Monday, January 12, 2015

Checking Off the Bucket List

The past year has been a year of growth. I've grown emotionally, spiritually and I've grown my business to something that I had only dreamed of in the past. But that's my point here with so many of my blog post. What we dream of; what we think of, if you stick with it, will become a reality. Today, I stunned my accountant with the numbers that I placed on her desk. And with current trends and projected growth, I am becoming more and more proud of what I have going.

Unfortunately, this blog has suffered as the business has grown. I seem to have less and less time to collect my thoughts and produce quality content. I know, this is my blog and I can do anything I want with it. Well, I want to produce quality content. I want to help people through the blog, much the same as I do in the world every day. Be it regular readers, casual visitors or the random stranger stopping by, if you are going to spend your valuable time reading what I have to write, then I feel that it is worth my time to write something worth reading.

Life is an adventure. And as hard as I work, I enjoy getting away from the work too. I am working on some ideas for future post. But, they are all going to have to wait a couple of weeks as it seems that another enchanted adventure has called my name and I must answer it. And this one's been on my bucket list for a long while. I can't believe that I've manifested it into a reality.

I'll catch up with everyone in a couple of weeks!
Bye for now.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I Slit My Wrist !

This past Christmas day, I slit my wrist.
Old cabinets with No Shelves inside.

It's true. Ed was 30 minutes away watching his dad for three days. There was no business for me to do because cemeteries are closed on holidays. I was home alone. With only my trusty dog Pugsley to keep me company and he sleeps most of the day in his old age. I was bored and decided to go into the bath/laundry room. Looking at the cabinets hanging on the wall above the washer and dryer, that served almost no purpose at all, I decided that I had had enough. I got out a screw driver, hammer and pry bar and started ripping the cabinets apart. When I came to a three inch long screw that broke off in the wall, holding a brace to the drywall, the pry bar became my best friend and worst enemy. With a quick push at one end, the screw came loose, the board went flying and the sharp edge of the pry bar found a vein in my left wrist. Before I even knew that the screw came out, the blood was dripping on top of my new washing machine. A steady stream started flowing and left a trail across the wood floor to the white bath tub nearby. A towel and tight pressure was very quick to follow. Running through my mind was, how do I explain this at the Emergency room? Home alone on a Christmas day and I decided to slit my wrist. Fortunately, the cut was not deep enough to continue bleeding more than a few minutes. I wrapped my wrist tightly and continued my project.

Sleek New Cabinets!

Lots of Storage Space

I had already purchased the new cabinets from IKEA and went ahead and put them together. I was proud of myself for getting them hung on the wall by myself as well. The cabinet doors had to be ordered and were delivered just today. I am quite proud of yet another project that I accomplished single handed. And most of this one was in fact, single handed.

I must also add that my wrist is healing nicely. Only a slight scar to remember Christmas 2014 by.
(My first bathroom selfie)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Dawn of a New Year

The last few days of 2014 found me driving everywhere around southeast Michigan. Anyone who follows me on facebook has seen only a few of the many places that I have been lately. A recap of the years financial statement has proven 2014 to be my best year ever with the company and I am looking forward to more growth in 2015, without the compromise of quality to the funeral homes that I serve.

While the rest of the world celebrated the end of a year last night and ushered in a new year, I was able to finish up the evening's driving jobs and make it home before the fireworks started, and was able to enjoy some quality time with some close friends.

I've spent the better part of the last year focusing my attention on moving on from the past. Putting the haunting ghost of many things behind me. It was only in the last few days that I realized that by focusing on putting it all behind me, I was in fact, dragging it along into the future.

So today, as the sun rises on a new year, instead of focusing on moving on from the past, I am making the decision to instead, be welcoming of the future. I know it's a minor technicality to some, but I feel that it will be the difference that I need in my life. I will focus my attention on the good things, paying no mind to the evils from my past or any time for that matter.

So I start today, like many, watching the sun rise. It is a reminder for me to always look for the brighter side of life. Each day I am given the chance to do something. It is my choice what I do with all 365 days of 2015.
And I hope that all my readers can find time each day to focus on the things in life that are going right. It can only be a great year, my friend, if we make it a great year. If you are looking for a better year or even a better day, then welcome to the Brighter Side of the Grave.

I want this to be a place where we can all come to share the little things in life that are going right. Not to brag. But to share our thoughts about what makes this world so wonderful to be a part of this year.

It is going to be a great year. I've got lots of wonderful adventures planned and I'm looking forward to sharing them all with you.