A Year End Review and 2018’s One Little Word

As we start a new year, I am amazed at the blessings of 2017.  This past year has been a year growth, professionally and personally.

My family practice grew.  I  found my rhythm to streamline documentation (i.e. paperwork). I was blessed with awesome staff and patients.  As an added bonus my oldest daughter came to work at the clinic.  This has been a blessing, seeing her every day and watching her grow into a professional young woman makes my heart happy.

After many years of discussing and pushing my oldest to coach,
my son and I opened Faultline Athletics.  During the remodeling of the building and installing the equipment, I could not have been prouder of family and the work they did together.

My youngest son who loves anything with wheels started the build on his rock crawler and Black Sheep Rock Racing was born.  We plan to start racing in 2018.

Our family lost a friend and a valuable part of our business team in March, but we have found new footing and continued to grow our boarding business. Bed and Biscuit Boarding has also proven to be a valuable resource for assisting the local humane society with housing.

We have been able to keep my Dad in our home, his mental decline has continued but we have been blessed with an awesome people who stay with Dad during the day and help keep my house and pets clean, safe, and healthy.

My youngest daughter and her husband did not let a chronic illness slow them down. Watching them take the vacations of their dreams, building a life tog

ether makes proud and thankful they have each other.

Our middle son who was driving over an hour to work got a job locally.  To some, a new job does not seem like a big deal, but having him home with his boys is a blessing.

My husband and I both accepted board positions with volunteer organizations we feel are beneficial to our community.   We both believe as did Mahatma Gandhi, we should “be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

I can say 2017 was a good year for my family but it was also a very busy year.  As I begin 2018 I am going to focus on the word, Simplify.  With Simplify as my One Little Word for 2017, I’m looking forward to a simple, intentional, meaningful, purposeful, life-giving, impactful, focused year.

I hope you will check back, I would feel blessed to share my simplified life with you.  Leave a comment to let me know how you plan to spend 2018.

~ ConnieKayA ~
A Southern Girl sharing her passion for living an abundantly blessed life.


Building a Family Business

Never in my wildest dreams did I see myself owning two family businesses. My husband and I opened Bed and Biscuit Boarding  two years ago. In March of this year, my son and I opened Faultline Athletics, a baseball training facility.  

We found a building and opened Faultline Athletics, in 45 days.  We have laughed, cried, prayed, argued and learned about working together as a family.

Did you know: Family businesses account for two-thirds of all companies worldwide and create 50 to 80 percent of jobs in most countries, according to the Family firm Institute, a global association of family business professionals.
As I think about the last few months – there are  a few things I want to share with you about owning a family business.

  • Roles and responsibilities should be clarified.
    Boundaries are essential when working with family. The more clearly defined everyone’s job description, the less room you’ll have for workplace conflict.
  • Everyone should be on the same page.
    For a company to succeed, relatives who take leadership or support roles need to respect and abide by the overriding business goals.
  • You should separate work and home life.
    Leaving work at work is a challenge. But try living with your cofounder or direct reports — or spending holidays, birthdays and summer barbecues with them. To avoid feeling like you are on the job 24/7, maintain a “no shop talk”at family gatherings.
  • Always enjoy your time together
    We are blessed to be able to talk daily, watch each other grow, and build a future together.
    (Pictured is Faultline Baseball 14U USSSA World Champions).

I would love to hear your tips for owning a family business.
~ ConnieKayA ~
A Southern Girl sharing her passion for living an abundantly blessed life.