One of my proudest accomplishments is getting every single one of those 90 issues out on schedule. Every. One.
|First issue - I had NOTHING to do with that cover! There were partners for the first issue only.
In the earliest years, it meant that I packed Molly off for a weekend at her father's, and spent the next 48 hours rolling around on the floor with scissors, tape, glue, and the scent of fear. It would be finished when she got home, and on Monday morning it would go to work (at the then printer) with me. I'd print, bind, and trim it, and then take it home to address, wafer seal, and stamp.
Eventually there were enough subscribers for a bulk mail permit, and then I'd do the sorting and banding and all that was entailed there.
Although Molly gave up doing a lot of activities with me growing up, she's learned to forage. She knows a lot about herbs and some pretty cool herb folk. She's learning how to make soap, all about attending and vending at herb festivals, and she got from her mother and aunt the same thing we got from our mother - an understanding of the dedication required to run a business.
I've met amazing people who have been generous and kind with their information and writing. We know all kinds of cool folks. We're still learning and expect to continue that as long as our senses continue to function.
Flex time... we know what we have to do, and if we think we can get it done AND spend a couple days during the week goofing off, then we do that.
A friend just visited for a couple of days, and by doing work ahead and a little each morning, I was able to hang out with her and really enjoy it. Of course a lot of people think that's just how our days are. Maryanne also has a business, so we help each other, and it means we have to have TWO businesses done ahead. We often run into people who think that because we make time for them, our days are just wide open. Not so. Just takes a little planning, and we can be flexible.
Naturally, it also means that we can work in our jammies.
This winter we'll start work on the 3rd five year compilation, but it will probably be a year before it is finished. It's a huge job, and we have a few other, smaller projects in the pipeline first.
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