I was originally planning to just take a few weeks break from the shop. I'd just put it in "vacation mode" over Christmas and launch it right back up the 26th.
I even had this crazy idea of creating New Years Eve clutches that would be ready to ship.
I mentioned this grand plan to a friend, and she jokingly said "You are a glutton for punishment."
She meant it as a joke but it stopped me in my tracks.
I was driving myself into the ground and I needed a break.
So I left my shop in vacation mode.
I deleted the post on Facebook promoting the New Years clutches.
And I shut the door to the room where I sew.
Instead, I've been reading a lot of books. I've been going to bed on time. And I've been resting. My house is even decently clean.
I've also been thinking a lot about my shop. I still want to do it -- don't get me wrong -- but I want to do it in a way that keeps my life healthy.
Sewing orders as they came in became a bit insane. I could do it, but it meant that I was sacrificing a whole lot. I don't even feel like I enjoyed the Christmas season because I was so busy. I don't want to do that again.
Right now I'm preparing my shop to reopen but I'm doing things differently.
>> I'm planning. No more last minute runs to the fabric store. I'm ordering and organizing.
>> I'm sewing. I am going to make items, list them, and when they're gone, they're gone. Unless enough of you can convince me to make another batch. ;)
>> I'm giving myself grace. I work a full-time job that I actually like. I'm married. My dog requires two walks a day. Heck, I'm planning a trip to Europe. Things are going to be chill for the next month or so and that's TOTALLY fine.
So that's where I am right now. The shop will open soon enough but until then, I'm taking it a bit easy.