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Blog entry by EaglewoodsPres posted 11-27-2009 at 06:01 AM 937 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone, Seems I only get once a year to sit and update my lumberjocks. Usually happens around the holidays. This year has been the best and the worst. It’s funny how life can change your priorities in an instant. My whole life now is my family. I have gotten full custody of my two boys CJ and Cody from Florida and I got married. My boys, 14 and 11 have needed alot of attention the last year and that really put a hault to the production in the shop. I made the mistake of thinking I had the right people in the right places to be able to live a “normal” life and only work 50 hours a week. Not so. We actually had to close the location and let the employees go. So I hunkered down in my garage and continued on my own. Now I am back to doing what I was when I started. Back to what I liked about this business to begin with. Makin dust myself. It’s just me, Kathy, and the boys now working the company. Smaller shop. Way smaller. No exposure. Not so much sales. Mostly word of mouth. But somehow happier. Not near the money we were taking in before, but we don’t have the 2000/week payroll either. Guess what? Things actually get done right the first time again. lol. We are planning a move back to the town we met in 7 years ago. We still have a house back there and more land. (to put up a bigger shop!!!lol) And the house is 3 times the size. 2 teenage boys take up alot of room. As far as the business goes, who knows where the winds will blow in the new year. I hope everyone has a great holiday season. And I wanted to thank everyone for the comments. When life gets challenging and the confusion sets in, I think everyone needs to be reminded of what and why they do things things they do. That happened for me last week by going to lumberjocks and reading over the old comments. It reminded me that a love this business, and it made me feel good about my choices to see that other people like the finished product. Especially your peers. Thanks again everyone.

-- Chris ( Eaglewoods@sbcglobal.net )



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MoreWoodPlease

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#1 posted 11-27-2009 at 07:26 AM

Well said. Best of luck in the new year!

-- Integrity is who we are when no one else is watching.

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#2 posted 11-27-2009 at 07:33 AM

Nicely said and I wish you well with your future plans.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 11-27-2009 at 07:52 AM

You are not alone, I downsized earlier this year as well, and I am down to one employee, me, it has its good and bad. Best of luck, things have way of working out for the better.

enjoy your kids.

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#4 posted 11-27-2009 at 07:57 AM

Sometimes less is more. Have a great holiday and a wonderful 2010.

-- Billp

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#5 posted 11-27-2009 at 08:31 AM

good luck

-- gagewestern

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#6 posted 11-27-2009 at 08:57 AM

good news ,

and a great outlook !

the best to you and the family .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 11-27-2009 at 11:25 AM

Hey Chris
It sounds like much has changed in your life .I’m glad you can view it as a better new beginning.Happy Holidays to you and yours.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#8 posted 11-27-2009 at 05:10 PM

Good luck, but you have already made the most important move(getting the boys back in your life). The rest—-I bet you can handle. Best to you and your family.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#9 posted 11-27-2009 at 05:22 PM

Chris, I keep a quote in my billfold, forgot the author, but its reads “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. Life is about learning to dance in the rain.” Sounds like you have learned to dance, good for you.

-- F.Little

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EaglewoodsPres

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#10 posted 11-28-2009 at 09:20 AM

Thanks everyone, Woodnut- that is a great saying. Gonna have to remember that one. Best wishes everyone.

-- Chris ( Eaglewoods@sbcglobal.net )

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#11 posted 11-28-2009 at 10:15 AM

That’s great news about the boys Chris. I really admire you guys who stick with the woodworking business. I’ve never had one myself, but from what I’ve seen and heard, its just plain hard. I’m glad that everything is working out now and wish you and your family the best in 2010.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#12 posted 11-29-2009 at 04:02 AM

beautiful blog!

get rid of the “society’s push for financial abundance” and get back to “what I love to do” and the rest all falls into place :)

Have a wonderful, healthy, joyous 2010.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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