Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Beginnings and Being On the Job


  Last year about this time I did the word resolution thing.  My word was discipline and I think I forgot about it about a week after the post.  This year I'm going to go back to having an actual list of goals.  I never get them all done, but I do get some of them done.  I think this will work better for me because when you are smack in the middle of the forest, as I always seem to be, you can only see the trees, not the forest.  I need the details (trees) of a list, versus the forest of a word. Plus, I like reviewing the list at the end of the year and realizing that I did get some goals done. I'm working on a list now.  

Are you doing a word, goals, or resolutions?  

The big thing going on right now is that my son and I are starting a business.  It's On the Job Janitorial and we just got our first job, a building in downtown Greenville.  We are both really stoked about this.  We start on Tuesday the 2nd. It's only a few hours a week.  We are responsible for the public areas, not the individual shops. After we get the routine down we hope to add a couple more office cleaning accounts.

Some of you who have read my blog for a long time will know that our son has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  He is high functioning--what many people call Aspergers. He's 19 now and has not been able to find employment. He's not interested in college, and with his dyslexia he'd have to be really motivated to succeed at a college or university.  I've been racking my brain for a job that would be a good fit for him.  I finally decided that working at a janitorial service would be good.  He doesn't do well around a lot of people, or if he's pressured to work fast.  I'm pleased that he likes this idea too, and is very motivated to do this work. 

I will have to get up earlier than I like, since most of the work will be done before the shops open in the building.  I'm not a morning person.  I'm thinking that the upside will be that since I'm up, I will just go work on jewelry after I finish with the janitorial duties. I'm hoping I'll get more done. And of course, the big upside which is employment for us both. 

It's odd that it took me this long to think of a janitorial service.  That's because I kind of did this before.  Years ago I helped a friend find employment cleaning houses and apartments.  I booked the jobs and she did the cleaning.  After a period of time she learned enough English to get a good job at a hospital in addition to the apartment cleaning.  

Now is the perfect time to have thought of it though, because a year ago our son wouldn't have been ready for it, and now he is. It's a blessing.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season. We had a great Christmas visiting with family. We spent Christmas eve at my parents and had Christmas dinner at my brother's place.  

Happy New Year!  May 2012 be a great year for us all. 



Alice said...

What a great idea! My sister was born with a brain hemmorage and had all sorts of complications. She was placed in the Special Ed area of the school since this was before the time of integrating. Finding jobs was difficult until she started a janitorial job with the help of her two children. She now has a successful business with many customers.

Wishing you a wonderful year filled with all the things you love!

Therese's Treasures said...

Leslie, Making a goal list is a wonderful idea. I have decided to use a daily planner book this year and write down everything I am involved in this year. My word is awake which is something I had problems with in the past so I'm going into 2012 with my eyes wide open. I commend you on starting a buisness so your Son has a way to make a living.
All the best to you and yours in 2012!

Jules said...

You're a great mom Leslie!!! Good luck to you both. I know you will be successful in any goals you create for yourself. Happy New Year and happy new beginnings!!! Way to grow!

Sharyl said...

Very best wishes to both of you in your new business and the early morning risings!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Great idea Leslie and I am betting you will have your motor going and will be making more jewelry! I hope you get tons of business! XOXO

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Good luck!