Life is Like a Box of Chocolates . . .

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” -Forrest Gump

So true.
OK, a little confession here. This blog is really self-serving!

When I was 20 years old I knew EXACTLY what path my life was going to take. I knew when I was going to graduate from college. I knew what job I was going to get and in what city. I knew who I was going to marry and when it was going to happen. I knew how many kids we were going to have and when we were going to have them. I knew what their names were going to be. I knew where I wanted to vacation and when I wanted to retire. I knew where and when I was going to buy my first house. I could easily make this list much longer!

After 20 more years have gone by I can relate to what Forrest Gump had to say. NONE of my predictions came true. Nope, not a single one! If you had told me 20 years ago that I was going to own my own business I’d call you crazy. If you told me it was going to be a window cleaning business I would think you had me confused with someone else.

I have travelled down many paths in my 40 years. In my adult life I have attended and graduated from Arizona State University, I have taught 1st grade, 2nd grade, emotionally disabled children, and directed a family literacy program in the Gila River Indian Community. I’ve also opened a child care center for elementary and middle school children and been the director of Christian education programs at two churches.

I’ve owned five houses, been married three times, been a foster dad and a step-dad to two different sets of kids. I can’t even count how many times I’ve moved from one house to another! I now find myself back in the same zip code I lived in as a child and through much of college.

In my various past careers I craved the respect I received because of the title I held. Telling someone I was a teacher always got the predictable response of something like: “Oh, bless you for what you do! Teachers don’t get paid enough for all that they do. You’re make such a difference in the lives of those children.” When I created and ran a childcare center the statements were similar. When I took 20 squirrely 7th graders tubing down the river with a youth group I received appreciation and admiration from their parents and others in the church.

When my window cleaning business was in it’s infancy I was very concerned about how others would react to this rather dramatic career change. What would my friends and family think? How would others react when I told them I was a window cleaner? My business coach can confirm that I had a REALLY big hang-up over all of this!

I’ve learned a lot since then. A lot about cleaning windows, a lot about running a business, a lot about myself. I’ve learned that there is true value to every job; no matter what it may be. I take a lot of pride in what I do. There is pride in looking at a house after I’ve finished cleaning some truly nasty windows. There is pride in providing for my family’s needs. I feel proud when I receive sincere appreciation from my clients. I feel pride every time I read the various reviews my clients have written about me (you can see some of them here: target=”_blank”>http://www.yelp.com/biz/clearly-professional-window-cleaning-tempe).

I may not know what path my life will travel or what my destination will be, but I do know I love where I’ve been, I love where I am . . . and I am excited about where I’m going (wherever that may be)!

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” –Unknown

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About Clearly Professional Window Cleaning

As the owner of Clearly Professional Window Cleaning, I want to provide the best window cleaning services to residents of AHWATUKEE, APACHE JUNCTION, CAREFREE, CAVE CREEK, CHANDLER, FOUNTAIN HILLS, GILBERT, GOLD CANYON, MARICOPA, MESA, PARADISE VALLEY, PHOENIX, RIO VERDE, SCOTTSDALE, SUN LAKES, TEMPE, QUEEN CREEK, EAST VALLEY, ARIZONA, 85044, 85045, 85048.