January 24, 2013

Growing Pains

I took a much needed break from blogging and my Etsy shop while I took care of some of the business of living.  And while I took a break, I found myself as busy as ever working on things behind the scenes.  It's not easy running an empire, so many details to attend to and manage.  I'm hoping to find ways to delegate more, outsource some tasks and eliminate others all together.  In all my busyness to make a living I so often forget to make a life.  I don't take time to connect, it's all work, work, work.  And while it's fun and the best work possible, I don't feel I'm always doing it right. 

So what is the right way to run a business?  I think I need to look at the end first, I have to ask myself, "What do I want this business to look like in 5 years from now, in a year from now?" And work backwards to make that happen.  I do know I don't want to be running things the same way I am now, that's for sure.  While I'm so very thankful for my success, if does come at too high a cost sometimes.  And more importantly I need to find ways to make more income without driving myself into an early grave.  Hence the quiet and the making of plans, thinking things through and taking stock.  It's not easy to stop and say, "Hey this isn't working for me, I need to find a better way to do this!"

The photos are from the snow storm that has reintroduced me to the term lake effect snow and I'm afraid I've turned into a hermit this week.  Winter is always lovelier from inside of your toasty home looking out!  But the thing about winter - it means spring is just around the corner...And I'm going to take that lesson for my business too, even through there are changes and growing pains right now, good things are going to start sprouting up and blooming soon. 

This is from my new line of jewelry that will be launching soon.  I can't wait to share it with you! 


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Anonymous said...

So glad you were able to take some much needed time for yourself. You were missed!


TesoriTrovati said...

There is something so restful, so hush, about those pictures. It makes me want to hole up and get cozy. I have been experiencing a pulling back. I am not sure why. But I told someone today that my creative energy seems compromised. I feel that I am at a standstill, that I am standing in the muck with no way out or through. I am sure this is just temporary. And because I am faced with a mountain of paperwork I should have tackled a month ago. Today is the day for it. No way around it. And then maybe a big cleaning out this weekend. Your comment "In all my busyness to make a living I so often forget to make a life" really leapt out at me. I am right there. I love the new jewelry and wish you all the best in that endeavor! I know that it will be great. Enjoy the day. Erin

Marie Cramp said...

I have learned so much from you. I am grateful for all the things you have shared with me that have helped me grow as a person and a business! I hope the spring brings you the changes you are looking for <3

Brandi Hussey said...

This line absolutely resonated: "In all my busyness to make a living I so often forget to make a life."

It even inspired tomorrow's post!

I, too, forget to rest and step back. I get so caught up with work and handling everything myself. Delegating or outsourcing parts of the process might be a great thing to do. Must think about ways to cut back and streamline, or simply make time for living, too.

Excellent post, Heather, thank you!

The Blooming Hare said...

You are such a beautiful soul Heather, I love how you can look out at the world and apply the changing of the seasons to your own life. Roses will be blooming soon for you, and even those around you will enjoy their sweet fragrance.

p.s. Those photos look like they emerged from an old movie, well done!

sandi m said...

Beautiful photos of your landscape, Heather. We continue to be spared the whiteness on the southwest side of the Lake.

Decisions - yes, they do take time and planning, and more time and planning, all while trying to keep the creative spark glowing.

I've been in a 'stuck' mode as of late; need to hone the focus and plan.

You are an inspiration in so many ways. Love the new pieces with the hammered metal.

Unknown said...

It's so hard to make a decision when you're so busy working. I'm having a second full knee replacement - talk about forced thinking time! Your work is beautiful and I love your book - maybe it's time to do a second one.