New mantra: I love insane pressure, I love insane pressure, I love insane pressure…
We revised the photography site logo. I really didn’t like the one we had but wanted something distinct, clean, and unique. So we bit the bullet and hired someone to design it. I’m glad we did. Revised logo for the photo site:
Yes, it looks kind of like a Christmas tree. I’m good with that. The original version was all black. I confabbed with the hubster and we agreed to the split personality here. I like it. Gives it character.
Next up: ordering business cards, because we’re gonna need them, pronto.
Between personal issues and trying to get through the first order of the CBD (which should hopefully be delivered next week – sending off payment today), I had kind of set the other project aside, the Greenhouse Servers project. That is, until it came roaring back with a vengeance. As in, “We might file a building permit by January 2018 or sooner” vengeance. As in, scrambling to construct an international presentation to be ready in three days, non negotiable time frame, because there is $X.X million on the line with someone who, and I quote, “… already ordered the servers for the first part part of the project.”
Bottom line? It looks like we got our funding, and a hell of a huge project as part and parcel. It’s exciting and left overwhelming in the dust.
The second things go live with the GHS project, I’m going to need to have a sales force in place who can hit the ground running. In the interim, I’ve got to restructure the proposed budget, file all the requisite legal corporate formation paperwork in two countries, probably hop a plane to Canada (shit – and get a passport), line up all the business basics like a payroll company and health insurance provider… Taking a deep breath… and yeah. All this in time for a major launch within a few months.
I received an invitation to participate in a Women in Tech symposium, but it’s two days from now, clear across town (which for Phoenix is around 70 miles one-way) and late at night. I don’t think it’s physically possible for me this year, much as I’d like to participate.
I’m not putting the CBD website live until I have the product in my hands. I’d love to have it up and working with pre-orders, but this whole project has been filled with hitches, misquotes, and other assorted issues. I’m still committed to selling it, but damn if I’m putting anything out there before the product is physically here to sell. This experience has proven to me why I will never, ever do drop-shipping. I’ll never trust a shipper to do right by my clientele. The second it’s live I’ll post a link for affiliate marketing.
On the personal front, my daughter finally has an official diagnosis AND they’ve largely stabilized her. It’s not perfect, but huge progress. You want irony? It took breast-reduction surgery to undo the cause of nerve damage. That’s how important it is to perform so-called “cosmetic” surgeries at times. Since the surgery she’s had no more cluster headaches (the ones nicknamed suicide headaches for just cause.) Her migraines, which used to be continuous and only moderately alleviated with meds, at best a 50-50 reduction, are now sporadic and ALWAYS alleviated by the meds. It’s hard to fathom that big boobs nearly killed her. Meds are re-training her autonomic nervous system so her heartbeat is only on the high end of normal now – it had ranged up over 200 beats per minute – and she’s sleeping 5 or 6 hours a night with fair consistency. She literally went a week straight with ZERO sleep, which is itself can move into life-threatening territory. Six hours isn’t great, but it’s a hell of a lot better. We went through some pretty scary complications to get here, but hopefully we’re over the hump.
I called off work today – with everything going on my body just said f*** it and crashed. I’m sniffly and aching, but nothing insurmountable. Otherwise I wouldn’t have been here when my buddy called me about the expedited timeline for GHS.