It's been too long. Things are moving along, and the thing I'm looking for most is more people who have some skills they're looking to put to good use.
Maybe this will be someone retired looking to get out for a day or two a week, or a community college student looking to sharpen their skills.
Our electrical service upgrade is scheduled for November 8th, and it's conceivable that we could be at 90% efficiency by the middle of November with a little more support.
In other news, we had a little swap-meet at the shop the other week, it was smaller than I had initially envisioned, but foremost, I'm grateful to have followed through. I neglected to create proper signs, and there's a couple people out there that I'm hoping to make up to for any confusion.
These spring and fall swap-meets are something I can see twenty years down the road. It will be the place people go to buy and sell tools, exchange knowledge, and see new things. More importantly, a place to meet others to collaborate with on big projects, and hopefully take a look back at what inspired us to become who we are, so we can support those who haven't found their inspiration yet.
As for what work is going on in the shop, it's a question I am asked often. My main intention at this point is to pursue a business marketing plan; finding out those who are missing a machine from their operation, and knowing how many people have that same bottle-neck. It's really about finding a way to lead and innovate, instead of copying what's popular in the moment.
As a personal not to those reading through to the end, I'm truly grateful for all the support that has come my way, and the support of those I work closely with. I used to work more behind-the-scenes, and I know there's so much that goes into this shop and what we produce that I don't know how to give proper credit for.
I also notice how clear my mind is, partly because I'm doing what I love, and partly from accepting myself. Today I cracked a paint roller tray while unwrapping it from its protective plastic, and reacted by throwing it to the ground. I'm sure there was a better way to express my frustration and the shame behind it, that people won't like me if I don't give them results as quick as they expect.
It was a good turning point to take a step back. I reunited with the boy I grew up from that never fully learned that it's alright to miss a commitment if we've truly tried our best. I'm becoming known in some circles for my sayings, so I'll leave you with this; Regret is the intelligent decision to do things differently...