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Calming the Chaos

Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.  – George Santayana

This year’s first step towards my dedication of 2011 to B+B is organizing my time and space.  I need structure to thrive and increase production, inspration and motiviation.  This is crucial in striking my work-from-home balance.  I didn’t leave my previous job to be a SAHM.  I left to be able to WORK from home.  The biggest difference of course, is keeping myself focused on work when I’m at home.  Return Emails or sort laundy?  Count inventory or vaccum?  Unfortunately, when I’m home I want to home stuff – like watch all my DVR shows in one sitting!  

Last year was dedicated to my family.  When it came down to it, I mentally prioritized my home life over the business.  My family was the whole reason I took on the venture so I needed to make sure I wasn’t forsaking it.  So my personal schedule set the pace of the business.  With a year of Kindergarten behind me and my youngest to turn 4, I am more comfortable switching gears. 

During the quest for advice on how to handle  my (what I thought was) unique circumstances, I came across a great resource that fits my situation exactly.  Oh My Handmade Goodness blog (www.ohmyhomemade.com) is an amazing community of entreprenurial crafters making the most of their little lemonade stand.  Filled with creative women, most of whom are moms that left amazing tradtional careers to create their own definition of “having it all.” 

Here are some of my favorite posts:

1.  This post helped me organize and create productive structure.

2. This post is the inspiration for my new office/sewing room (more details to come!)

3.  This post is a great intro to social networking tools.

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Happy New Year!

Can you believe its the end of a decade?  This has been probably the most signficant ten years of my life.  I got married, bought my first home, moved into a second home, had a baby, and then another baby and of course started B+B.  I have to say I’ve lived the past ten years living my life how I thought other people wanted me to live my life.  Moving into the next decade, it’s all about me making my own rules!  B+B is a huge part of that.  This business is a complete expression of who I am.  Whether you know it or not, I’m laying my bare soul out for the whole world to judge and reject or embrace and celebrate.  Let’s hope its more the latter. . .
Anyhow, I want to proclaim that I have achieved my first business goal rather quickly and over the holiday found myself a little lost as to what’s next.  But a long overdue conversation with my sister at midnight at the local Waffle House helped turn my discouragement into a quest for re-inspiration through re-assessment.  It was beyond setting a new goal.  I’m in a completely new place in a completely new economy.  Some soul searching is in order.
Eager to do so, I’ve been anxious for the kiddos to get back in school.  However, a back injury and snow days have made it near impossible to get in my “zone”.  Alas, this week I got to my fourth chiropractic appointment and kid-sharing with other moms just might do the trick.
Here’s hoping!

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