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Mixed Emotions

Kinder Soaps is experiencing growing pains. There’s no other way I can think of to describe what things are like at the moment.

On some days I feel invincible, and that nothing will get in the way of our reaching more people and helping them with their skin issues. There are tonnes of parcels to ship, orders to fulfill, and help on hand.

On others, I’m plagued with doubts:

How can I be so sure that I can make rent and cover staffing costs?

What if I never find the right person to be a reliable helper for the shop?

Are my products flawed?

What if I run out of cash???

Sometimes there are so many emails in here that I can’t bring myself to look at them anymore (shameful, but it’s true 🙁 ).

The list goes on. I feel like things are going at break-neck speed and I’m doing all I can to catch up–and not being able to cover all my bases along the way, with regards to slowly thinking things through and preparing for contingencies. For instance, I just found out that the cost of putting up the shop’s roller shutters will increase significantly because of

  1. the possible change in material to match the requirements from Jaya 33 on all shoplots, and
  2. having to install the shutters at night (after work hours), which entails additional labour charges.

All this mental chatter, while in the background I hear my kids wailing away for some much needed attention–which I sometimes cannot afford. And that’s the worst part of all this busy-ness.

Perhaps it’s just my hormones acting up on me on occasion. Or the lack of sleep. Or missing my other half who sometimes works late as well.

Having placated my logical self with those thoughts, I take a breather of some sort, and pull myself together to carry on.

I may still be tired, but I carry on. I may still be doubtful, but I carry on.

I’m only human, but I try my best to make good choices.

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Our Hole In The Wall

We’ve put down our initial deposit for the 10’x9′ space at Jaya 33, and I pretty much know exactly how I’d like to kit out the space. It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable process–first coming up with concepts, bouncing ideas off my hubby (who has a much better design sense than I do!), then poring through this year’s IKEA catalogue page by page, over and over again to pick out the furniture (it’s cheaper than doing built-ins because of the tiny space)–and finally waddling through IKEA’s aisles sheepishly asking their staff to help me lug the bulkier and heavier items onto my shopping cart.

I suddenly remembered one of my Project Management assignments at uni, where we were given a case study of the planned opening of a new Marks & Spencer store somewhere in the UK. If I remember correctly we had to plan for the various possible scenarios and events that could happen while executing the project, and prepare a project schedule/timeline. What I do know for sure is that I didn’t do very well for this module. :”)

Now here I am, 11 years after completing that module, planning for the opening of my own little store. Good to know that I’m still doing something that is related to what I learned academically in the past!

And this time I hope I fare better in managing this project in real life, compared to when I was being assessed in an exam…