It’s painful but worth the process
Monday was the 18th (Martin Luther King Day). I planned on spending the whole day organizing my office so I could find things easily and get rid of the depressing clutter. By the time I went through emails, answered a couple of calls (wasn’t this suppose to be a holiday?) it was already 11:30. Decided I better not answer the phone so I could get through this project. If I get distracted, it’s all over.
I stopped at noon to make lunch then got started removing everything from the office shelves. At 1:10 PM I was tired but there was still more to come off the shelves. Ugh, I still got to go through all the boxes. First task, separate the stuff to keep from stuff to sell or discard. It’s amazing how much accumulates in one year. I just kept telling myself, “Wow this is going to feel good to be organized!” I resisted the temptation to go through each group of photos in envelopes. I use to do all my photography on a film camera so I have thousands of printed photos and negatives. Man was that tempting.
3:30 PM Okay, now I need to stop and go get the horses for the farrier, pick my pens and get the stalls ready for the horses to come in. Came in about 5:00 to get started again. Got a call from a client. Worked on uploading photos from 6 – 8:30 PM. Got started again, wow, getting tired. But it’s thinning out. Almost got the kitchen table cleaned off.
I get up at 4:30 AM in the morning so by now I’m fading really fast…..almost done. Organizing is something I love to be but hate to do so it’s hard for me to commit this kind of time to cleaning but it sure is worth it. Whew, one room down 4 more to go!
So this is what a NWHS holiday looks like but the March magazine process should go much faster this next month. We have the added fun of a trade show in February and March so I needed to keep on top of things. Now it might happen. So, stop by our booth at one of the expos and say Hi!
Quote: For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. ~ Benjamin Franklin
Owner/Publisher Karen’s lifelong love of horses began at a very early age when she wore out a couple of rocking horses before convincing her parents to get her the real thing. That ill-tempered bay gelding, Brandy, was a challenge for the young horsewoman, but it drove her ambition to become a horse trainer. After attending Canyonview Equestrian College’s Horsemanship Program, Karen realized she needed work that was a little more lucrative than training, so she took a job with Customs Brokerage to pay the bills. There, she discovered an affinity for computers and a talent for creating informative, entertaining newsletters. The Northwest Horse Source began as such a letter in December 1995, with a distribution of 1000 copies for its 12 black and white pages. Now 25 years later, it’s an online magazine and website with a reach of over 10,000 per month and growing! Not bad for the results of one woman’s dream to work with horses!
Today, Karen remains involved with every aspect of the magazine and treasures the community of thousands who share a common passion. Somewhere in the wee hours of the early mornings and late evenings, she still finds time to care for April, her gorgeous and sweet-tempered Quarter Horse.