19.4.12

what I've been doing

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My shop has been staying busy and while I am so grateful, I am also so tired. It's not always easy to run a business and be a mom of a toddler as well as carve out time for my blog and any extra projects. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do and thankful it is something that helps to support my family but some days I could use an extra few hours.
I usually spend about 10 hrs a day working on some facet of the business while I juggle my other responsibilities. Typically I go to bed around 2:30 am and am up again before 8 or earlier. When I really have insane amounts to do, I eat terribly and look a mess.
I share this because I know there are some of you out there whose lives look similar.
The value of taking breaks cannot be underestimated. Just leaving the house and getting to the grocery store or going outside for a bit can do wonders to help me refocus and find new motivation. That along with spending some quality time with Israel and Jeremiah of course.

What do you do when your list of responsibilities seems to overwhelm you?

ps-those earrings are miniature version of my standard earrings. I've had a few custom requests for them but I was thinking of adding them as a regular style in the shop. They're really cute up close!

27 comments:

  1. Aw, sorry to hear this Jennifer! That is definitely not enough sleep! Hope you find balance (or an intern?!) and things get better soon. Just know that you're a rockstar!

    P.S. I would looove to see the mini earrings as a regular style!

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    1. An intern is exactly what I need...finding one is the hard part.

      Thank you for the feedback on the earrings, I'm definitely considering it!

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  2. I just recently discovered your blog and love it! I'm in the same boat...blog, shop, part time job, kiddo to take care of, etc, etc. Here lately I've felt so overwhelmed that I just don't get anything done at all. Writing myself notes seems to help! Then, when I can toss a post it or cross things off a list, I feel a bit accomplished. That and I make sure to read a little bit every day...keeps me sane :)

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    1. Sounds like good things to me.
      I write endless notes. I have 2 different notes pads next to me at all times, one for my shop and one for other things. I also try to use icalendar for deadlines but seem to forget to check?!

      I hope you're able to make more time to read. ;)

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  3. hi dear. got my earrings, today, thanks so much! and i think 2012 is the Year We All Get Interns. let's do it! xo

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    1. I think you're right, we should declare it the Year of the Intern(s).
      Or I really don't want to think what will happen if we don't!

      :)

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  4. Oh! Those are my earrings! They are lovely. I can't wait to get them. Thanks so much, and believe me, the work you do is definitely appreciated.

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    1. Jessica, yes, those are yours!

      Thank you so much. After the week I've had so far, yours words mean heaps & heaps!
      :)

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  5. COMPLETELY EXHAUSTED with nothing to offer, except, I hear you and hang in there. Me too.

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  6. I so know what you are talking about! I don´t know what to do when I get back to my dayjob???
    I wonder where I can find all that time then, if I have trouble finding it now... Well I go now and continue growing my eyebags:))

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  7. gosh i know how you feel, nights that I get the luxuary of having to sleep I can't because my brain doesn't want to, an eye mask and a camomile just isnt enough!!

    But I do think that my best ideas come when everyone is asleep its my most creative time of day

    http://frilliesforfillies.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. Well you know that the same is happening in my little home across the globe ;) I hope you get some time this weekend to have little break, or a slightly earlier night. Hugs from me :) x

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  9. p.s. love the earrings :)

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  10. First off - I love my new jewelry. The earrings were a pleasant surprise!

    Second - when I start to get completely overwhelmed I employ a few tricks: 1) I SCHEDULE time off. It's not spontaneous or glamorous but it works. 2) I have a glass of wine. Or two. 3) I stop checking my email after I've had my glass or two of wine - nothing is going to get solved and no fires are needing to be put out at 8PM (typically). 4) I paint my nails. This sounds cheesy but the time it takes my nails to dry forces me to literally slow down so I don't smudge them.

    Breathe.

    XO,
    Kathleen

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  11. I have the same problem, really. Confounded with insomnia. Unfortunately, I can't find the balance of work and rest, and even if it's not true I always feel like I'm behind. My way of coping? Once a month I have a period of about a week when I check out. As in, I keep telling myself I should work, but instead I either sleep all day, do the errands I kept postponing, or go stay over at my sister's. Just so I could say all the while 'I have so much to do, I should have brought my work with me!' It's an annoying, vicious cycle, I know...:)

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  12. First, love the fist image, lovely earrings and second when I get overwhelmed I just take one day to do nothing, stay in my pajamas, play with my son, and stay late with my husband watching a movie. Hope you get some rest very soon, have a lovely day and weekend.

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  13. your blog looks so beautiful, jennifer!! :) i'm the same as you, wishing for more hours in the day. i love just going outside, like you say. it puts everything in perspective when you're feeling overwhelmed. and chatting with friends at the playground:)

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  14. Beautiful! I've been patiently waiting for my order to be shipped, so I know you are working hard behind the scenes. I look forward to getting them and appreciate your hard work! It looks great!

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  15. I am just so glad it is finally the weekend and I don't do half the stuff you do.

    I love your blog and those earings are so pretty--what you do is really appreciated and inspiring.

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  16. as i am almost in the same spot... - do you work 10 hours with israel around? noa is at daycare for several hours a day, but when he is around there would be no way (or hardly) i could get anything else done than things around the house where he can "join in" :-) asking just out of curiosity - and admiration. ps: we also have an intern right now. and we will in the future :-)

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  17. I know how that feels! I go to school full time and work two jobs so I'm always on the go... 24h is not enough hours in a day! I try to go out and spend time with friends at least once a week, even if it's a monday evening or going out for an ice cream cone!

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  18. Saw them in person, <3'd them! Lovely meeting you Jennifer!

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  19. When I am exhausted I either look a good movie or just read a book with a good cup of tea or cacao. Sometimes I like to go alone to a nice cafeteria to have breakfast, alone, with newspapers or new Elle Interiör. If I have more time I escape to my mother's country house for a good wine and a chat. I wish it was summer already, warmth and sun gives so much power!

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  20. i reduce my list of responsibilities. i stopped blogging for etsy team blogs, left a team, & do the minimum for my treasury team. i stopped blogging every day and read fewer blogs. still need to work on that one. i stopped trying to list items in my shops every day. and i started working out instead, doing pilates and spending more time with my husband and son. much more rewarding than sitting in front of a computer all the time. i'd really like to be making jewelry & thrifting, but my 2 shops ended up having me spend more time in front of the screen. so i make things when i feel like it and thrift for myself instead of the shop. i figure my son is only young once.

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  21. I LOVE!!! the mini version of your earrings!!
    Hope you are well :)

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  22. Hi! I just wanted to tell you how lovely and adorable your pieces are. It's so difficult to pick out which ones I want! Love, love, love!

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  23. I've just started an etsy shop and although I'm at the very beginning of what I hope will be a big journey, I already feel like I've been on a huge journey just to get there! If I need to escape feeling overwhelmed, I either sloth about in my pj's and watch something that I can fall asleep to. Sometimes, sleep is all you need. If that doesn't help, I'll leave my little apartment ( the size probably doesn't help with the overwhelm ) and go for a walk in the city and buy my favourite gnache chocolate horn from the asian bakery. If that doesn't make me feel better, a hug from Mum does the trick :)

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-Jennifer

 

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