A Reintroduction--It's Great to Be Back

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ChrisandShelley

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I found my last post to be almost 2 years ago and it hit me how long I have been out of the loop. It is wonderful to be back in the innkeeper's role again after almost 2 years of absence. Since it has been a while, I thought I should start fresh with a new introduction.

My wife Shelley and I started innkeeping when we bought the Wildflower Bed and Breakfast On the Square in June of 2015. We started with a 6 room inn and expanded from there. Since then we have have added two rooms to the Bed and Breakfast, built a small event center/music venue (called the Mountain View Meeting Place), and built two cottages right next door. Over the last 6 years, we have made wonderful friends in this little mountain community and formed close friendships with many guests.

In late 2019, my offshore oilfield consulting company offered me a project that paid too well to refuse. During that project, the COVID pandemic broke out and we had to close the inn for a time. The oil field took a nose dive, so in order to save our business, I obtained my CDL and started driving a truck. At the time, we didn't know how long we were going to be closed: a month, a year, who knew? Luckily, we were able to open up at a reduced capacity, then eventually back to full capacity.

This summer, my wife's father had some health problems, so she went to stay with him and help him recover. So I came off the road and now I'm back innkeeping!

I didn't realize how much I missed being here. This is the first time that I have ran the business solo, but I am discovering things about myself I didn't know. I actually LOVE cooking and baking! Who knew? I am seeing a lot of our wonderful return guests who I haven't seen in a year or two. I am reconnecting with the local music community through our shows. We are having our highest revenue year this year.

Now that I am not running around like a headless chicken, I can sit down and reconnect with the Innspiring folks. I hope you all are doing well and that your businesses are staying booked.

It really is great to be back. 😁

Chris
 

Morticia

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Sounds like you’ve got a lot of arrows to your quiver. That really helps when life happens. Glad you’ve discovered you enjoy what you’re doing!
 

ChrisandShelley

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Sounds like you’ve got a lot of arrows to your quiver. That really helps when life happens. Glad you’ve discovered you enjoy what you’re doing!
Hey, Morticia. I hope I don't have to use those arrows again. I hope you are doing well.
 

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It is how we handle things when life smacks us in the face that tells the story of our mettle. Glad you did not crawl in a corner and suck your thumb. And when stepping up is the time we discover ourselves. Hope there is no kitchen conflict when Shelley returns. Welcome back to the innkeeping world.
 
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