By: Tara Barber

I worked harder in those summer months that I ever had up until that point. I was literally working from 7am – 9pm Monday thru Friday and 9am-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays in May and June. I lost 15 pounds during that time and only saw my boyfriend twice. This wasn’t something College Pro mandated, and not every franchisee in College Pro did, it was what I chose. I wanted to do big numbers and nothing was going to get in my way.

It’s hard to keep that up, not physically but mentally and emotionally.  In your brain you’re always working, always thinking, planning and worrying.  To keep up that pace while keeping a level head for your painters, customers and yourself, you need a release. College Pro promotes these releases, and they recognize that as College Pro franchisee’s you work hard and that you need to play hard.

The events throughout the summer allowed me to keep my sanity. Emerald Lake was a painter appreciation camping event in June where your painters got a chance to meet other painters and let off some steam, and franchisees got to meet up with your fellow franchisees and see their teams. Managers Weekend is a weekend in July for all the franchisees to get together at Wilderness Tours camp, go white water rafting and bungee jumping. It comes at the best time, because typically you’re just finishing up with the crazy time in the summer (May-June), you probably have lost your mind a few times prior to this, you still have a final push to the end of the year but the relative calm is just around the corner. We also had a skydiving event in August which was amazing. It came at a time where I could just enjoy it, my summer was wrapping up, I was making money and I could just jump out of a plane and enjoy it.

The big events were pretty extreme, but so is running a College Pro franchise, so they fit well. Then there were the smaller events, the times that 2-3 franchisees went out for food or drinks, or just boosting each other’s ghetto production vehicles. They were all good times that allowed for that mental release that we need when life starts to blur. That was a big lesson for me that I learned at College Pro.  If I’m going to work that hard I need to play equally hard. College Pro enables those play hard moments better than any other company I’ve worked for, and, thanks to them, I’ve realized I just need to create them for myself.

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