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Success Kicks My Rump; The First Summer of Owning Our Own Business

Wow, what a summer.

I have always been driven.  I once took a test where it rated my drive and my numbers were so off the chart, my boss called me to make sure I was okay.  I was also off the chart in terms of organizational skills, so I think that helped calm him down a bit.  At least I wasn’t driven to the point of chaos.

a high drive to succeed has always been a blessing and a curse.  On the one hand, I get the job done.  I was in sales for a long time and if there was a number to hit, I hit it.  On the other hand, I wore myself out and, sometimes, was taken advantage of by the companies for which I worked so hard.  I felt a great sense of personal success but that didn’t necessarily translate into career advancement.  I didn’t like that part.

So, this year, I own my own business and all the hard work I put into it directly comes back to me and my family.

Great, right?

Well… mostly.

Even though my family and I directly benefit from all the hard work we put into our business, I am still prone to over book, over work and over commit.  And, the cost of doing this seems higher than ever.  Why is that?

I dunno.  I do know, though, that this summer has been HARD work and, while more successful than I would have imagined, I am tired!

We did 10 fairs/festivals between June, July & August plus started a pop-up retail outlet at our local coffee shop.  And, I have to say, we rocked it!  We sold more stuff, met more people and had more fun than I would have imagined. And, I am tired.

So, I am glad it is fall and we get a chance to regroup.  I may plan our next summer a bit different with a few more days of rest in the middle of it all.  Or, my drive may get the better of me again and I will be just as tired sitting here a year from now as I am today.  It seems like this one is a life time lesson.  Either way, I have always loved fall and am loving it this year even more!

Enjoy the season and craft on, my friends!


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