Hi everyone!Â Thanks for all your ideas and suggestions on packaging.Â Sounds like we’re all in agreement that a little “thank you” note goes along way!Â Sometimes I think it’s those tiny gestures that can make such a difference.Â Good thing to keep in mind, right?Â I’m now in week 2 of working from home.Â Not sure I have the hang of it yet!Â I’m still working the same hours (well, I’ll admit – I sleep in an extra Â½ hour now – the funny thing is how much of a difference that makes.Â Must be psychological!)Â Partly I’m working these hours because my hubby does – I don’t want to start working just as he comes home!Â But it’s also because I haven’t let myself fully open up to this new adventure – so much is on the line that it’s hard to feel like I can take a moment and just enjoy.
My mom used to always say to me “don’t forget to enjoy the journey”.Â To which I’d roll my eyes, say something to the effect of “ugh” and then go back to agonizing over paint chips, job hunting or whatever task was overwhelming me.Â It’s one of those things that you absolutely know your mom is right about – you just don’t want to admit it!Â The funny thing is that I get it from her – she was a worrier – it must be passed down generation to generation.Â But I know she was hoping I’d escape the clutches of it.Â So I’m trying to figure this out still – how do I just enjoy this adventure when there’s so much to worry about!Â Do I need to be hypnotized?Â Brainwashed?Â As I was in the midst of a level 10 freak out, Jess sent me this link to this week’s Biz Ladies post “How to Avoid Burnout as a Creative Entrepreneur”.Â Uh oh – looks like I’m on that path to burnout – and I’ve barely started!!
“To start and grow your business, you need:
Inspiration + creativity + biz know how + production + systems + a million other things.”
Yep, that’s pretty much my to-do list right there (especially the million other things!)Â No wonder I’m feeling frazzled.Â And you know what’s gone by the wayside?Â The things that inspire me – reading design magazines, spending time devouring design blogs and even things like working out or reading a book – they’ve all gone out the door because I don’t feel like I have time for them.Â But that’s exactly what will cause me to lose my passion and excitement for this.Â Don’t want that! So like the article said – I need to go back remembering the big stuff like why I wanted to start this business and not lose myself in all these tiny details.Â When I think of that – I immediately get excited about all the possibilities and the fact that I’m living my dream RIGHT NOW!Â So I’m trying to figure out how to fit in time to just enjoy.Â Perhaps scheduling it in?!Â Of course right now is crunch time – only a few weeks left until the store opens!Â I can’t wait for you guys to see the website – we’ve finished the design portion and I’m thrilled with how it looks.Â I’ve been receiving lots of beautiful products…I’m telling you, I don’t think I have the patience to wait 3 more weeks for the store to open!!!
And are you ready for this?Â I’ve started writing content!!Â Note to self:Â the hardest part is starting.Â Since I could tell I was procrastinating on this, I decided I needed to make it fun and take away the pressure.Â So I set aside an afternoon, cranked up some music and just started writing.Â I didn’t look at any other sites to see what they’re doing, didn’t consult any magazines or blogs for ideas…I just wrote.Â Even if it was awful, silly, incoherent…it got written down.Â On paper.Â Old school style!Â (sometimes I find that getting away from the computer and just putting pen to paper gets the creative juices flowing)Â I definitely need to edit and edit again (grin) but, the hardest part is over – I have some content to work with now!Â And it’s me.Â I think it’s hard to remember that that’s partly what I’m selling or there’s a fear to just let loose and be me.Â But I think that’s what draws people in – when you’re just yourself.Â Some will love it, some will hate it, some won’t get it!Â But isn’t that our niche – those who love and get it?Â Now I just need to finish the content this weekend…