My life right now, is pure and utter chaos, as I am sure it is for most artisans and craftspeople who make a living selling their art. This is what my day looks like:
7:00am - 3:30pm: Take care of the kiddos all day, squeak in breakfast and maybe lunch. Go through emails, orders, Etsy stuff and feel really bad that I am neglecting my little one. Mutter about the dishes piling up in the sink again and throw in a load of wash that I will inevitably forget to throw in the dryer and have to re-wash. Repeat.
3:30pm - 5:30pm: Tidy-up, work some more, play with the kiddos a bit, do the day's dishes. Hubby cooks dinner so HOORAY!
6:30pm: Scarf down dinner, apologize for leaving the table while everyone is still eating. Work.
7:30pm: Help get the little ones out of the shower, put one to bed.
9:30pm: Sit down to work-work.
2:00am: Realize that I didn't do the dinner dishes yet. Discover the wash I did earlier that now needs to be re-washed. Sigh...
2:30am: Quick 2 minute shower.
It is no wonder I am going insane. This is really my life. Ack. Reassessing my choices right at this very minute.
So, anyhoo, I am working late again tonight. Watership Down is keeping me company as I pack up these early Christmas orders. I’m wondering about closing up shop sometime in December. I realize I just can’t keep up with my Etsy sales, wholesale accounts and now 4 scheduled trunk shows. Yeeesh. This is a good thing tho', right? Just trying to find that balance, one where my work life complements my family life and doesn’t turn me into a grouchy mama, hypothetically speaking, of course. Ha.