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Jun 29, 2021
It was the holiday season, 2015.
A time for celebration, cheer, and good spirits was, in fact, a particularly low one for me personally and professionally.
My small business (D.R. Wastchak, LLC) was in its 16th year, helping home builders to build energy efficient homes for the EPAs ENERGY STAR for Homes program.
Prior to the “great recession” of 2008-9, business was thriving. I had quite a bit of freedom, both personally and professionally.
With a large team of 27 to do the day-to-day work, I spent most of my time working to improve and grow the business rather than in the nitty gritty of testing, inspections and program administration.
Being tied so closely to the home building industry, D.R. Wastchak was heavily impacted when homebuilding all but stopped in January of 2009.
By then, my team had slimmed down to only 5 and it was “all hands on deck.” This meant two things: I was thrown back into the nitty gritty, and much of the freedom I had enjoyed was now gone.
My business would never be the same. By 2015, after all the struggle and never-ending frustration running the business, I was burned out, tired, and no longer even interested in the work we did.
I felt stuck, but still had a burning desire to make concrete changes to my business. Changes that would wrestle back the personal and professional freedom that once was mine.
Professional freedom to me is not working on the weekends, ending the day at a reasonable time, being able to take a day off when I want, setting my own schedule, and doing the work that I love doing most.
Personal freedom is, among other things, spending as much time as I want with my three daughters.
In 2015, two were in middle school and my oldest had just started high-school. In the blink of an eye, they would all be off to college and time with them would be a precious commodity much harder to come by.
Personal freedom, in particular, means traveling with my daughters within the United States, but also internationally so their world is broadened, they can appreciate other cultures, and together we can experience some of the most amazing places on earth.
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