Thursday, 31 October 2013

Nearly there!

It looks like this move is actually going to happen!!  It has been a long time coming and all of the details are not yet completely organised, but we draw ever closer.  (we haven't even signed the contracts yet!!!)

Settlement is three weeks today!  I can't even begin to imagine the changes this will herald!  I am looking forward to EVERY single one of them.

I have been blessed to have been offered a helping hand by my nephew and his partner, they will be coming up for a week over Christmas to help with things that need doing.
Mum will be there with us too - I'll have to see if there are any other 'helpers' I can entice!!!

We are not even sure what those things will be!!  We know that we need to do a lot of work to the residence, the biggest job will probably be pulling up and replacing the carpets - although hopefully NOT the floorboards!!  We need to replace a lot of the wooden surrounds in all of the rooms - wood that surrounds the doors, the windows, the cupboards and some of the skirtings and architraves.  Possibly the kitchen too!

I am wanting to get the Spa set up too - gotta grab those opportunities to relax and chill out when you can!!

All of that without even touching the actual resort yet!!!  SO much to do there!!

It all depends on ideas and money!!!  I will run out of the second before I run out of the first!!
ALL I need to do then is prioritise!!  Set a list of things to do in order of importance and work towards achieving everything on my list!  Whew - almost sounds too easy, doesn't it?

Can I put pictures on a blog??  I hope so - I'll post lots of before and after shots for you all!  (Both of you!!)

I have spent this week working on my Australian Homeschool Network website.  A whole new look!  While waiting for that to go live I have begun fiddling with the new website for Hilltop Resort.  That is MUCH harder as I don't know enough about the resort or the industry yet to pull together details that will be enticing to holiday makers.  HUGE Learning Curve!

Learning is a nice segue into another project I have just embarked on!!

I have just enrolled to do a Diploma of Management (Small Business) to increase my skills and my ability to make a roaring success of this venture.  Failure is NOT an option!

So - over the next few months I will be working on the following things:

  • Learning how to run the resort
  • Working on Resort Renovations
  • Working in the Resort
  • Being a Wife
  • Being a Mum
  • Homeschooling our girls (fortunately not until February!!)
  • Studying for my Diploma (with Kaitie and Tash)
  • Following through on local marketing plans - chatting with other local businesses etc
  • Working to achieve compliance in Tourism and Camps (that looks like a huge process on it's own!!)
  • Working on the website
  • Working on a Brochure and pricing for Groups and School Camps
  • Planning and Designing Dormitories, Activities and Courses for camps at the Resort
I will then start going back to Melbourne weekly to work from home three nights a week for a break!!!

So, if you come across me at the Resort and I look a little frazzled to you.... take pity on me!!  Offer me a chardonnay or a vodka mixer, make me sit down for 10 mins and have a chat with you!!

SERIOUSLY!!!  Actually - even if I don't look frazzled, sit down and have a chat with me!!

In a completely unrelated aside...I use spell check to make sure I'm producing something of a somewhat reasonable nature here!!!  I find it ironic that ON a blog - the word blog is not recognised!!!    :)

Friday, 25 October 2013

First Post!

It occurs to me that this huge change in lifestyle should be noted.  Pretty egotistical of me actually!

My craziness is indisputable - what was I thinking!

We are in our early 50's and we have just bought a Caravan Park/Motel/Holiday Resort in Swan Hill.  Country Victoria to those without!  Not bad for a city girl!

I seem to be writing how I talk!!  HA HA!  That's interesting!  All of the bells and whistles offered by this blogging site will be investigated in time - for now, boring, basic blogging is coming your way!

There is an enormously daunting list of things that need to be repaired, replaced or reinvented before we can make this park our own.  A whole lot of it needs to be done before we can even move into the residence.  Good thing we have three strong girls to pitch in and help!

(I can't hear myself over their combined cries of "Not Me" right now!!)

We have been trying to buy this sad, sorry and rundown park for about 18 months now.  Many, many things have gotten in our way and all have been slowly and systematically waded through so that we are now on the home stretch and within a month (supposedly - fingers crossed!!) of our settlement date.

The list of things to do is HUGE.  The list of things to buy exceeds my capacity to pay for it all!!

Learning to prioritise will be one of my first skills I think!

Small business management courses seem to be on my horizon too!!

For now, homeschooling our girls, building a resort business website, rewriting and rebuilding my Australian Homeschool Network website, writing this blog (badly) and working nights until the move take up most of my time.