Okay guys, I’m going to level with you.
But first, I want to get a little housekeeping out of the way. I am blown away by the fantastic response to the new bags! I had high hopes, but somehow the reality has exceeded them. Our Navy Tote and Navy Tote and Pouch Combo (so far the totes and tote combos are the most popular) sold out yesterday! I know. Crazy. But the good news is that we make them in Chicago and will have them re-stocked quickly. So feel free to pre-order the bags for a May 21st ship date.
Now back to the overwhelm. I’m going to be honest, usually I wait a bit more time before leveling with you here on MML about things I’m learning. But this time I think it’s best that I come out now.
Last night before bedtime I fell on my bed and had the sweeping urge to cry.
For the past two and half weeks my life has been one long unending push. I moved, flew to SF, shot the lookbook, met Mr. Lively’s parents, flew home, prepared the bag launch, walk/ran 13 miles, launched the collection, made a great new commitment to an awesome organization, and trained for a half marathon. And so, so much of this – if not all – is positive. Nothing bad, just too much.
At first I thought this was kind of like training for a race and learning to run at a higher tempo. I thought that I could adjust to the increased pace and push through with copious amounts of love and caffeine. And that has worked up until Tuesday. But even the list of still-to-dos is unending. I have a house warming and launch party to prepare for tomorrow evening, meetings the next two days, a final half marathon training run, and tons of orders to get out the door.
And more and more frequently I’m finding that my body simply cannot continue. So yesterday during my emotional overload I had a cry with Mr. Lively and resolved to take off my plate what can be adjusted so that I can continue going forward, focusing on the essentials. Here is what I have prioritized and dropped for the next several days.
- Get our orders out the door.
- Buy new bath towels and make the girls a new bulletin board.
- Figure out what I want to serve at the party tomorrow and respond to emails about the party.
- Clean the apartment before guests arrive.
- Move bookshelves to create a new packing station for Jess LC.
- Organize the food cupboard.
- Attend my two business meetings.
- Finish other essential Jess LC tasks.
- Run the half marathon. – I will simply sign up for another one later this summer or run the distance on my own a few weeks from now when I have time to train properly.
- Do the laundry. Though it would be nice, it’s not necessary before Friday’s party.
- Get curtains for my bedroom closets.
- Organize the linen closet and office supplies.
- Stay up late checking stats and thinking about the studio until bedtime.
- Post on MML tomorrow.
So there you have it. Making this shift and taking things off my plate is allowing me to appreciate the amazing-ness of the past two weeks without stress about the next few days. I hope that by lightening this load I’ve placed on my shoulders my body will start to get it’s life back.
I owe it to myself to design and protect my life and peace of mind. I am responsible for my life and how I react to it.
Thanks for listening, supporting, and caring. I’ll see you back here on Monday.