I really believed that as my girls got older that I would have more time to focus on my shop & really build a business. This couldn’t have been further from the truth. I know it will come but what I don’t want to do is wish these years away. I just don’t want to. I have no regrets for what I’ve accomplished in the past but one thing is clear, the Summer months are the most stressful for a home based business. I came to this full realization this during February break and series of winter snow storms. I really tried the best that I could to balance it all & it was manageable most days. We had some fun days skiing, going to a children’s museum and painting pottery. Mixed in we had some days at home when the girls played & I worked.
I’ve discovered recently that I really have a lot of interests. This is good in many ways but also makes life a bit more challenging.
My main interests are my family, my shop, my dachshunds, cooking, running/yoga and gardening. I love them all. I think it makes me a well rounded person. When I focus on cooking then the cleaning slacks off. When I focus on my shop my running slacks off. There is just not enough time to get it all done.
My family by far takes up the majority of my time. My littlest daughter has life threatening food allergies so some of the “prepared” foods are quite dangerous for us. So cooking becomes integral part of our health and not something I can shortcut.
My littlest said to me the other day after I complained about not having enough time during the day to get everything done “but mom you have 6 hours while I am at school to get it all done.” I almost fell on the floor. One night, I was complaining to SSJ about only having 6 hours and what the little one had said. I am not sure either of us understood exactly. Where does that time go?
So I set out to document one day 6 hour day and it might look like this:
- Let the dogs out
- Make Breakfast for the kids
- Clean up dishes
- Feed the dogs / Kids off to school
- Tidy up the house / Laundry / Shoveling
- Work in my shop for 1 hour
- Workout 1-2 hours (dressing, shower after)
- Lunch / Make Dinner
- Clean dishes
- Work in my shop 2 hours
- Prepare After School Snack
- Take kids to activities
Then of course the evening is just all about them with homework and our bedtime routine. If I have a few errands to do or groceries or shoveling. I can scrap 2 hours somewhere in there.
This summer I will not have my summer helper/sitter/intern this year. We are working on staying on a budget and spending money on help is just not in the cards for us this year. We have some home projects we are trying to save for. I am grateful for the summer help we’ve had but my oldest is going into middle school. I want to make sure she is ready & that we have a fun / learning summer.
I’ve decided to “soft” close my shop on 6/30/14 when school ends. I will leave my shop open for ready to ship items. I will not be taking custom orders or bridal orders. So please get your orders in to me by 6/15/14.
My girls are going to do a 1/2 day camp in the morning. It is summer school so they will be focused on reading & music. This is just a 2 month camp. During this time I will be training to run my fastest 5k in 20 years. I am hoping to run faster than when I was 20. I have to look up the exact time but it will be under 19 minutes. This is hardly world record pace but when you are turning 40. It is good to know that it is just a number.
The month of August they will be home full time. Making the days much more of a challenge to even squeeze in a run. I will probably run intervals in my front lawn & make use of my treadmill. Not horrible given it is the hottest month of the year.
I respect so many of you who have already made this decision for your families & you’ve given me the strength, love & support to make this decision. I have no doubt I’ll still want to make or create. These items you’ll see listed in my shop. I have no problem packing up an item for the post office but I don’t want the pressure of custom or made to order items during the summer months. It causes an enormous amount of stress. I found this out with the 15 snow days we had this winter which made it very hard to complete orders as fast as I am use to getting them out.
This does’t change my end goal but maybe this cottage business takes a little bit longer than 5 years to grow. Gardening also takes patience. You need love, water & sunshine. I think my girls and I need a little bit of this too!
Thanks for all your love & support.