Realistic Expectations

So this last month or so has been a bit of an eye opener for me, in more ways than one. I bought some land on which to build a production workshop for the tiny house business, I returned from my work assignment in DC, and I found out that I will be a new dad in March. One of the things that it put into perspective is the concept of ensuring I have realistic expectations on how much time I have available to allot to all of the varied demands on my time, as opposed to setting timelines to accomplish things in an arbitrary manner.

New Baby on the Way!
New Baby on the Way!

To start with, family comes first, and now that we are adding to the family, there are a slew of additional time requirements that need to be dealt with. Doctor’s appointments, taking care of my wife while she deals with the first trimester of changes to her body, making sure all of the things around the house get done, and figuring out some of the changes that need to be made to accommodate the new tiny one.

Second, the day job has greater emphasis now, as the health insurance that it pays for is a godsend with all of the doctor’s appointments. Not to mention, I have switched jobs at work, no longer am I a Program Manager responsible for two programs within the energy division, but am now back to using the degree I just finished paying for, working as an architect. (This is a good change, if you were wondering). There has been an unusual amount of travel involved in the last few weeks, but that is an anomaly rather than a new norm.

Third, there is RidgeRunner Tiny Homes, and finalizing what it takes to get it officially launched and producing income. With the time constraints of the first two items above, the remainder left for the business is fairly small, and there are many times where I just don’t have the mental energy to work on things after the toll of the day. But I am preservering, and getting bits and snippets done when I can.

For the workshop, I have contacted the utility company, getting them to remove the power lines from the dilapidated structure that needs to be removed. I have also met with the local volunteer fire department, and reached a verbal agreement with them to use the structure for a training burn. But this is where being realistic in my expectations comes in.

Did I mention it is hot?
Did I mention it is hot?

n case you were not aware, Alabama is in a hot-humid climate in the northern hemisphere. And, looking at the calendar, it is currently the first week in September, which is the end of the summer season down here. This means that the temps have been in the mid to upper 90’s with humidity to match that makes feel even hotter. This means that frankly, for firefighters that are suited up in all of their gear, it is miserable. As such, the earliest that they are willing to do their practice burn is in late October to early November, or after the heat breaks and coolness of fall moves in.

So, in being realistic in my expectations, I now see that the earliest that I could get the land ready to build my workshop is in November. Depending upon how the finances are looking, construction may need to be pushed off even later. Not to mention, that there will be ZERO chance of doing any building work for the first month or so after the baby is here.

In regards to the website, i have a new web designer that will be helping me, but he and his wife are dealing with a healthy baby boy born last weekend, so his time is limited as well. I also know that I still have one final tiny house systems blog post on heating systems to get finished, and I promise that it will be published before too long. I just am not sure when at the moment. Until then, feel free to read through my other Tiny House Systems posts.

In regards to the downloadable designs, this is where I need to focus my energies, as the sooner I get designs ready, the sooner I can start offering them for sale.

So, I need to stop writing this blog post, and get back to work!