It was an ephipany evening for me last night.
At the last election in September 2013, I decided that I couldn’t listen to Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott screeching at each other in campaign mode.
3 years of ‘The War Of The Roses’ – Julia and Tony, the most dysfunctional political family ever, wore me out.
Victor and I turned the TV off.
And instead. Raid the Bathurst Library for DVD’s to watch. And bookstores for books to read. And music stores for CD’s to listen to.
It’s been almost three years of complete bliss.
Last night we watched a 1997 DVD of The Bee Gees. One Night Only. One of my favourite bands.
You should know that when I finished university in the 1960’s, if I had known that being a DooWop girl in a rock band was a career choice, I would have chosen it.
Instead, I started working for George Washington University in Washington DC. And missed out on a lifetime of decadent memories.
We all have regrets.
What fascinated me about this DVD was it was all their hits from 1967 to 1997.
30 years of a body of work.
Songs written for Saturday Night Fever. Grease. Barbara Streisand. And other popular singers. As well as their own mega hits.
To me, it was three hours of pure entertainment. As well as vivid memories of my 30+ years on this Yellow Brick Road. Being a fan.
What struck me is that, although I am a BIG fan, as the years rolled by, I was really only listening to one hit at a time. Or one album at a time.
And because of that, I wasn’t fully aware of how profusely talented they are.
Until last night.
And I think we view our own lives in the same way.
When creating this business – The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies – it was a day to day event.
And still is.
Sometimes those days were very tough. Because ‘Business Is A Tough Gig’! Especially when you’re starting it from a position of being flat broke.
Because of brain clutter, memories fail us.
And I can assure you that living this business day by day, it’s hard to see the collective body of work that my partner – Victor Pleshev, the architect who designed the Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover for his mother to help her with her ironing when she was recovering from a stroke – and I achieved over time.
Because I’m not on the outside looking in.
And without some sort of archive to remind me of what, where and when we accomplished A, B and C, I’m not sure how we gain that perspective.
But I’m sure that if we had that perspective, we would change how we view ourselves.
And that perspective would be a much more positive frame of mind about what we do.
My perspective changes when I realise that after starting with nothing, we have more than 350,000 customers. In 29 countries.
But everything in between starting from nothing. And now. Is a blur.
There’s no 3 hour DVD to remind me of how much we have achieved.
And more importantly . . . how we did it!
As I’m sure it is with your life.
Your thoughts? Email me at the bottom of this post.
~Carol Jones, Ironing Diva❤
PS. This Ironing Diva loves leading a very busy life. But perhaps I should stop to smell the roses more often!
PPS. I am not only an Ironing Diva. But as one friend says, I am ‘The Queen’ when it comes to ironing.
I Am The Purveyor Of The Tantrum Free Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies
Made with love and care in RURAL Australia by men and women who have a disability.
It’s not for everyone.
But it’s definitely for you if you’re fussy about the cover you iron on.
And if you love to support Australian made.
And want to put something back into the community when you make a purchase.
The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover cover has more than 350,000 customers in 29 countries. Because it lives up to its name. It ‘Fitz Like A Glove™’ every time you iron.
And these are the ‘Other Goodies’
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Dark Clouds Over The Holding Pen At The Woolshed
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