(TL;DR – I’m broke and things haven’t gone as planned but everything will be ok)
It has been frustrating being here so far due to the fact that the space I am leasing wasn’t available when I thought it was going to be and also because the State of Pa licensing department is completely mismanaged and idiotic. So, all of the money I have saved to get the space and my life started, I have had to use to live on and to buy some equipment for said space. I’ve been out of money for quite a while now and I’m living on what I can sell on eBay and local buy/sell apps and sites. I have been using my credit cards which is NOT a good thing but what can you do. It is too difficult to try to do hair without an address, I am not first page on Google and popular on Yelp like I was in Seattle. I am still getting so many new clients inquiring but they are in Seattle! ugh. As soon as I have an address that I can advertise everything will move much more quickly.
October 1st the space will be mine finally. I need to get plumbing for a shampoo sink (and buy a shampoo sink/chair) and do various things in there but alas I have no money to pay people to do work unless I use credit cards which is what will have to happen. Isn’t that what all the great entrepreneurs do? Max out credit cards? I am always open to anyone wanting to volunteer to help! In the future I can pay back!
I have to wait for the state to inspect the shop before I can do any hair legally and I’ve heard they can take months to do it. I also have to pass my state boards (which should have been done long ago but the state and Pearson Vue are ridiculous). I have been studying but I have forgotten so much that I am nervous about it. So, as you can see shit is stressful but I am dealing with it.
This is not forever and everything will be OK but for now, damn!
I went from making a good living to being flat broke within a couple months and it does not feel good. So, this has made me not able to be social or do things but I am remaining optimistic of course! Thankfully I do not have massive rent and utility bills to pay any more.
I would love to have bbq’s and dinner parties and go out for food and see all the bands, hang with old friends and make new friends but I just can’t do that until I have my life squared away. So if I have not reached out this is why and it is not forever. I am hiding in my little hole until I can break out and be a person. I am hoping to make Descendants of Crom 2018 but I know that this won’t be possible unless I whip out the credit cards and I’m really trying to not do that. I hate being responsible but dammit I am good at it!
On a brighter note, the kid got a great job that has benefits and we got Mom a new Dr. and she is feeling much better now! So at least the rest of family is doing well which is more than half the battle. Now I have to wait my turn.
Anyone that knows me knows that I NEVER ask for help, ever.
But, If anyone is feeling generous my PayPal is email@example.com and the Amazon shopping list (that is always growing) for the new biz is here http://a.co/g13gi7X
I refuse to do a GoFundMe because I feel that that should be for serious catastrophes and not me begging due to my lack of planning. In hindsight, I could have saved more money and sold… not given away most of my possessions but it is what it is.
Sorry for the complaining and not presenting a perfect life like most of the internet but I wanted people to know what is up! Life is not perfect and I am not afraid to say so. Just know that I am not depressed or sad. I am positive and I know things will work out. They always do.