So my secretary just left on a plane back to Georgia about four hours ago. I told her it was going to be weird without her around the apartment and it certainly has been - the dishes have already started to pile up in the sink, the bed is not made, and Kimchi certainly doesn't walk herself to go potty.
As I was lying in bed attempting to take a nap, I just couldn't help the feeling of how lonely it is in this apartment all by myself, except, now, I have Kimchi to keep me company. I thought back to almost three years ago, with nothing lined up here in Seattle, when I packed everything I owned into my car and drove myself here all the way from Orlando, FL.
I had been wanting to move to Seattle after visiting from Spokane, Washington, while I was still in the Air Force. After separating from the Air Force, I moved back in with my parents in Orlando, FL, during which time I was trying to get back on my feet and attempting to procure a job. I have always hated the heat and tried to avoid it at all cost growing up, but, growing up in Florida, there was no avoiding that miserable heat. After a year of struggle and unemployment, and becoming weary of the misery, I decided to follow my heart to set down roots in Seattle.
At the time, it had already been a year since I was out of the military with a college degree under my belt, and I still could not obtain a job for the life of me. I had applied to over fifty government jobs, yet, nobody would hire me. I became very embittered and felt like the world lied to me when advertisements on television and the internet were touting we support and hire our veterans. Regardless, I knew I was absolutely certain that I wanted to work for the government no matter what, and I was not going to stop until I became a federal employee.
All I knew up to that point in life was, if you really wanted to do something in life, you just muster up the courage to do it, and you don't make any excuses, no matter how insurmountable the task or goal may appear.
But, in any case, I arrived here in Seattle, volunteered at the Veterans Affair Hospital for four months before actually getting a job with them. I thought my life was set until retirement, until I realized the games you have to play if you wanted to advance as a federal employee - and let me assure you, it is not through hard work and sheer talent, because I possess that in spades. I realized that the government system only wants to keep its employees down, without offering much opportunities for advancement - and, at this juncture, I am only speaking from my personal experience.
I knew I wasn't going to achieve my life goal of having a comfortable income and living a simple life that I enjoyed working for the government, because it would have very well taken me 30 years of selling my soul to get to my place of serenity and contentment. That was way too long, and I was tired of the bureaucracy. I knew there was another way to achieving some of my life goals, and, thus, I founded John's Kimchi.
I am much happier now that I am able to employ my talents and passion to something I truly believe in, and that is my kimchi business. But let me tell you, there have also been an enormous amount of stress, anxiety and frustrations to round out the whole experience of being your own boss, but I wouldn't have it any other way, because, now, I make all the executive decisions.
If you have a dream or a goal, cease and desist with the paralysis by analysis and just jump into the deep end - things will work itself out with careful planning along the way. Just know it will take everything you have got, and it will require even more than you're able to give, but if you don't give in, and you commit, unwaveringly, you can achieve your own piece of joy and serenity.
There is still much to for me to learn about kimchi and being a business owner in general, but I am having the time of my life :). It truly is remarkable to think that I produce a product that the public is actually willing to pay for, and that piece of knowledge is what propels me forward to continue down the road of entrepreneurship.
-The Kimchi Whisperer-