When this year started I thought I had it all figured out. This was going to be the year I focused on my blog, get my life balanced, and my home organized. I had it planned out. I thought I knew what the year would bring… growth. What I didn’t see coming was a late night shopping whim. I was looking around on the Michaels website. I purchased craft supplies to make UV resin jewelry. My supplies where going to take too long to get to me. So, the next day I went to my local Michaels and bought more supplies. I can be very impatient especially when I’m excited about something.
When I purchased my supplies I figured this was just going to be a hobby. Something I could do for me as a stay-at-home mom. I fell in love within minutes of creating my first pieces. Within a week I was opening my own small business on Etsy. I had no idea how this would change my life and my family’s lives. I needed to make room in my schedule for running a small business. When I started this, I did not think about how much time I would be spending on my new business. I no longer had the time I had for chores and other things that needed to get done. I had no idea how it would upset the balance I had created in my life. While trying to get my new business up and running I lost track of some of my priorities. I got so wrapped up in making jewelry, researching SEO, taking pictures, learning to advertise, writing descriptions, etc. I realized that even though I run my business from my home I still needed to set hours and only work during those hours. I then needed to schedule housework, meals, kids, all the things that I did before I opened my small business.
The first thing I did was create a schedule I thought would work. For the most part, the schedule worked with a few adjustments. Now, the hard part of sticking to the schedule. I am a person that is great at creating a schedule but I’m terrible at keeping to a schedule. I get so distracted so easily. I can keep to a basic, general schedule but getting into a more detailed schedule isn’t. it is something I am working on.
We are almost halfway through this year and I’m not sure I’m any closer to having a balanced life. I feel like it is a constant stressful mess. And all I have done is add to my mess to make it messier. But I am still taking it one day at a time.