I feel like I write about this a lot here: the striving to find balance that is a constant when one is trying to run and maintain one's own handmade business. Or, at least, it is a constant for me. Recently, I visited family in Idaho and was able to really slow down and relax for the first time in a long while. It helps that this was my view most days:
My mom and I stayed at my Aunt Mary's house. It is surrounded on all sides by these gigantic pines. Gorgeous!
It's funny/obvious how getting away from my regular day-to-day life helped me gain some perspective on things. Mainly this: it helped me see how lucky I am. I love living in Oakland. I love that I am surrounded by creative and daring individuals to whom success is not defined by a paycheck but rather the level of joy and satisfaction they get out of their lives. This is good living.
Upon getting back tho, I knew I had some big decisions to make about Tangleweeds. Basically, I have a pretty awesome business opportunity, but I'm not sure if I want to take it. I can't really get into the details of it here, but the gist of it is that I feel like I may be taking on a bit too much given where I'm at with Tangleweeds currently. I don't want to grow to big too fast and have everything get out of control.
Which brings me back to how I opened this post: balance. I feel like this decision I have to make is going to sincerely test my balancing skills.
So, there's all of that. Sorry to be so vague and cryptic, but I'm sure you fellow creative souls understand. In the meantime, here's some kitty-cat goodness to make your day that much brighter!
His name is James and he's part rag doll part Siamese, my Aunt's cat. He was my alarm clock!
K, now time for some soul-searching-decision making. . .