I find one of the hardest things about being a business owner, particularly one with disabilities which impact my immune system, is allowing myself the time off to get healthy. It’s especially difficult when I have commitments I need to honor. When I can’t do everything and keep up- I’m my own boss, but that makes it hard to accept my limitations. I can’t pass responsibility to anyone else but I also have to be as healthy as possible in order to make the art I love.
October I over-comitted myself and wore my body down. November/December I was sick and barely managed to keep up with orders (but I did- miraculously- manage it). Now I’m just finally starting to come alive to the long list of obligations which fell by the wayside.
Apology notes for those commitments which I was unable to complete on-time. Donations to Featured Charities who have been patiently waiting for checks which got put on hold while I was ill. New jewelry designs which have been drawn out and waiting for me to have enough energy to create. Contact new non-profits which might be interested in being featured… and slowly chip away at the to-do list which now seems like it has become 3 miles long, while making conscious decisions about what items can just be taken off without completion (I’m not going to even pretend to try to create blog posts for the last several months).
Life continues. For my part, I wish you all a happy and healthy 2015; I thank you for both your support and patience this past year as we work to make the world a better place, one gift at a time.