Goodbye CEO, Hello Chick-Chick

Dear Diary,

Er… just kidding! The last time in my life that I wrote about myself was back in my teens.. almost 30 years ago. So coming back to a blank page to record stuff that is just about me still feels a bit like writing a diary.

Amelia Rules

All about me!

Just over 3 months ago I found myself abruptly unemployed from a career that had me working an average of 60 hours a week plus it consumed almost all of my creative energy. 15 years is a long time to go without more than 2 weeks off, so I allowed myself to spin my wheels a bit. And the story of how I went from being a founder & CEO of a million dollar company to a housewife and micro farmer is a story that will have to wait. Feelings are still too ragged on that subject, and there are still some unresolved issues. I am sure that when I tell that story, it will be here.

Me as the business manager

When I was a CEO

For now I am in the process of reinventing myself. the first part of that process is rediscovering what it is I really really like to do. And I have much to be thankful for.. a beautiful home in the country (mostly owned by Wells Fargo) with 3 acres, a dog, 2 cats, and 19 chickens. That keeps me pretty busy. In fact, I am not sure how I will find the time to start working again, so I have been figuring out how to make a living outside of the working world. Some of those ideas are even starting to work out!

My first big project was.. our wedding! Patrick, the love of my life, has been there for me through a divorce and all the ups and downs of life for the past 6 years. I don’t know what I would have done without him through the stress of leaving Seven Bridges. We bought our home together last year. So we finally decided to formalize our partnership when I suddenly had loads of free time…

After the wedding Pat had to go right back to work. So I got busy in the garden, and built a chicken coop

The Coop

We have access to nice wooden shipping crates for free. I have been using them for planting boxes, and just starting making some into mini chicken coops:

Mimi Coop

Mini chicken coop made from a crate

I have started to sell these on Etsy and Craigslist. They actually account for the first true off the farm income to date!

I am working up plans for a slightly larger but still portable coop that I can deliver for $300- $400. Eventually I’ll have eggs to sell. And maybe baby chicks. Possibly veges too.

My favorite name so far for this chicken business is “Chick Chick”

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