I guarantee that when my Mom read the last few words of the title her heart started POUNDing. That’s right Mom, FULL disclosure – BOOM!
Just joking. This crazy pants likes to keep at least a few things to herself (unlike the verbal diarrhea that usually happens whenever I open my mouth).
So, in my Online Consulting I find that there are some people I just connect with, people that I would probably be FAST friends with if we lived in the same town (Shelly and Natalie, you know I’m talking to you…). Yet of course, like everything to do with the online world, it can be hard to really know someone short of stalking them on Facebook (Natalie), going through their underwear drawer (Shelly, just joking) and looking through their windows at night when the lights are on (which I do to everyone in my neighbourhood).
I chatted with Tim via email (I was working, he was pretending to) and I said, ‘Hey, if you were to ask me questions about my life, what would they be?’ And this was his list…
- Where did our couch go?
- Who’s chair is that?
- Did you paint that wall again?
- Did you actually say that?
- I can’t believe you said that.
- Why do we have a new table?
- Where are your keys?
- Where is your phone?
- Did you even start dinner?
- Why is there paint on the floor?
- Why are you using a hippo piggybank to hammer a nail in the wall?
- Why do you have paint in your hair?
- Why do you have so many jeans?
- Why won’t you close the door when you go to the bathroom?
- Why are you opening the paint can with a butter knife?
- What’s burning? (the answer to that would be here)
Oooookay, so those weren’t exactly the questions that I had in mind.
And THAT is why I created my own questions for him to ask, so you can learn a little bit more about ME and what makes my twisted lil’ brain turn – other than wine, hand cream and Ryan Reynolds in speedos.
Getting to know you, getting to know all, about you…
(I know you’re humming it…)
Tim: How many couches have you bought in the last 2 1/2 years?
Kylie: I thought we were going to do MY questions?
Tim: Just answer.
Kylie: Hmmm, let me think. Well, the greenish set, the brown sectional, the medium gray sectional, the dark gray sectional. Oh, you thought that was it?
The leather couch, the feather filled couch, the hard n’ stiff (now don’t get excited) couch, the slippy cushion couch, and LASTLY…wait, that’s it. 8. The answer would be 8 – which is an average of 1 every 4 months. Which you would know because you’re a banker – you make it, I spend it (wink wink).
Tim: How many jobs have you had in your life?
Kylie: Okay, seriously, you know the answer to this. 22.
22 jobs of which MOST I was fired from, kindly advise to find another job or I quit BEFORE I could get fired (awkard high five!).
When we drive around town the kids are like, ‘Did you work there Mommy?’ Yup. ‘How about there?‘ Yup. I was not cut out for the traditional ‘work environment’ for a variety of reasons, mostly revolving around my anxiety disorder and need for complete control of my life and time. I’m not really a ‘schedule’ kinda gal.
Oh, and my lack of filter didn’t help.
Tim: How did we meet?
Kylie: Well, you were on a date with my friend (and we all hung out as a group) and I thought you were cute in a, ‘Oh my God, he doesn’t see the trainwreck that is comin’ his way’, kind of cute. So, when my friend decided she wasn’t really into it, I thought I’d move in for the kill. So, I shook my money maker and BOOM we fell in love. 11 years later we’re still married! Lucky bastard.
See those gray hairs on his beard? Those are ALL from me.
Tim: What is your favourite thing to do?
Kylie: Going to the beach. Maybe not in the winter time, but definitely Spring, Summer and Fall. I love hunting for sea glass and heart rocks with my sweetums. Oh and drinking wine, I like drinking wine (makes you wonder what’s in my coffee mug, right?).
I also love driving around. I’ll take the long way home just because I like to drive around, particularly when it’s dark out and people don’t close their blinds and I can see into their homes (as mentioned above). It’s a fetish (one of many).
Tim: How did you get into the E-Design business?
Kylie: Well, I had my blog for several years and ran an almost full-time, local decorating business. I’d also spend hours every day answering questions on my blog and then one day, the light bulb turned on, ‘I should make this part of my business!’ So, it evolved over the first 2-3 years from being INCREDIBLY time-intensive to what it is today – a well-oiled machine!
I spend 6-8 hrs per day working from home, doing something I love. I’ve consulted in Nunavut, Equador, Russia and of course ALL over the US and Canada – who’da thunk it! I’m MADLY in love with my work and intensely grateful everyday. I’ve since shut down my local business almost entirely and focus my efforts on my Online clients.
With my ’22 jobs’ I realized that in order to take control of my life and my anxiety, I needed to do something that I could throw myself into passionately, where I could control my schedule and take time for myself when needed. I’ve experienced HUGE growth within myself as I have figured out my triggers, my needs and how to achieve some balance in my life.
Tim: Is there any part of your job you DON’T like?
Kylie: Well, I don’t like answering the phone. Nope. No way. I also balk at making appointments (it’s that old ‘controlling my own time’ thing), those are really hard for me, which is ANOTHER reason why my Online business works so fantastically well for my little quirks and quarks.
Tim: What do you like BEST about your job?
Kylie: Paint colours. Seriously, my brain is like a freakin’ Rolodex of paint colours (did I just date myself?). I love colours, I love looking at rooms and brainstorming and coming up with colours and ideas to change things around. I’m not into the ‘big design world’ where everything is super trendy, chic and expensive. I’m more into the ‘reality based’ world. I THRIVE in it, it feeds my soul.
I’m more into the ‘reality based ‘world. I thrive in it, it feeds my soul
Tim: If you were given 100,000,000 what would you do with it?
Kylie: A million bucks? Hmmm…
Tim: A hundred million, Kylie, all those zeroes means a hundred million.
Kylie: OH, in that case I’d spend it. Spend it all. Just joking. Well, of course there are a million things I would do, but philanthropically speaking, I’d set up some kind of foundation for the animal rescue groups in the States and Canada for a) free spay/neutering and b) free plane rides for animals going to new homes. I’d also lobby to get larger fine put onto Puppy Mills and a-holes who abuse animals (yes Mom, I can say a-holes with reference to those people). And then I’d spend the rest on couches, Starbucks, wine and a commercial size Cornuts display.
Tim: Have you had to make any sacrifices with owning your own business?
Kylie: I wouldn’t say ‘sacrifices’, I would say it’s more like I’ve had to ‘learn as I go what does and doesn’t work’.
Work/Mom balance: Sure, there are days when I sacrifice hanging with my kids, but then there are days where I don’t work so that we can do something fun. It’s about finding the balance. They know that when I’m in my office, I’m working and since running around dancing in the nude waving light sabers wouldn’t be suitable for Daddy’s office, it shouldn’t be suitable for Mommy’s either (okay, I’m lying, it is suitable and in fact, encouraged).
What I’m trying to say in my awkward way is that the girls have learned to be respectful of me when I am working when they are at home and I’ve learned to step away and take much needed breaks.
Work/Life balance: It took me a few years to realize that I was really, really lonely. Without coworkers or a traditional work environment, it’s easy to just curl up in a ball with a coffee (and Bailey’s) and work work work, without realizing that there needs to be more. In the last year I’ve worked really hard at balancing my time, saying ‘yes’ more often and getting out there to connect with old and new friends. This is both a stretch for my work schedule AND my comfort zone/anxiety, but so far so good! I’m kinda cool to hang around with…or so I’ve been told (wink wink).
Tim: So, is that why you go to Starbucks EVERY day and spend all of our hard earned money?
Kylie: Well, first of all, there are worse habits (like couches). Secondly, let’s get back to that loneliness bit. I spend 6-8 hours a day typing on my computer or talking to myself and Doug and Henry (our hairy sons). While the conversation is quite scintillating and wonderfully one-sided, sometimes I crave a bit of human interaction, even if it is only with the old carpet cleaning guy with a fake tan and absurdly big muscles and the barista who clearly feels bad for me and spells my name wrong.
This is Doug – nuff said
Tim: If you could hang out with one person for one day, who would it be?
Kylie: My Grandpa. Definitely my Grandpa. He was pretty amazing. He also taught me some of my favourite sayings (which my Mom thanks me for not including in this blog post). I also would love a day with my old love Bowser. If you haven’t met Bowser, you should (Pawprints on my Soul).
PS. This post was heavily edited – it was really much needed. Along the lines of ‘no filter’, you have NOOOOO idea the OTHER things that I’d originally included. But with my Mom in mind, I had Tim proofread it and he kindly let me know, that ‘not everyone needs to know you did that’. SEE, I DO have some self control…at least a little bit.
So there it is, my soul on a platter.