is stepping out in faith, and learning how to manage his time and talents.  I'm learning how to be quietly supportive.  These are lessons that will help us later on in life, as tough as they may be right now.

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Also, this is my 600th post!
I find it special, in an odd way, that a post partially about what my blog means to me falls on a notable number.  :)

3 comments:

  1. How exciting for Jordan--and good for you for being so supportive. Trev has a bit of an entrepreneurial bug as well, but I'm just not a risk taker! I don't mean to be a dream squasher, I just get nervous.

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  2. That's a very exciting, huge project for him! But I can just imagine that this kind of insanely-busy schedule is tough on the both of you! I also love my blog for being able to look back and pinpoint different times when I was feeling different ways--you've been at it much longer than I have, though!

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  3. That is super exciting for you guys! I know at times it is hard to figure out how to be supportive, but I really believe it is the little things that help. When my hubby is super busy at work, I try to take care of the little things for him and when he finally does have a free moment, to plan something for us to do so he doesn't even have to think about it.

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