It was on the way back from my trip to the post office yesterday that I realized I should probably stop at the grocery store. Our kitchen has been so bare. We've been eating out for weeks. I really don't remember the last time we cooked. Thanksgiving?
And it's not just cooking that has been put on the back burner lately. Cleaning. Blogging. Showering?!
Is it me or has this holiday season been extra crazy in the handmade world? It's pretty incredible, no? I really think the handmade movement is catching fire more and more.
I see sellers closing shops to catch up on orders. I see sellers announcing shop closing dates for the holiday. I see a lull in the blogging world as we all struggle to keep up with our shop work.
What is so meaningful to me is the fact that sellers are still making sure to take time for themselves. They are taking a step back from their shop , whether it's to catch up on orders, take a break, enjoy the holiday, etc. That is so so important for sellers to do and I don't think we do it enough.
The truth is "vacation mode" can be scary for sellers (well, for me at least). There's the fear of missing out on sales. There's the fear of a slow shop once it's reopened.
Having an online business is demanding. As sellers, we can be faced with irrational requests or expectations that, quite frankly, stress us the eff out. We work hard, and sometimes we are too hard on ourselves.
It is not easy to feel constant pressure to do well, please all customers, create new things, promote said things. It is not easy to have the work.never.stop.
We deserve a break.
When I started seeing announcements about shops closing, or sale cut-off dates, I wanted that too. I wanted to be able to go a few days without having to process orders. I wanted to have the time to focus on other things.
So, on a slight whim, we booked a quick trip to Maui over New Years. (eek!)
Will work still be on my mind? Yes. Will I still work in others ways? I'm sure. But the point will be to get away, relax, daydream, rejuvenate and get inspired all over again before Valentine's Day season starts. It could easily be a bad business decision to leave town right before my busiest time of year, but right now I just feel like....I need this. I need this time for myself.