A place for everything, everything in its place.
~Benjamin Franklin

This is another great one from Ben Franklin. This is the motto or theme for every parent, especially with multiple children. I feel like one of my greatest battles involves my Attention Deficit Disorder and my inability to stay organized. If I do not stay on top of things, with 4 children, the world can be turned upside down. These children, as wonderful as they are, let’s face it, are devastatingly destructive. So, order in this house is of the most utmost importance. For other parents fighting the battle of order and organization in their home, I want to offer my condolences. However, I have come up with a solution that at least works for me. TUBS. Seriously, tubs have saved my life. It takes some time but the first place to start is with the TOYS! Cars go in one tub, trains in another, ninja turtles and army men in one etc…once that is achieved, the closet is next. I go through each and every shirt, pant, shoes etc…to bag or tub what does not fit. If I’m going to save it, I put it in the boys tub or girls tub. If I am going to pass it down to another family, I create a bag for them. Then I get the smaller tubs and organize the bathrooms, the medicine cabinet, the kitchenware etc…I am still in the midst of this process but the tubs have literally saved my life and my sanity. I am positive I did not invent this process however, I want to pass it on to other parents who may not have considered this route. Good luck and remember, a place for everything, everything in its place. 

~Nikki

http://www.coastiemarine.com

Never put off for tomorrow what one can do today. ~Benjamin Franklin

This quote is great and has a special place in my heart and mind. I am a born procrastinator as I have convinced myself that I work better under pressure. However, I often add much unneeded stress to my life which is detrimental to the mind, body and soul. Therefore, when I find myself considering putting off something until later, I repeat this quote in my mind. It is like a little reminder that I might as well knock out whatever task is at hand because I will regret it later. Benjamin Franklin was an accomplished and wise man and probably felt he lived his life to the fullest when it came time for him to pass. I want to feel that way when it my time and I certainly do not want to leave behind any unfinished business!

Thanks, 

Nikki Hairston

http://www.coastiemarine.com

Website Builder?

Anyone have any suggestions on who to use as a website builder? I looked at godaddy.com but none looked good for marine repair services in Jacksonville, FL from the ones I saw.  I also looked at other sites for competitors in the area and found one that was designed by Web.com, anyone ever used them? I really want to find a good & applicable one with a template designed specifically for boat repair or marine repair.  I will keep looking and look forward to any suggestions!

 

Thanks,

Nikki Hairston

http://www.coastiemarine.com

Small Business Entrepreneurship!

Ok, I realize starting a small business in these poor economic times is probably an insurmountable feat buut I think we going to do it! I have a strong business and accounting background and my husband, Cliff Hairston has a strong background as a marine electrician. He served in the Coast Guard as an E6, First Class Electrician for 8 years. He passed the chief exam but was medically discharged, honorably of course, in 2009. He has been working as a marine electrician in Jacksonville, FL for about 4 years for Honeywell, Inc. Recently, we were fishing at Sister’s Creek and just got to talking about how he loved to restore or fix up boats, especially boat surround sound and stereo systems. We have been living in Jacksonville on and off since 2007 and noticed there are not that many marine electricians in Jacksonville, FL and thought we could start a business in this area. The grand idea involves custom install of marine sound systems and stereos. However, the business will also offer installation and repair of navigational equipment, install and repair of sound systems and repair of any other boat issues such as lighting or electrical work. This also involves looking for a piece of land that we could run our business on and live on. We could either have the shop in front or back but definitely have enough room on the land for boats to be pulled in an worked on. There is also the idea of purchasing one of those large aluminum buildings and creating a shop out of it. I personally believe, as a person with a strong accounting mind, that this is a great idea! Jacksonville needs great marine electricians, after all, we are a port city! I am working on a business plan now and the website and the land. I think if we take it one step at a time, keep overhead costs down and market properly, this business could be a fantastic success! Any thoughts, suggestions?

Nikki Hairston

http://www.coastiemarine.com