When I was student teaching, my mentor told me that if she could teach me one thing it would be to "do your best and forget the rest." It's been years, but I think I may have finally learned how to do just that. It's all about priorities and time management.
I wish I could tell you that I discovered some magic formula or schedule that allows for perfect balance...I didn't. I have just learned to take things one day at a time. I have been making little decisions and changes every day, and things just keep getting better and better. The problem is these changes are different for everyone, and are constantly changing.
Here are some examples of what has worked for me...
I'm phasing out my button swap program.
Who really looks at those things anyway? After some serious Statcounter analysis, I've discovered it is completely ineffective and a serious time waster. The best way to promote my favorite shops & blogs is authentic mentions and links through posts or social media. I spend too much time emailing, button making, uploading, and linking and it's all for nothing really. I will now be supporting indie biz in REAL ways.
I stopped doing daycare.
It was the easiest money I ever made but it was just not working for us anymore. Matt is working from home, all day summer care last year didn't give me enough quality time with B, and it was seriously cutting into my junking time :)
I'm staying up late.
I have serious insomnia problems and have had for years. I'm learning to just listen to my body and sleep when I'm tired. I have more quality time with Matt, and get to read and relax more, when I stop acting like an old fart and stay up past 9!
I'm doing more shows.
I get more bang for my buck at shows. Etsy is a lot more time consuming. I'll still continue to put stuff online here and there, but it just makes more sense to do shows. Plus I love hanging with other dealers and chatting with customers. I'll be escaping the heat and selling in Pinetop on July 21st and there are some rumors of an indoor show here in the valley...stay tuned.
I'm loosening up with B.
Right now she has her Bitty Baby stuff sprawled all over the living room and she is listening to obnoxious cartoons really loud...and I don't care. This sort of thing used to drive me batty. Also, next week I'm taking her to the salon to get her tips dyed hot pink. I never thought I would let my almost 8 year old dye her hair pink, but really,who cares? We'll trim it all off right before school starts and it's FUN!
There are lots of other little things like spending less time tweeting, decorating my home, reading more, coffee dates with Matt, keeping up with the laundry, getting involved in local politics, and escaping up to the cabin. I could go on...it's the little things that add up and make the biggest difference!
I hope this inspires you to do some thinking about your priorities, and to let go and relax a bit. I also need to you to remind me about this post the next time I say I'm stressed!
I have some great blog posts in the works that I am excited to share in the next couple of weeks. Think vintage obsessions, a money saving tip, decor updates, and easy crafts...stay tuned!