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Cynthia’s Competing Themes

· Overseas Communication Delays Impacting Cynthia's Business. ·

Cynthia’s Competing Themes

I feel like my life has two competing themes right now: Everything All at Once versus Patience is a Virtue. Between moving out of my house and hurtling back into a 40-hour a week schedule, I’ve been straight out. But, I’m forced to have the patience of a saint as I wait for the next step of my business. I’m supposed to get the first samples of my Bunnuku toothbrush by Friday but I’m not so sure that’s going to happen. The communication delay with the manufacturing company in China is really frustrating : I send an email (middle of the night in China) and they respond (middle of the night in Middletown). So there’s a day and half lag time before I get an update. I’m forced to wait and it’s backing up my marketing plans to approach stores like Stop and Shop and Whole Foods. I can’t record my video for YouTube because I need my product in hand- so that’s on hold, too. I just need to be patient; something I’m not so good at. I just heard from my Business Coach Kim Kasparian this week so I need to update her on the delays. I’m glad she’s just checking in on me because it keeps me on task.

I realize just how brave I am with this business venture when I compare myself to my classmates and where they are at this stage of their lives. After catching up with them at my 45th Reunion, it’s obvious most of them are in retirement mode, while I’m sort of in overdrive, consumed with reinventing myself. When I told them about Bunnuku, they were really taken aback: “Toothbrushes, really?” I got that a lot. But when I explained the biodegradable aspect, they understood the appeal and told me they were happy for me. I explained that once I get the business off the ground, I will also be easing into retirement. My plan is to meet up with my brother Glenn and sister-in-law Sharon in Florida by October.  Definitely one of the ‘bennies” of having a website business: you can do it while you’re constantly on the move!

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