The Life I Imagine

images (9)All this time I have been living a lie. Yes, I wake up put my pants on one leg at a time, and then I step out into the world pretending to be something that I am not. Living a life that is not truly mine. Well, maybe it is not that much of an exaggeration but it sure does feel like that.

In the daytime, I live the life of a simple tree service woman. I wake up, dress, get my boots on, then I drive into work. I am given my routes for the day then it is off I go, taken care of people lawns and trees. Do not get me wrong it is a great job with a great employer. I mean I do enjoy what I do. In addition, I am great at it. That I know, from all the thank you cards and treats I receive from the clients.

Yes, it is nice being the best working at eh best company.   We are an award winning tree service. For the past fifteen years, according to the Tree Service and Cutting of America, we are number one in the industry. We use innovative techniques, top of the line tools, and ecofriendly material. It is not a bad life.

Even with that being said, what I really love, what I am truly passionate about is what I do at night. My night gig if you will. By day, I am your meager and simple tree cutter and at night, I am Gloria Menudo. The spicy Latin salsa singer and dancer.

Aw, how I love it! It is just so exhilarating. The people, the lights, the energy. It was keeps my blood boiling. The battery to my energizer bunny as it will.

After a long day working, tree cutting and pruning,, as well s trimming.   it just such a stress reliever to put on my sequin dress, step into my high heel stilettos then dance the night away.

At least that what I like to imagine myself doing. What can I say I have a terrific imagination? It so great I almost believed my story. However, I am simple girl that like simple things. One with a family and a home that requires my attention. After I am finished with a day at the job, I normally come home, help my kids with their homework, make dinner then get everyone ready for bed.

I admit it is more boring than the life I live in my head as a Latina salsa dancer and nightclub singer, moonlighting as a tree cutter. Alas, it is not so, I am a meager family person. Compared to the life I imagine it may be, I mean I really does look like that doesn’t it?

I would not change it for all the party dresses and nights of salsa ling in the world. Nothing can take away from the contentment I feel when I know I have done a full honest day’s work, one that I can be proud of. Then I come home to see my loving and caring family. Just ready to embrace me with the smiles and warmth.

It may not be much, but it is mine.

Following in Another’s Footsteps

thS6BZ4LLCSometimes I wonder what I would have done if I did not have to follow the family business. What greatness I may have achieved. I realized that these are some big what ifs and the chances of me ever doing anything other than what I am doing is unheard of. I mean I would never do that to my family, how could I; they all depend on me to keep this business chugging along and within our family. If I had decided to not follow suit and did my own thing, I am sure it would not still be around.

However sometimes I cant help but wonder what if, you know? Like what if I ddint have to run our AC Repair business and I was, I do not I know maybe a shoe Repair people. Well maybe not a shoe repairperson. Maybe a doctor, yes a doctor. Waking up each morning and saving someone’s life. Alternatively, helping cure some radical disease and be awarded the noble peace prize or maybe the person of the year by the entire world.

Who am I kidding I am an AC Repair person. It in my blood, business and HVAC. I live it, I breathe it, and I truly love it. All aspects of it, I enjoy going out on calls. Interacting with the customers, the mechanical side of it, and the business aspects. I love my location and that it has been in my family for years. My father and Uncle started this business when they were young and newly married. Right now, I am operating the business until my cousins become old enough to work here as well.

If I am honest, we are the best in the area. I do mean the best, my father and uncle pride themselves in being efficient, clean, orderly, and fair. Sons of immigrants they know what it is to have nothing. To struggle each day, hoping that that day you will be able to feed your family. Without having, the lights off by the power company or receiving an eviction noticed for the umpteenth time. Yes, in the beginning, there was great struggle but now we are doing great.

I am projecting that in the next three years we will be able to open up two locations and expand our services and business throughout the entire state and not just in our county. Everything seems to be lining up just as I had hope. This year we will open up our second location, then next year another one, and the year after that one more. Then we can see how well everything will do and if we need to expand even further or think about a franchise.

All in all, I cannot imagine doing anything else but what I am doing. I have fantasied, every rarely about quitting the family business and going my own way. Maybe open up a bakery and sell fresh bread and pastries. In some type of retro, hipster type of place. Yes, this has crossed my mind a time or two but I always think about what I would be giving up and whom I would disappoint. In addition, I just cannot do it. Here I am working hard to be the best AC Repair business in the state.

I think I might just do it too, you all watch and see.

Do Not Restrict Yourself: When it comes to home design the sky is the limit

thQZ9T3FHHI love my house, I mean it too. It has so much character and little touches that it definitely is a hundred percent my crib. From the custom light fixtures, to the bold paint choices and wallpaper patterns. Even kitchen has custom-built cabins, a one of a kind hardwood counter tops, and a beautiful rustic looking kitchen island.

What is better than owning your own house? Is doing all of the work yourself. It is a great feeling to look at a wall and remember all the sweat that you put into it. It is one of those things that give you an automatic satisfaction. Something that I do not always feel in other aspects of my life. However, not when it comes to my home remodels. I am getting so good at it that I have been approached to design and construct rooms in my friends and families homes.

One thing about doing all your designs and construction yourself and when people know it I am always approached with questions. Different things from how can I change the feel of a room without a complete remodel. What is the best location for my furniture? How do I change paint colors and what if I like more than one? Are there anything I can do if I am working with a very small budget, emphasis on the very small?

Here are questions that I am constantly asked:

Choose whatever paint floats your boat

I know many people will want you to pick colors that flow and compliments one another blah, blah, blah. Look at nature. It is the most perfect color balanced visual aid we have, no matter what color is paired with what color it all seem to look great, right? I hold this same philosophy with home painting and redecorating. Go with what you love. There that is it. The reason my home design works for me because it is what I want and what I like. The same will hold true for you.

With some many different paint colors and wallpapers design, you will always find something that fits you.

How to work with a small budget

A small budget is never been a problem. Many of the things in my home that has doubled as furniture’s and things were things that I salvage or they were given to me. You just have to have an eye for repurposing. On the other hand, have a friend or something that does.

Take my desk for instance. Yes, the very one I am typing this on. It was once a bamboo curio, you know one of those things that folks put their dishes and things in. Well I was using it as a bookshelf but did not like the way it looked and the space it took up. However, I still like the design and the overall look it has, so I decided to cut it in half and make a desktop for it. Now it is a beautiful custom office desk. That is just plain gorgeous. It is one of my favorited pieces in my house.

Conclusion

When it comes to home decorating and furnishing the only limitation is your imagination. Really, the sky is the limit. If you do something that, you do not as if you can always paint over it or give it away.

Do not put restrictions where there is no need for them.