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Saturday, March 30, 2013

New Beginnings

       If its one thing that I have learned over the years, is that life is a constant cycle.  This cycle even includes things like running a socially and environmentally responsible business.  Much to my surprise!  Running Simplicity over the years has never been exactly perpetual, all enduring and/or constant as I would want or like to believe.  It seems life also has a funny way or reminding me of these (often) hard life lessons.  There is no other fitting example this lesson other than being able to see, hold, snuggle up to my new born son.  

       I have always said that running Simplicity has been one of my greatest joys and accomplishments, second only to holding my child for the first time.   Now I can truly continue to say that I was right on about that thought.  

       I sometimes wondered if I would have put aside my business for when I have kids.  As a new parent, I have been told, "you won't have time anymore" and "your time is not your own".   In a way they are right, in another way they are wrong.   I also envisioned the potential day my child would wonder and say "dad, what happened to that business you were running before I was born?"    I would not way to tell him I gave up the business for him, or anything like that.   (It would be a great way to pass on some misplaced guilt!)  I want him to grow up knowing dad continues to find a way to do what he loves, and with a bit of balance; still make time for newest person in my life.  Even more so, I would wish to continue be an example for him that one person can, with persistence, make a difference in this world.  

       When you have a child, your time is certainly no longer you're own.  I have no reason to be selfish with it as it is now shared with someone who well and truly needs me.   I do reject flatly that I won't have time anymore to run Simplicity.  If I believed that then I would have accepted it as truth every time a naysayer said I would not be successful.  Its just a matter now of adapting again, like the way Simplicity does every time it meets a fantastic new client.  

       To sum it up, one of my favourite snarky quotes is "We'll make it fit!"  Similarly for two things are important as my son and Simplicity:  "you make time."     

[Update] Seven months later.  My newborn is now a stunning ten months old!  I remember starting this article when he was two months old.  Upon trying to recall how the last ten months have been, everything else is a blur of lots of laughs, giggles, sleepless nights and worth every moment.  So onward and upward.  It's time for a new cycle for Simplicity and myself!

Now... where were we?

Rolo: Oh hello blog.  Its been what, seven months since I've last seen you?  

Blog: How are things?  

Rolo: Things are quite dandy on my end, if not super crazy.  Thanks for asking!

Blog: What have you been up to Rolo?  I almost feel abandoned.

Rolo: Oh my dear bloggy.  I'm sorry.  Turns out Rolo had a baby, and its amazing how much time had flown by...

Blog: Oh no way?  That's awesome-sauce!  So, are we going to restart this blogging thingy?

Rolo:  Sigh... yes my dear blog.  So sorry, if not for my dear friend Karen, who I made a pinky promise with to post at least one a week, I'd not be here.  

Blog:  So whats up?  What's going on with this blog?

Rolo: Well first off, we'll be revamping it with a new look and finally streamlining it.  Plus we're relaunching Simplicity!

Blog:  Awesomesauce!  Whats up for 2013?

Rolo: Well we'll be shifting away from entrepreneurial thoughts and more thoughts on the catering industry, handy planning articles, tips and random thoughts.  We'll also be covering more of our events, past events and developing stronger ties to social and environmental responsibility.  I'll also try and update on volunteering and working with Google Ad words.  Plus we'll finally be launching the front end Simplicity website to compliment this blog.  This blog will continue to be the personal touch of what we do, and have the finer front cover of a website.  So look forward to these changes!