Taking a risk for a greater harvest

harvest quote

This quote really rings true for me during this particular crossroad in my life, professionally and financially speaking.

I’ve very recently (almost two weeks ago) made the decision (after much discussion with my husband) to leave my previous job that I’ve had for the past 13 years to work at home for the family business.

This is a move that my husband has encouraged me to make for the past few years, but because I had been at my previous place of employment for so long, because I was good at my job and because I was getting a steady paycheck that helped our family financially, I didn’t really see how working for my husband would benefit us much.

Unfortunately, having to make this decision came to be as the result of being screwed over by my old job. Without getting into too many details of what happened, I was informed (via text!) the day before I was to come into work (something that was approved months prior) that they were not expecting me to return and therefore, there wasn’t a place for me in their schedule. More words were exchanged following this and I finally stood up for myself after years of never doing so. Don’t worry, I kept my class and professionalism but I spoke my mind on the situation and it felt very freeing. I highly recommend doing that more often to everyone.

So now there we were, put in the position to come up with a Plan B for my contributing to the family. It wasn’t a hard decision to make, honestly. I guess in the past I had never wanted to leave my job out of fear and uncertainty. Would we still be able to bring in enough money to support our family each month? I don’t know the first thing about the pond, water garden or landscape industry so how will I be of any help? I’d have to learn so much and start completely from scratch before we’d even see any positive feedback or extra income. How would I handle taking orders and direction from my husband, the same man that I butt heads with every other day over one thing or another because let’s face it, I’m always right and he doesn’t like it! There were (and still are) so many more questions and concerns that I have that always made staying at my previous job the easier and safer decision to make. Officially working for my husband feels like a great risk now, but I believe in what Tony Robbins said, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” It’s time for us to think of bigger and better things for ourselves and to reach for new heights. It’s time for change.

Dominic’s business has undoubtedly grown into something that’s become too much for him to handle on his own. He’s already had to reach out and hire other professionals to do things that he no longer has the time or skill for, like bookkeeping, accounting, payroll and human resources. What does that leave me to do? Plenty! My immediate jobs include (but are not limited to): oversee/manage his website, blog post writer and editor, photographer, email marketer, social media marketer/promoter (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest), advertising, inputting client payments, errand running (bank, post office, etc) and more. My long term jobs will include (once I get the hang of things and learn more about the business): answering phone calls, emailing clients, ordering products, scheduling appointments and more. And even further down the road?…running the official So-Cal Ponds store!

Now because I’m very limited in my skills and knowledge to take on this job, it’s very unlikely that we’ll see an immediate difference in income and feedback. This is definitely something that will take time and patience but I have to keep telling myself that what I’m doing today will make tomorrow, next week, next month, next year that much greater. This is the right move for us if we have any hope for the business to reach the next level and beyond. And as parents, sometimes we have to make sacrifices (what am I saying, all the time) to secure a better future for our whole family. Like the quote says, I can’t judge each day by the harvest that we reap but by the seeds that we are planting. And much like the joy of harvesting our fruits and vegetables from our own garden, I can’t wait to watch my hypothetical seeds grow and blossom and to pick the fruits of my new labor. Just the thought makes my mouth water. I know that it will taste that much sweeter.


“Harvest” is the September writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Courteney of The Titled Blog. A few words from Courteney — Hello! I’m Courteney from “The Titled Blog” I live up in Canada (in Abbotsford, British Columbia – just East of Vancouver) with my husband, one year old daughter Lucy, a pug named Minnie and an angry flame point siamese cat named Bigsby. My blog has evolved over the last 7 years from random rants and social commentary to lifestyle and now most recently to being a mom. My daughter was born with a lot of health problems and I often write about the challenges that have come with having a baby that has spent a good chunk of her first year in and out of the hospital and how to deal with those challenges head on. When I’m not blogging, I work as a photographer with my own business (Courteney Rodda Photography) sing in my jazz band “Courteney Rodda and the Other Guys” and most recently I am sewing for an awesome local company making baby moccasins called “Minimoc
You can also find me on Instagram, where I post too many pictures of my daughter, dog and cat.

/// The Mommy Blogger Collective /// Christina, Courteney, Dena, Erica, Erin, Gillian, Katie, Misty, Nicole, and Renée. ///


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  1. Wow what an exciting new adventure for you! I’m sorry to hear that your job screwed you over, I just hate stuff like that. Good for you speaking out and sticking up for yourself!

  2. WOW congrats on taking such a huge step. Good luck with everything, I know you’re doing a great job. Hopefully that income / feedback comes quickly and is all positive!

  3. How exciting! I think it will be a fun change… And at least you don’t have to work with what sounds like buttholes!

    • Haha, “buttholes”. Yup…that’s pretty darn accurate. Everyday since this has happened, I’ve thanked my lucky stars for getting out of that place.

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