Happy Business

Happy Business

One of my husband’s more famous quotes from his days of working at a paper mill in the northeast was “we are not in the happy business” he said this to a large group of disgruntled workers who were whining about something stupid.  His point to them was that it was not his job to always keep everyone happy, his job was to make paper.  I teased my husband about this quote quite often and yet used in the context he used it in it was very fitting.

I, however, have decided, “I am in the happy business.”  I say this seriously and yet with a big smile on my face.  I have spent many years working at various assorted full and part time jobs, trying to juggle that ever-challenging balance between work and family.

My husband and I decided a long time ago that our family took priority over everything in life.  He purposely did not take consulting jobs when our kids were little even though it would have paid a higher salary but he also would have traveled five days a week.  I purposely put the kids and their schedules and needs first, and then tried to find a job that I could work around our family.  Usually this meant sacrificing pay and advancement but I did it willingly and happily because I knew I only had this one chance to raise my kids and I would have many chances later on in life to develop my career.

Now that our two oldest kids are in college and the youngest is no longer a baby I am able to start shifting my priorities a bit.   As I explored different options I quickly realized that I wanted the best of all worlds.  I wanted a career that allowed me to make a good living and compensated me for my hard work, I wanted a business that I controlled, I wanted it to revolve around an ethical company or industry, I wanted whatever I did to make the world a happier place and a better place to be.  I wanted to “be in the happy business!”

Unconventional at best, I basically decided to write my own job description and then figure out how to make it into my business.

My job description:

-Work from home

-Flexible work hours

-Ability to set my own schedule

-Ability to travel and still “work”

-Virtual office capabilities

-Ethical business

-No income potential limitations

-Ability to relocate without having to sell business

-Low overhead

-Reasonable to high margins

-Low legal liabilities

-Product or service I love

-Something I am passionate about

-Ability to improve quality of life for others

-Ability to help other women improve their life

-Opportunity for creative growth

-Opportunity to teach others as component of job

-Growth opportunity for myself

-Ability to develop residual income streams

What did I come up with?  Well, it was challenging I must say, it took quite awhile for me to pull it all together but so far it is working and I am really excited.  What is it?  I am writing a book about my bucket list adventures, I am trying to write it in a way that is creative and helps other women and I am hoping that my book might inspire others in some small way.

I am also launching my Scentsy business.  This may sound crazy but it actually meets all my criteria listed above.  It allows me to work from home, be creative, and make life nicer for others.  Now let’s see if I can make this all work.  I am very excited to “be in the happy business!”

Happy Times


So my friend, I ask you “what’s next on your list?”

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  1. I’ve tried so many different “work from home” businesses over the years; herbalife, Melaleuca, Nature’s Inventory… I wasn’t willing to sacrifice being away from home when my sons needed me there. There was something inside that didn’t feel right about having my kids and then paying someone else to raise them while I was at work. I was very blessed that Larry worked out of the house and I was able to do all of his bookkeeping for him until he died. Now that he’s gone I’m doing a lot of writing too. Taking classes and writing…. and raising the last of the four. I love reading the Bucket List! Write on, Jackie!!!

    • Bucketlistblogger says:

      I know what you mean Shelley, it can be very hard to balance work and family. Everyone makes the best choice they can and each situation is different. I have a huge amount of respect for all mothers who are just out there doing the best they can.

  2. MidwestIA62 says:

    I struggle with the Proverbs 31 image for a wife and mother. After years and years of setting forth the home and work structure of operating and expectations to others…where does the “I have to do something for me” philosophy fit? What does GOD want us to do with our lives within the infinite possibilities that living in the United States has to offer? Those of us who are working full-time to survive in this economy have little “dream” time.