Clean Up Time & Reflections

The shop has been in sale mode all week, and as such I've had time to do some much-needed cleaning around the studio. All those not-so-fun things that tend to fall to the bottom of my to-do list are finally getting taken care of, from bookkeeping and accounting to cleaning, mending and all the other unglamorous matters that come with running your own business solo.

Don't take this the wrong way, though. I'm grateful for every day I'm able to make a living doing something I'm extremely passionate about. I love it, I really do, but on the other hand, the work never ends … ever! There's always something to be done, and the fact that I work from home often makes it difficult to shut things down in the evening.

I've been trying to find balance in my life since leaving my day job in February and taking Dalena Vintage full-time, but it's proven more difficult than expected. I mean, here I am seven months later still exploring new schedules and experimenting with what really works! The balance between work and play is such a fine line for me, one that's become especially blurred because work is play now, something I've never quite experienced in my other jobs. It seems that may be the recipe for a workaholic but regardless, I'm getting by one day at a time and learning what works best for me as I go. I've come to realize that, although the hours are long and seemingly never-ending, it's OK to take a bit of time off every now and then. The shop will survive and the world will most definitely go on, even if things get a little chaotic. 

 Pile of vintage mending via Dalena Vintage

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