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Re: How important is a phone number?

I think most of us need to simplify some areas of our lives, Chris. Realizing that is the first step. Doing something about it is harder, but possible. I fear with so much on your plate and the other issues you're dealing with, you're heading for a tumble. Have you considered seeing a professional? It can really help - even much more so than "real friends or support system".

If Bon Vivant only adds stress to your life without any pluses, you might want to sell down your large inventory and keep it going on a smaller scale. Or even sell it out. It is possible to restart later if that's what you want. Whatever you do, it would help to concentrate on trimming out the superfluous, stop spinning your wheels, take a deep, breath and relax.

Perhaps a new job in another city where you have some old friends or near family might be just the ticket for you. You have built an impressive set of credentials for yourself; consider sending out your dossier; see what's available. It does take courage to make such a move and smarts to know whether it's the right thing to do. You have both.

Let us know what's going on. You know we'd all love to help. Geez, if you moved here, we could run a nursery together! If we had one maybe we could get some of the others to visit. On the other hand Fart Wayne isn't really where peolple want to end up.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2007 1:49 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] How important is a phone number?

When I went into business I gave myself 5 years to make it work. Average
time for a small business to get past the point where stats say they will
fail.... first 5 years. Anyway.... got to the 5 year mark taking any funds
from the business and reinvesting back into making it work... no profits.
At 5 years was only breaking even... turning money over. Gave it one more
year and it worked. Turned a profit. You may have too high
expectations....( I. of course, may have had them too low.)

Hi Gene,

  I'm not sure if I have five years to wait.  :(

Right now I kind of feel like I'm at a crossroads. My job is in turmoil,
  a relationship that was going wonderfully ended suddenly because of
  unresolved emotional issues from her previous marriage, and I've had
  the recent realization that I have no real friends or support system
  here in town.

  I've given myself two years to work out the employment issues, get the
  house ready to sell just in case, and liquidate the nursery.  That was
  part of the impetus to moving hort.net to outside servers as well; I
  can save money for reinvestment into the house while facilitating
  a future move.

  Who knows.  Maybe things will get better and I'll want to stay here.
  But right now there are so many things in my life that can be changed
  by taking another path, so I need to consider it and prepare.

  And, at the very least, I need to heed Thoreau when looking at my
  life and 'Simplify, simplify, simplify.'


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