Where has this month gone…holy cow. I can’t believe it’s already Halloween!! So much has happened this month. It was one of those months where you look back on all the opportunities you had and all the wonderful people you met and saw, and you are reminded of how blessed you are.
Ahh where to begin. First, I was able to witness my Aunt complete the Chicago Marathon. I am still in awe of her and all the people who participated. I hate running, so seeing them do it for 26.2 miles was so inspiring!! I know how hard she worked and trained to be able to do it and after seeing it all come together I am reassured that hard work and perseverance can get you wherever you want to go.
We (my husband and I) were home for about 3 days after the race before we left on our honeymoon. We got married in August but decided a delayed honeymoon would be best for us. Plus, we went to Burlington, VT so we wanted to time the Vermont fall leaves just right 😊 We had an amazing time exploring the city and touring wineries and breweries. Although, I have to say the Ben & Jerry’s Factory tour brought out both the kids in us and the Industrial Engineers. 😉 Their processes were so cool! Come Sunday, we really didn’t want our get away to end, but we had to get back to reality.
We got to the airport to find out our flight had been delayed. Delayed flights aren’t the worst thing, but it gets interesting when you have connecting flights. We flew from Burlington, VT to Newark, NJ. We landed with 12 minutes to switch terminals and make our flight to Milwaukee, but we weren’t going to accept defeat just yet. We got a notification that the plane had left as we are running (sprinting rather) through the airport. Defeated (but still surprisingly upbeat and optimistic), we find the nearest United help counter. I know there is a lot of bad publicity with airlines being helpful but let me tell you. The lady at the United counter was friendly, quick and helpful! (Luckily, I understood her accent because Nick couldn’t. Ha!) She got us on standby for a 10pm flight to Chicago that night! Before her, we were on a flight to Milwaukee at 3:10pm Monday afternoon, so we were thrilled that she could help us out and we didn’t have to sleep in an airport. So, by this time it is 8pm and Nick and I are walking to the gate to check in for the Chicago flight. As we’re walking I’m thinking I should probably let my sisters know what is going on, so I shoot them all a text. The oldest sister informs me that we are on stand by for the same flight as my parents. Let me back up and tell you that they had been on a pilgrimage trip to Rome and Fatima with my Uncle and our home church. They were supposed to come home on Saturday, but due to weather their flight had been delayed a day. Not knowing exactly what flight they were rescheduled on, I was pleasantly surprised to see them!! It was such a crazy coincidence. What are the chances that both our flights would get delayed/cancelled and we’d end up on the same one?!?! It was just the thing we all needed to lift our spirits after a long day of traveling 😊
My sister ended up picking us up from the airport at about 1am Monday morning and driving Nick and I to Milwaukee later that day. So sweet! I don’t think treating her to lunch was a big enough thank you!
I was home for about 20 hours, just enough time to unpack and repack to go to Rockford, IL. There, I was able to work with a client to organize her closet and it was an amazing two days!! I was so fortunate to work with her and I learned so much. My week flew by and before I knew it, it was time to drive into Chicago for the She Did it Her Way Summit!! I purchased the ticket to the event back in September, literally the second they went live. Saying I was excited would be an understatement. Amanda Boleyn did an amazing job picking the speakers, arranging all the logistics and bringing together a great group of women. Being a solo-entrepreneur, it can get a little lonely in the aspect that I don’t have a team to bounce ideas off of or chat business strategies. The day and a half Summit taught me so many things, but my main take-aways were:
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, you can purchase the Virtual Summit here. Definitely worth the purchase if you're a new/aspiring business owner!! Not only did I learn this month from the Summit, but also With Grace and Gold’s Profiting from Productivity e-course. This course reminded me to take a step back and look at how far the business has come. It wasn’t until I did that and truly appreciated the hard work I’ve put in that I was able to see how I wanted to move forward and all the ways I can improve. I learned that no matter how much or how far you’ve done, challenge yourself to go farther and do more.
This month the theme for me has been learning and that it is never to late to learn. We all have a purpose and a skill, and it is our duty to share those skills and learn from others! I have had a blast debriefing from the She Did it Her Way Summit and Profiting from Productivity and see all the fantastic ways to make Optimal Organization better. Some exciting changes coming for 2018!!
After a crazy few weeks of travel, it’s been nice to curl up, work from the couch and catch up on some of my TV shows! We don’t have cable, so I rarely watch live TV, but with all the fall premieres, Hulu is my guilty pleasure. Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, The Good Place & The Blacklist, just to name a few! Nick even started me on watching Homeland from the beginning…so good. Some people don’t watch TV or say that it is a waste of time and the best form of procrastination. I say, yes it has the potential to be both of those things, but like all things in life, the key is moderation. I know I enjoy watching my shows and it helps me to destress, therefore I have carved out time to do so!! Do what makes you happy so that you can carry that energy into the other areas of your life 😊
With that, the month has come to an end. I can’t believe how fast this year is going by. Before we know it, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here!! (Not to wish time away, but boy am I excited for the holidays).
Few housekeeping items/announcements (if you’ve stuck through reading until the end!):
Thanks for sticking around and reading until the end.
Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. There she learned how valuable organization can be in being productive. She chose to use this knowledge and help others achieve this productivity and optimization in their homes and small businesses. Read & Enjoy and as always, let us know if you have any questions!