I haven’t written in awhile and mostly it’s because a lot of things in my personal life have just imploded around me, but it’s so funny how something so simple can just turn everything around.
Today (well yesterday since I’m writing this at 1 in the morning) was probably one of the best days I’ve had in recent memory. Me and the kids spent 4th of July with my mom and siblings and it was just awesome. On a fluke we were able to get so close to the fireworks that for a moment it felt like they were going to rain down on us, and for awhile I just felt cleansed. I felt like God was watching and telling me that everything was going to be okay. Did any of this fix the problems I’m going through? No. But my hope has returned and in a way, that fixes everything.
My mom always tells me that if Satan can steal your hope, he’s got you right where he wants you. Today my hope has been restored. Satan will not get the victory today.
How weird that something as simple as fireworks have given me a brand new outlook on life.
The last couple of days I have been reading out loud to my husband from his Class B drivers license handbook, he hates to read for whatever reason and he says the easiest way for him to learn is to hear the information. Well I guess whatever I can do to help him get his commercial license, that’s what I will do. He took his practice test online last night and got 100% so at least it’s working lol. On Thursday he will be taking his test sooooooo fingers crossed!
We now have so many passengers riding with Wynchester Hope Shuttles that the vans are all but obsolete, the mini-bus is now going 5 days a week, which is wonderful! Too bad my husband doesn’t have his class B license yet lol, actually my dad is the only person who has one so he’s been working ALOT.
I can only imagine my mom has been stressing out trying to figure out scheduling, (she’s changed the schedule at least 4 times in the last 24 hours) but it’s exciting that we are in so much demand and so we just roll with the punches and keep it moving. I’m so proud of you mama!
On Sunday I will be celebrating my 2 year anniversary with the man that I am overjoyed to be able to call my husband, and tomorrow we’re going to celebrate by going out to San Francisco and living out our own personal romantic movie, walking down the pier holding hands, walking barefoot on the beach, feeding each other seafood…my goal is to make every single person in S.F. overdose on the sugery sweetness that will be us lol.
I have to give credit to my mother for us even reaching this day, she has shown me through her own marriage what I need to do to keep mine strong, and I say a little prayer for her every night.
Thank-you mama, I’m so grateful that I’m able to go to you for advice. Love you.
Today has not been a good day and I am so happy that it is finally over. Something has been wrong with my legs for the past two days, it feels like the muscles and tendons in my legs and thighs are too short or something so I’ve been cycling back and forth between extreme discomfort and pure pain all day long, it used to happen when I was a kid too, my mom and dad called it growing pains and said I just needed to drink more water, but I’ve been drinking water like a maniac for like a week so that can’t be it (I’m out of Pepsi lol) so really I don’t know what’s wrong.
My kids seem to have gotten together and decided to see how much noise will it take to make mommy lose her marbles…Kelley has been singing and making random noises all day long and Sonny decided that today would be the day that nothing made him happy and he had to be in my freaking pocket all day, Grrrr.
So I’ve decided to come up with a new way to deal with my stress..anytime I feel like I’m about to blow my lid, I think of adding 4 more kids and a business to run to the mix and I just bask in the awe that I have for my mother for a few minutes, then I feel better.
Whoo, just thinking about it made me tired! Don’t know how you do it mama!
For another mini-bus! Woot! Woot! The other day we had so many people riding back with us that we had no choice but to drive the mini-bus, which is awesome! although pretty expensive…I think my mom said it cost almost $180 to fill the bus up, just thinking about that makes me feel a little nauseous lol, but with gas going up everyday and people less willing to spend every penny of their check on gas…well it’s been mighty good for business. Yay!
The funniest thing to me about my mom starting Wynchester Hope Shuttles is that I get to see first hand how miserable and unhappy people can actually make themselves.
Our job at Wynchester Hope is to get our customers from point A in Sacramento, to point B in the Bay Area, on time. That’s it. If you’re able to get some sleep during the ride, bonus! There are multiple stops we have to make on the way because sometimes there are other people to pick up. I guess some of the riders have decided that they are more important than anyone else and since they don’t like waking up when the van stops, they have taken it upon themselves to tell the drivers not to stop. Are you serious???? AND catch an attitude when the driver stops anyways, because you know, that is part of the job, stopping at the places my mother, the OWNER tells them to stop. I just can’t wrap my brain around it. People are stupid.
It’s been over a month since I went to the dentist to get my wisdom teeth pulled, they told me about a few of the things that could go wrong since one of them was severely impacted, numbness, pain, broken jaw, ect, but since a tooth extraction is such a routine procedure I never gave a second thought to something actually going wrong…*sigh* I haven’t been able to open my mouth more than 1/2 an inch ever since…apparently one of my teeth was so impacted that when the dentist pulled it out it damaged one of the nerves connected to my jaw.
This sucks so hard! I miss sandwiches, burritos, pizza, eating apples without having to slice them….yeah I know I’m doing a pity party thing right now but I don’t care lol, I’m sad. That is all.
Today my mama spent a huge chunk of time at the DMV waiting to take her written test for her class B license…aaaannnd she passed! Woot! Woot! and that is DEFINITELY a good thing since today we had so many people to pick up that we couldn’t take the van, my dad had to drive the mini-bus! What a blessing!
Now my husband needs to get on the ball and get his class B out of the way so we can put the vans to bed and use the mini-bus as our primary vehicle…I see so many big things for Wynchester Hope! Today is only the beginning!
Lot’s of exciting things going on this month! My mama is turning 50 years young! Which is so hard for me to believe it’s not even funny, I always thought of 50 as being sooooo old! But looking at my mama, she’s doing more now than 10 years ago! It makes the thought of getting old(er) much easier to deal with lol.
My husband is turning 30 a few days later and like a fool, I agreed to cook all this food for him that I have no intention of eating (tuna casserole? that sounds disgusting!) guess I’ll be getting Chipotle for myself on that day lol
But the most exciting thing happening in June is that me and Rich will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary! I can’t believe we’ve been married 2 years! We’ve had some good times and we’ve had some rough times but I feel like I’ve been blessed enough to marry my soulmate. Yay!
My poor mama, since she started Wynchester Hope Shuttles back in February she has basically been working non-stop, she does EVERY 4am shift, on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays she works all 3 shifts, 4am, 12pm and 8pm..that is ALOT of driving! Oh and on the days and shifts she’s not working she is either running back and forth across Sacramento filling up her vending machines or she’s notarizing something lol. Super Mom! Speaking of Super Mom, let’s not forget to mention her 6 OTHER kids!
So finally she hired 2 other people to work the weekends and it looks like she may actually get 2 weekends off in a row! Even though I know my mom wants and definitely needs the sleep, I’m REALLY hoping that she will decide that we should all take a family trip to Six Flags on one of those weekends lol, or even better, Angel’s Camp! Me and Rich can watch the kids while you sleeeeeeeep! Hint, hint mama!
Today is my son’s 1st birthday and even though today is a joyous day I am so sad because my baby is growing up. He doesn’t need me to hold him all day long anymore, he’s content to sit on the floor and play with his toys, he’s walking, starting to talk…it’s weird because he seems like he’s growing up even faster than my daughter did!
Mama, loves you Sonny bunny! Don’t grow up too fast!
Yesterday me and my mom went to Sacramento Memorial Lawn to see my grandparents who are buried there, it was the first time either of us has gone to see my Grammie since she passed away in 2009.
It was definitely a shock. Her headstone was had her name, the date she was born and the date she passed away. That’s it. There wasn’t a cross, a rose, an angel, a border…nothing. It looked like the State had buried her. It just made me so sad to see because my Grammie was bigger than life, she had such a presence and to be reduced to just a name and a few dates…I guess it solidifies that she really is gone.
My Aunt and Uncle took over all the preparations for my Grandmother’s funeral and…I know that a headstone is just a material thing and of course she probably doesn’t care since she’s too busy getting to know Jesus, but it just seems like…it tells me how much she meant to them…nothing, a name and a few dates.
Oh and just to make it clear, my Grammie left this world with several hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank so I KNOW it wasn’t about the money. Sad.
Today we picked up another customer on the 12 o’clock shift, making that 40 (count ‘em!) full time passengers! It’s almost hard to believe! So on Thursday my husband Rich is going to go take the test for his commercial license so he can start driving the mini-bus. We’re on our way to taking over Northern California ya’ll! Watch out!
A few weeks ago I was talking to an acquaintance of mine and mentioned that my husband was working a double shift that night, and I can’t recall exactly what they said but it was something along the lines of…they would rather spend time with their family than work double shifts because money isn’t everything…something like that, for some reason, this made me incredibly upset, this person knows that I am a stay at home mother, they know that my family is trying to get our business off the ground, I don’t know how they think I’m able to stay home, it’s because my husband works!…I think it might have been the tone of voice they used…
I think about when I was growing up and how much my mom and dad worked…well mostly my dad…my mom worked as a Correctional Officer for 15 or 16 years but for some reason my most vivid memories of my mother are of her being home, making carrot cake (hint, hint mama!). My dad worked ALL THE TIME and still does, but I knew that he was working like that to give my mom and us kids the best life that he could.
I know this particular post is kind of all over the place but I jut wish that people would save their snarky comments if they don’t know the whole situation. My mom, my dad, my husband, they all work as much as they do to make sure that the next generation can have the best they can provide. Don’t judge.
I’ve been feeling very blessed recently, before my mom started Wynchester Hope my husband Rich was working as a security guard for two separate companies, 7 days a week, he was rarely home and when he was he was sleep, and we were still struggling to make ends meet. Now he’s working for my mother as a driver, and except for a few bumps in the road at the beginning it’s been going really well. I don’t have to worry about something happening to him, he’s home more, and unlike being a security guard, there is actually a future in Wynchester Hope. For the first time in my life I’m feeling like my future is secure, I’m feeling like…my time will come. Thank-you mama. I appreciate you.
Wynchester Hope is really coming along! We’ve got the 24 passenger mini-bus, my mom just remodeled her home office and it is REALLY something! We’ve started training our first employee…it just seems like….wow! we are really making it!
Sometimes (even though I really SHOULD have seen it coming) I can’t believe that my mom has done all this! It really does seem that one day out the blue she decided to start her own business and the next day it just…happened! I mean yes, I know that my mother spent a lot of money (mini-buses don’t just grow on trees) time, energy and effort but you don’t see any of that on her face because she finally found something she loves and is passionate about, so that’s all I really see.
Thank-you for blessing my mama and allowing her to do all the things she’s always dreamed of. Thank-you for giving her the clarity of mind to take care of all of the trivial things that go with running a business that most people would never even think of. Please continue to give her strength and wisdom and to always guide her footsteps on this most wonderful and amazing path that she is on.
I’m just going to be honest, I was a terrible kid and a worse teenager. I did everything I wasn’t supposed to do and nothing I should have.
I know that the very definition of a mother is loving their child unconditionally, but to me (and I could be biased lol) MY mama really set the bar. My mom always has and always will be my very best friend in the whole wide world, I love her more than I think I could ever express to her, and now that I have children of my own and I have to worry about Kelley and Sonny putting me through the same crap I put my mama through, well…I just hope God is merciful lol
Yes, yes, me and my mom were supposed to go to Philadelphia to get it… *cough, mama, cough* but plans had to be changed, that’s the way of life, anyways I’m super excited that it’s here and I can’t wait to go see it, unfortunately since gas is currently $214 a gallon I won’t be able to go see it until Sunday lol….unless a certain mother would like to drive the 14.1 miles in the mini-bus to surprise her favorite daughter with a ride shot-gun and a Jamba Juice…just a thought lol
My mom was a Correctional Officer for 15 or 16 years but she has been a housewife for a huge chunk of my life too, but the way she did housewife and the way I do housewife are two totally different things lol.
My mom had a hustle about her that for whatever reason, I just don’t have. In the years that my mom was at home, she sold Avon VERY successfully, started an at home daycare, which was also successful but some of the parents may have forgotten that it was DAYcare and not pick my kid up whenever I feel like it-care, she was a Notary, crocheted and sold afghans…the list just keeps going.
My Grandpa used to tell her “You just wanna run something” I don’t think he even knew how right he was, ever since Wynchester Hope Shuttles started, my mom has seemed so happy and confident…sure she’s exhausted all the time, but it seems like that good tired, like after you work out and you just feel all warm and glow-y
My mama..Grandpa was right, and I know he’s loving watching you run something lol
How does my mother do it? Wynchester Hope Shuttles has been going strong since February and so has my mama! Since she and my husband are the only drivers right now, and we run 24 hours a day, I’m feeling so much respect for them both that I could just burst with it…but I have to give the edge to my mom! On my husbands days off, he sits around the house making a huge mess for me to have to clean later lol.
On my mom’s days off she’s taking care of business! Doing vendor runs (which take hours) taking care of the notary side of things, constantly tweaking the website, researching ways to make the business better… but even the war-machine needs a day off and so…
We’re hiring! I am so looking forward to seeing how this plays out!
There are a few people in my life who are the very definition of a negative person, you ask them how they are doing and they tell you 14 things that are wrong with their day, when you try to point out the good the only response they can give is “I guess…” nothing is ever good enough, nothing ever makes them happy, everything is #FML.
Then I think of my mom, she has always, always looked at life as an adventure, she is the type of person to not let anything get her down for too long, her entire life motto is “lets keep it moving” and I think it’s that attitude that gave her the courage to start her own business, if she would have been one of those negative people who could never see the beauty and fun and laughter of life she would have never even had the energy to do all the things she does, because, well being miserable is exhausting! lol
I’m SO happy that my mom passed that on to me, life is too short to sit around miserable. Thank-you mama!
On Sunday my mother has her first Notary signing which is awesome, but she’s just a little nervous and so today I thought since not only are we a family based business but also a Christian based business, I would include a few bible verses that my mom shared with me when I was nervous or worried about something.
Casting all your cares on Him, for He cares for you~1 Peter 5:7
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me~Philippians 4:13
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind~2 Timothy 1:7
My mother is one of the most generous people I know, she is generous with her time, her money…if she has it, and I need it (or even sometimes, just want it) she gives it, no questions asked.
She decided recently that she would supply the people who take our shuttle with free sodas since she’s doing the vendor services also, well they repaid her generosity by leaving empty and half full soda cans all over the seats and the floors of the shuttle.
That kind of behavior just makes me wonder what is wrong with people. I mean how much energy would it have taken to just take your garbage out with you? Already they are leaving coats, jackets, cell phones, ect in the shuttle so they don’t have to carry those things back and forth, which is fine, I can understand that, but you are really going to leave empty soda cans on the floor of the shuttle?? Where is the home training?
Get it together people, we’re drivers not janitors.
Wynchester Hope Shuttles runs 24 hours a day, 3 shifts running to and from the Bay Area, taking the exact same route every time, we have several shuttles but for right now we’re only using one, when one shift ends, the shuttle is filled up and parked, waiting for the next driver…pretty simple right? I mean it doesn’t take much brain power to wrap your mind around that one, and yet, the people responsible for giving us our gas cards (one of the perks of working in Marin County) just can’t seem to grasp the concept.
My mom has sent the woman she has been talking to since Feb 1st (the day we made our very first run) a letter outlining the route and gas stops that was so insanely detailed and repetitive that at first I thought she was joking to see how long it took for my eyes to glaze over, but no, she was deadly serious, THEN she read me the email that the women sent back to her telling her that she still didn’t understand about the gas stops..and of course until she DOES understand, we don’t get our gas cards!
I think what I like most about Wynchester Hope is that it’s not going to be just about shuttles, it’s whatever we can imagine. My mom recently got her notary license, she has her sellers permit, she has recruited me to crochet…anything I want to really, to sell at the flea market…all under the Wynchester Hope name, I think that’s pretty cool.
My personal favorite is the vending machines (maybe because I have had a love affair with Pepsi since high school lol) she bought, maybe 40 vending machines only a few months ago and they are already turning a profit! Who would have thought a soda machine would be such good business! lol
For me, it’s just amazing to see these things that I would never have thought about doing in a million years, really taking off and doing so well! They are doing so well that she’s even talking about putting a soda machine in front of the house for the neighborhood kids…I would be more excited about that but she’s making me pay for the soda’s too lol
This weekend has just been the best! We all went to Golden Corral to celebrate my dad’s birthday, I was able to see my family and I’m coming back feeling refreshed and inspired!
When my mom came up with the name Wynchester Hope for the business, at first I just thought it sounded pretty cool, but this weekend, spending all that time with my family and my husband’s family, the name took on a deeper meaning for me…”Hope” It really is what makes life worth living.
My hope for my children and my young siblings is that they take what my mom has built and make it bigger than either of us could have ever envisioned. My mom likes to say “our only limit is our imaginations” and you know what, she’s right.
My mom watches ALOT of reality TV, some of it is to be expected, like American Idol and Mob Wives and some of it is just…well different lol
A week or two ago I was at my mom’s house and we were watching a show called American Stuffers, and it’s basically about this family who has a taxidermy business and let me tell you, it was much more interesting then I would have imagined lol. It got me thinking, what does it take to get your business made into a reality show because I could sure use some of that reality show money! I can see people being interested in a family based transportation company, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that on TV before…hmmmm
Today my Mama and Daddy are celebrating 20 years together! and like Wendy Williams likes to say “I love their love” lol
I’ve been married just under 2 years and even though I love my husband with every fiber in my soul, I can say with feeling that marriage is not for the weak! It takes more work, patience, prayer, and strength then I ever imagined and my mom and dad have been hanging strong for 20 years! Congratulations! and thank-you for showing me how it’s done.
I love you both <3
This is SUPER old and my mom is going to kill me for putting it on here! LOL
Starting a business is tough, and keeping a business going can be tougher still. Not only are you in charge of everything, but you are also responsiblefor everything, which can feel like quite a burden. Don’t worry though; it’s all going to be all right. All you have to do is make yourself into the best businessperson you can, preparing yourself for dealing with the trials and tribulations that come with being your own boss. Here are three Essentials:
1.) Have a clear set ofgoals and values.Knowing what you want is essential of any business plan, but understand what you are willing to do to get there is an entirely different story. The area of business ethics seems to be quite an unspoken “guideline” to many companies, but the truth is it’s a component of doing business that’s extremely paramount.
Take my friend, for example, who runs an ice cream truck. All of her ice cream product comes from Wilcoxson’s Ice Cream, a locally owned and managed business. If she were to buy her product from Costco or Walmart, she could absolutely get it for a lower price (thereby increasing her profit ratio), but the quality just wouldn’t be the same. It’s worth it to her to serve only the best ice cream available, which has kept her customers coming back year after year.
Before you go into business, make sure you know where your values lie. That way, when a decision comes up that needs an immediate answer; you won’t have to waste valuable time deciding between the right option and the option that doesn’t mold with your business values.
2.)Communicateoften and clearly.Any group of people, whether it’s a business, a family or just a close-knit group of friends cannot function properly without effective communication. That means make sure your clients and employees have a clear understanding of everything that is going on and everything that is required of them. Give customers frequent updates (when their product is set to arrive, how that architectural drawing they hired you to do is coming along), and give employees clear-cut instructions.
And don’t forget the most important part of effective communication: listening. It’s vital that you are listening to your customer’s wants and needs and your employee’s concerns and ideas. A successful business is an evolving business, and the best way to make sure you’re an evolving business is to have an open line of communication.
3.) Nip problems in the bud.It’s incredibly important to catch problems as they arise. Have there been some issues with your product arriving on time? Sit down and figure out if a different shipping schedule needs to be put into place. Is there an employee with a bad attitude? Bring them into your office and take care of it. Maybe they are going through a difficult time at home, or maybe there has just been a misunderstanding that needs to be straightened out. Either way, it’s important to make sure small problems don’t turn into larger, more significant (and more damaging) problems.
What tips do you have for running a successful business?
Growing up I used to play this little game in my head, where did I see myself in 5, 10, 15 years…of course I seen myself married and with beautiful children, but I was never able to get much further than that…I was always adrift, changing my mind on what I wanted to BE, what career I wanted to have, and so I’ve never had a career at all, just a bunch of random jobs until I had kids, then I became a stay-at-home mom, because…well really because it’s just cheaper for me to stay at home lol.
Today I decided to play that game with Wynchester Hope, and in 10 years I can realistically see us taking over Northern California. I believe we’ve found the perfect niche! There are hundreds of people who live in the Valley and work in the Bay Area and telling from the number of customers we already have, most of those people don’t want to make a 2 hour drive everyday, and that’s where we swoop in to save the day like a transportation superhero!
Wynchester Hope Shuttles is really starting to grow! Everyday we’re taking on new customers and the shuttles we have just aren’t big enough to accommodate everyone, and soooo….ROAD TRIP!!! Me and my mom are going to be going to Philadelphia to pick up…
And I couldn’t be more excited! 24 passengers! And this is only the beginning! Look out world! Here we come!
When other little girls were dreaming of being princesses and ballerinas, all I’ve ever really wanted, from as far back as I can remember, is to be like my mama. During those terrible teenage years when every other girl I knew hated her mother, I thought mine was the coolest there was.
She has always put my wants and needs ahead of her own and has taken care of me WAY past the point of just being a good parent. Here she is still taking care of me and my family. Giving us the opportunity to be on the ground floor of something that I know in my heart is going to be amazing, Wynchester Hope Shuttles.
Don’t get me wrong though, she has made it abundantly clear that I am to keep things going once she has gone on to glory, no choice in the matter LOL, but I’m happy to carry on my mother’s dream and legacy, in a way, it makes me just a little more like her.
Something has been bothering me…as a kid there were certain rules and behaviors that were expected of me, they were hammered in daily, “respect other peoples things”, “you catch more flies with honey”…I’m assuming that other children were told these things too, that I’m not the only person in the world that was told how to act. So what happens to these rules when you grow up?? Why do we throw them out the window?
Wynchester Hope Shuttles isn’t Big Business, we are a small, family owned, family run company, we don’t have the money to just go replacing seats in the shuttle all willy nilly when some overgrown child calling himself an adult decides to climb OVER the seats! What is the matter with you?? Would you climb over the seats in your private car? I doubt it very seriously.
But like my mama always says, we just gotta keep it movin’
Once I got out on my own and realized that the toilet paper doesn’t just magically replace itself, you have to go out and buy it, and that keeping the heater on 80 degrees and then walking around in shorts will send you to the poorhouse, I started wishing that I would have been born an heiress. Was it really too much to ask that my daddy had invented something that could have us all rolling in the dough? I mean that’s the American Dream right?
I see Wynchester Hope Shuttles giving my children that very dream. We’re already expanding, taking on new customers everyday, I’m not going to say too much just yet, but this next step we’re about to take is really something…
Kelley-Christina and Sonny, thank your grandmother when we’re all jumping into piles of gold like Scrooge McDuck LOL
My mother is SUCH an inspiration to me. One day she decided she was going to start a business, and today (only a few short months later) that business is thriving. My mama shed her blood, sweat and tears and endured dissapointment from everyone who swore they would help her, including me and my husband and all she has ever said was “Let’s keep it movin’” and Wynchester Hope Shuttles is the culmination of all of her hard work and positive attitude. Thank-you mama for being such a wonderful role model. I love you.