3.24.2014

Oh, Just Two Pieces of Big News

Let's just get right to it, shall we?

The first piece of news: Chris quit his day job. That's right! If you follow us on Facebook, I shared this news a couple weeks ago. In 2012 Chris and I formally started a business together geared towards handyman, design and organizing work. It was SUPER slow going in 2012 (as in we only had like 3 invoices). We didn't really pursue it at all, we just wanted to make sure we got it started because we knew we eventually wanted to move in that direction. Then last year things really picked up. We started a webpage, a Yelp page, told friends and family we were "officially" in business, and it just started to snowball. In a good way. We tried to never turn anything down unless it was a really big job that we knew we couldn't devote enough time to because we still had day jobs - and later in the year a baby - or that we knew was past our area of expertise. In which case we always tried to recommend someone who could do the job.

We were really surprised that without any real advertising or actively hunting for jobs we were basically able to stay busy all the time and were getting booked out sometimes weeks in advance just by word of mouth and our Yelp page. But recently it has gotten a bit crazy. Because I take care of Zoe most of the time (my mom usually babysits one day a week and we have a nanny share for part of the day on Wednesdays), while also trying to work all the jobs I was doing before having her and Chris still has his full-time job it has gotten to the point where Chris had to really step on the brakes - he cut back at his day job, worked evenings, and was working most Saturdays and Sundays. It got insane. There were days that he would not see Zoe at all because he was so jam packed. We knew we had to make a decision.

Deciding to leave his day job was a tough one. There is the guaranteed paycheck he gets every pay period and health care for him, me and Zoe. That is a big benefit to give up. But we were getting sooooo busy, and this is the kind of work we would really actually like to make our full time jobs and devote ourselves to, and so it seemed like, at some point, we just had to make the leap. I have always been a really good saver (any money still in my checking account when I get my next paycheck gets transferred immediately into my savings), and so I can carry our healthcare costs for two years+ if we made NO money. Of course, that's not going to happen because we're still booked solid, and when things get lean we can try some advertising strategies. It's an adventure we're both extremely excited for and incredibly nervous about, but like I said, sometimes you just have to leap


The only bad news is that Chris is too nice for his own good and told his boss he would stay at his job (though MUCH more limited hours) until June. I told him he was way too nice, and that's insane, but his boss is just such a wonderful lady who we both love so much and he couldn't help but be the nice guy that he is :) Until then though, it'll be quite the busy adventure :)

And what's the other piece of news? WE'RE GETTING MARRIED!

Yup, that's right, we've been living in sin for 9 years and we finally decided to take the plunge. We figured it's been long enough at this point, right?

Between the two sets of our parents there are 6 divorces, and marriage was something we didn't really know if we were sure we needed. We both know how we feel about the other and we were always very secure in our relationship just the way it was. But, after having Zoe and starting our business together, paperwork started to get really complicated, and it honestly seemed like not getting married was making more of a point than getting married. It's something that we've been talking about for a little while and we finally came to the decision a couple weeks ago. There is no romantic proposal to share, it was just an incredibly practical decision that we made while we were brushing our teeth one night. It suited us perfectly. And Zoe decided to share the news with our parents and siblings


We spilled the beans to our extended family and friends a couple weeks later with an invitation in mail for Zoe's 1st birthday (yes, sent out super early, but I'm a crazy planner) - and when they opened it all the way it revealed that we would also be getting married on the same day. None of our family and friends were expecting it, so it was a wonderful and fun surprise to get to share with them. And now I can share it with you :)

And of course, the happy affair could only happen at our house, naturally :) So in early June we'll have a fantabulous party - Zoe's 1st birthday and her parents getting married on the same day. It will make for so much happiness and great memories.

I've already started hoarding decorations, and of course I'll share that all along the way. As well as how much it'll cost, etc., because you know I like to over share :)

So that's our news! New jobs and a new marriage :) Not a bad Monday, huh? :)

17 comments:

Deb said...

OMG!!!! Congratulations :) I'm over the moon happy for you guys!! Can't wait to hear all about it!

xoxoxo!!!!

margaretedith.com said...

What is the business? We're also in Oakland and I totally want to check it out!

Megan said...

Hurray!
Matti and I have been living in sin for 10 years :) I'd love to hook up your sweet pots out front with some plants from Flora Grubb. Low water, etc...

G said...

Congrats! How exciting!!

Anonymous said...

So happy for you, Chris and Zoe! Exciting news all around!

Michelle said...

Congratuations on both counts!

Deb said...

Great news all the way around!

Laura said...

Instead of calling it 'living in sin,' call it 'doing your homework." Can you live together? Check. Can you work together? Check? Beautiful babies? Check. Congratulations! :)

Breanne said...

Congratulations!!! That's a lot of amazing things! I love the blog, and it's so nice to see good things happen for people that are always brightening my day with interesting and informative content. :)

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

This is so awesome, and I get to say that I got a piece of that handyman goodness before you were famous! HA

I think it's so cool to get married at Zoe's birthday party, nobody has done that (I think?) and it's so YOU! Congrats, love you guys!

rosedel said...

Wow! I am so happy for you! The new business sounds so exciting. I know it will be a success because you two work harder than anyone I have read about.
Having a wedding and Zoe's party sounds perfect. I'm excited to read all about it. Fun, fun, fun.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Amazing! Congratulations!!!

Emily said...

Congrats! Gosh we seem to think alike sometimes! We are finally (6 years together) getting married on our anniversary, which happens to be April 1st. I'm also planning each of my girls' b-days (end of April and mid June). Go us!

Will the business include posts/pictures here?

meryl rose said...

Thank you so so so much everyone for all of your kind thoughts! It definitely will be an adventure having both Chris and I self employed, and I cannot wait until June we have our big ol' party! :) :) :)

scotdog98 said...

Oh my gosh! I'm not a crier but I have tears of joy! Congrats!!

Erin said...

I am SO happy for the both of you on both accounts! How exciting. Yay!! :)

meryl rose said...

Thanks Scot and Erin :) :) :)