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jdcapshaw120We Opened today...

So now I need to change my goal to profitably running a country store/gas station which, in 6 months, should morph to profitably running a country store from far, far away as an absentee owner.
P.S. I’m exhausted with a whole s*load list of things to do! 4 years ago

jdcapshaw120All things must pass

Opening a country store/gas station is far from being on of my dreams, it’s not even a choice I would ever make, but it is something I have to do. We bought the store almost eight years ago as a rental investment. We sold it two years ago and moved to a sunny state that had a lower cost of living—12 driving hours away. After two years of semi-retirement, we were forced to foreclose when the new owners stopped paying on the note.

That was four months ago in June. Losing the income from the store was the equivalent of both of us losing a job. It would have the same effect on our lives, as well. My husband returned to his old job in Virginia while I stayed at home, tried to find a business broker, and struggled with panic attacks, anxiety, and insomnia. The broker told us that the store would sell for half its value unless it was a viable, up and running business. Look at it as an exciting adventure, he said.

There comes a time in your life when the nature of your adventures change. In your 20s the adventure is moving away from your parents and setting up your own life. Later the adventure shifts to proving your competency at work and watching your children grow. My adventures now are about exploring the world and learning new things. As hard as I try, learning about PCI compliance, liquor laws, and c-store accounting in a rural county where people say “Praise Jesus” when they hear you’re going to reopen and yes-will-have-the-lottery leaves me cold. This is a means to an end.

We are now living in a rented room in our daughter’s townhouse. My parents are keeping an eye on our house & mail, another daughter & our son-in-law are caring for our cat. Everything feels topsy-turvy. There’s much to feel grateful for—foremost my husband, our family & their care, and that we have a valuable asset to build on (especially during these days when so many are struggling), but it’s also overwhelming and difficult.

I wonder what our lives will be like in another four months? I wonder when my focus will shift from opening/running a store being all-consuming to seeing other things in the world (doing my 43thing list was a happy day). I wonder if we’ll ever get This Thing up and running. When I’ll be able to tick the “I’m Done” box. 4 years ago

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