You might have noticed that over the last week or two, it's been a little quiet on the blog front. Usually I have everything planned out in a month in advance so that I can keep things consistent around here. After all - consistency is key to this. Consistency also paints a nice rosy picture that everything is awesome and self employed life is all buttercups and rainbows and skipping through meadows.
The reality is - running your own business is bloody hard. Like seriously hard. There are so many elements to running a business and as a one woman band you have to juggle them all, successfully.
It's a delicate balancing act between pushing yourself and not burning out.
Right now...if I'm 100% honest, I'm feeling a little burnt out. I don't know why, but it felt really difficult to admit that.
Part of building, and being a brand online for me is always staying on message. I try to always stay positive on social media, any negativity I keep offline and talk through with my friends instead. I share my 'best bits' online. Instagram is like a little curated display of all the good things that I'm getting up to. It actually serves as a great reminder when I'm having an 'off day' that, on the whole everything is pretty awesome.
It doesn't however make up for the fact that being self employed is really stressful. Especially at this time of year when everything is ramping up for Christmas. Right now I'm having to fulfil everyday orders as usual; design new festive products; order in new stock & supplies; prep for craft fairs; stay on top of accounts and continue to manage wholesale orders - as well as plan marketing; keep the blog going; stay on top of accounts AND set goals and plans for next year, etc etc.
Add to that a stinking cold, and well - it can all get a little bit too much. I often find myself thinking is this really worth it? Wouldn't life be so much easier & less stressful if I went back to a normal 9-5 job? It's times like this where I need to take a step back - pause for a second and reconnect with why I'm doing this.
Tomorrow I'm taking a day off to do just that.