For the past two years, I’ve dreamed about having someone to prep my work table, sort my emails, pack boxes, take pictures, sort paperwork, make me a double mocha when I really need it…
Because I work at home, I couldn’t grasp someone coming over here, I would be too worried about all the unexpected activity that goes on! I also had no idea how to break down what I needed to be done, specifically. Therefore, I set my internal energy clock on HIGH and buzzed around the house trying to meet all my deadlines and still keep everything fluffy and creative until my battery gave out. Sure, I ask the kids for help, but their enthusiasm doesn’t come easy. After arm twisting and bribing, I can squeez a few tasks out of them, but the ordeal is exhasuting.
DeAngelo finished up his semester at college and has been job hunting with no luck. Last week while on a plane ride home from Fresno, it hit me – I should hire him as a personal assistant for Patrick and myself!
When I arrived home, I presented him with my job offer and he excitedly agreed. I spent Thursday night forming a list of duties. I set up a CraftyChica.com email account for him. Friday morning, I spent an hour training him and he stayed busy for the next six hours! He had the weekend off, and today he woke up and got busy.
I can sum it up in one word: HEAVEN!!!
What a world of difference! Before when I asked for a favor, I felt like I was Naggy Mom, but now that it is his job, I feel like the Rockstar Craft Lady of the house. He is so efficient and thorough. I’ve seen a whole new side to him and I’m so proud! I encouraged him to keep looking for a job outside of our house, but in th emeantime, he can gain a world of experience right here.
Here is what he is doing: Changes the office and art room trash, preps our work areas, goes through emails, updates my blog feed to my MySpace page, screens our friend requests, changes my paint water, inputs my notes into Word, scans and re-sizes my photos, packs and labels boxes, and all kinds of other things like asking me if I’m thirsty and need water.
He helped me prep 300 canvases for my Maker Faire make-and-take, realized what all goes into my day. At one point, I took a break and plopped down on the bed. He came over and massaged my left wrist with lotion because earlier he witnessed me drawing over and over on the canvases.
DeAngelo has never really been into crafting (except for hand painting his Warhammer army guys). But today, he watched Maya tie dye some shirts and asked if he could try too. Next thing I knew, he was getting down and dirty with a t-shirt! When he saw the final result, he was so proud!
If you are super busy with your art and crafts business and need a little help, check within your family for help. If not your kids, ask your nieces or nephews, aunts, uncles or even neighbors. I am amazed at how much more time I have to do other things, even though it’s only been two days!
DeAngelo’s name translates as “of the angels” – and he sure does live up to that!
I’ll keep you posted how it develops!
Peace, love, and glitter!