Wednesday, September 13, 2006


I’m having a really piss-poor week. I’m completely burned out from working so many hours…but beyond that, business has gone into the crapper once again (after a week or two of things appearing to be improving.) That’s when it’s hardest for me. I can work my butt off if I feel like I’m getting somewhere…anywhere. And at this stage of my life, I am having a hard time seeing the point in working myself beyond exhaustion for nothing.

Trying to "make the café mine" has not, shall we say, produced the kind of results I had hoped. I feel like I’m making all the wrong decisions. I’m so tired, I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m asleep at the wheel and I’m driving this bus right over a cliff.

For the first time, the "escape clause" that was written into our lease is starting to look awfully attractive.

Somebody tell me to quit whining, get back up, and keep going…


  1. (((Lisa)))
    I really hope everything works out for you. How long do you have in your escape clause? We are looking at a restaurant right now. Just waiting on the financials. Any words of wisdom?

  2. Okay...quit whining, get back up and keep going.  Rome wasn't built in a day and something like this takes time.  There!

  3. Quit whining, get back up, and keep going.

    But first pencil in an afternoon at the beach in the next few days.  You need a break.

  4. Lisa, respect your exhaustion, and find someone on your staff you can trust to let you have a least one full day's break.  Then get back to it, and keep going.  The first year of any business is the absolute hardest, and that is doubly true for restaurants.  You can do this!

  5. I suspect that Cynthia is right. I know it's got to be hard to look at another ten months before things start to show success. All you can do is your very best. You can write me anytime. I got big shoulders. :-)


  6. You've got to find a little time for some self're running yourself into the ground.

    So, find a way to spoil yourself a little bit.  Do something that's good for your spirit.  Then I think you'll have what you need to stop whining, get back up, and keep going.

  7. Quite whining, get up and go do something for you.  Clear your head, your heart, your soul and then come back and view things a little differently.  Perhaps making the cafe yours (and theirs) will work better for you in the short term.  Mostly ... I want to tell you DON'T GIVE UP.  It takes time, energy (and lots of days without it) to build and maintain a business.

    GOOD LUCK.  

  8. How long did the last entry say--72 days it's been?  Some days have been hell, ok lots of days, but there have been some good ones.  Follow all the previous sage advice and keep asking for help.   If you take the escape clause now, you'll never know what could have been if you'd stopped whining and kept going.  

  9. it could be worse ... you could be selling freezers to Eskimos

  10. I can't imagine how stressful that must be. The closest thing in my life is what happens when our renters get so far behind on the rent....right now they owe us three months...