This is where I have been for the last couple of weeks – MY spot on the sofa.
Not ill – just hibernating!
I was discussing with my eldest last night his lack of motivation to find a new Saturday Job. “But I actually like doing nothing” he protested. And the problem is I totally get where he is coming from.
Having sat on the sofa for the best part of two weeks determined to “HAVE SOME TIME OFF” *she says with a slightly maniacal look in her twitching eye. It was slightly scary how quickly I have become used to doing nothing.
Now having just sat back and reread that sentence, it’s not quite correct. I have been doing stuff, just not necessarily work stuff.
- I have read three books. All of them trashy!
- I have nearly finished a rather scrumptious jumper from Mrs Moon.
- I have planned out what seeds I’m going to plant for next years veg crop and where I want to put the greenhouse I have yet to acquire. (More about that later.)
- I have watched Seven Brides for Seven Brothers for the 10 millionth time. (My daughter was obsessed by it as a littley, and we know all the words to all the songs!)
- I have researched plant based recipes that might, just might be OK for all the members of my fussy family.
- I have researched staying Iceland for my big birthday in November.
- I have joined a new Gym and booked in all the classes I want to do. (Yes I know you can see the irony too.)
And, yes at times I have just sat with my feet up, eyes closed and just thunk thoughts. And yes, a lot of those have been about work.
So I haven’t really been doing nothing. I have just been doing ‘different stuff’. And it’s OK to have time away from what you do everyday. Well that’s what I have to tell myself as I’m not really very good at that.
When you run your own business, and you are the business and the business is you – to a certain extent – it is very hard to switch off.
But with the whole team on a break I have switched off and really enjoyed it too. Time off does have its benefits and the longer I am running my own business the more I am beginning to see that this is actually an essential part of running my own business.
Time off has made me want to come back with renewed vigor! Going Cold Turkey (please forgive the pun) has cleared my mind and allowed me to focus on this new year.
Last year was tough, both personally and professionally. We moved premises, lost team members, commitments to certain projects meant we didn’t produce as much new stuff as I would have liked and I have had to shoulder the financial burden after Charlie’s accident. But I have answered the call and last year we gained a new key team member, grew our audience, doubled our turnover, created 3 new patterns, ran our first sewing retreats and have completed a big new project that will go live next week.
And we have lots of plans for more ace stuff for this year too. I’m excited and can’t wait to get back into the studio on Monday.
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Happy New Year!