VACATION COMING SOON!
Yay! The past few days have been incredibly hectic. I have pulled 4 all nighters in 9 days and while the end result is great--I have finished and shipped all US orders placed through Friday (a couple days ago), the fact is that I am so incredibly tired.
Don't get me wrong--I am thrilled. I am in a really good place with my business--did I mention that on top of everything else since BODY + SOUL, that KZM Facial Care Boutique landed on the Business & Finance section front page of The Daily Messenger last Sunday? On top of the other regional press, my business outside of my suburb has skyrocketed..It's great on one hand, but with some nuances to work through since so many of these wonderful ladies have never heard of Etsy and would rather order on the phone :)
All in all, this has been a great experience for me. After all this time, I have managed to find my true niche and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I am trying to show Nick and Ben that no matter what they want to do in their lives that they can do what they want to do and make that into a career. They know their mom enjoys what she does, and a happy mother makes even happier children. I have told them as much as they can understand about what I do--although Ben doesn't "get" that there are people on the "other side" of this computer. Nick knows that in a few years I plan to open a brick and mortar store. He already tells me he wants to work there "selling candy for free" when he is older.
Now that I have gotten majorly caught up, I feel that a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I've had to make choices--cutting back on the number of products available, and eliminating local delivery (going from a handful of deliveries a week to a few dozen is time consuming)--in order to make sure that I am able to keep it manageable.
So here I am looking at my calendar--Thankgsgiving will be here soon, and then December.
I am taking some me time, a vacation. I'm going to catch up on rest and spend more time just taking each day as it comes without deadlines to meet. I am taking a break in December.I plan to do so every year. Having young children makes the holiday season magical. Completely magical. Nick and Ben have been sitting every single day circling items they want Santa to bring them from the Toys R Us and Target toy books. Watching them do this reminds me of how excited I used to be to read the JC Penney and Sears toy catalogues as a young child.
Time passes so fast. One minute you're holding your baby, swaddling him, rocking him, pushing him in his stroller, and the next minute your little one is reading books aloud and is just a big boy. That's my Nicholas. Even Benjamin has grown so much and so quickly. I love to decorate for the holidays. I love to spend time reading all of my favorite Christmas books from childhood, as well as our favorite Jan Brett holiday books. I love to bake. I used to bake something for the boys every few days and I don't want to tell them mommy is too busy to bake them cookies or help them assemble a gingerbread house. I want to savor every single moment of this holiday season.
I will only be gone for a few short weeks--enough time to enjoy the holidays and spend my anniversary away at our favorite B & B with my wonderful husband--then I'll be back in 2009. Taking this time off will also allow me to get lots of stuff made up and ready to keep turnaround time super short in 2009.
I will still be here with daily posts at Chic & Green, though! Anyway, it is a quiet night in the Mott house tonight. I think I'm going to enjoy this work-free night and have a snack with my hubby since he is finally done watching football. Have a fantastic night, everyone. I'll be talking to you tomorrow.