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Monday, September 21, 2009

The First Week - A Review

I made it through my first week as a full time small business owner and guess what ....

It was great!!

What did I learn?
Lesson one: It's definitely going to take some time to get into a routine. I can tell you the it took just one Monday of me sitting around watching the Today show and knitting until 11:00 for me to realize that as much as I don't want to, I need to pry myself away from Meredith and Matt and take a shower early on.

Lesson two: My brain definitely has set times of the day that it wants to do certain things. I'm finding that the mornings are generally when I want to do the boring shop things. Organizing my inventory, labeling products, packaging orders, doing some research .... The afternoon is definitely my creative time. I have a fantastic sun room in our new house that I love to spend ... well most of the day ... but my afternoons working on something. I've been designing some new cards (photos for you tomorrow!), and working on orders in the wonderful sunlight while listening to the radio and the sounds of nature outside. That itself is another change - I don't think Chicago had "nature" sounds :)

Lesson three: Take time to do other things. One of the things that really like about our new situation is that I can work from home. You have no idea how much you can get done around the house while working! I'm taking the time to unpack a few boxes ... bake a loaf of bread ... get some groceries ... mop the floors ... dust ... even can some spaghetti sauce because all of those things are really a nice break during the day. Things that I can take 15 or 20 minutes to work on but saves so much more time later on in the week. My hopes are that gone are the days when my husband and I have to spend the entire weekend cleaning because we just don't have time or energy during the week. We can finally spend time together and not mad that we are doing chores and not outside having fun.

We'll get there eventually. I'm sure we'll be unpacking and hanging things up and working on some home improvement projects quite a bit, but even with all of that ... we spent all day yesterday watching football. Yep. A lazy September afternoon sitting on the couch working on my new sweater project and watching football. It doesn't get much better than that. We even won $25 in our Packer pool, but don't ask about my Fantasy league. I wasn't paying attention to the fact that yes 4 of my players weren't actually playing yesterday. It wasn't pretty.

Oh, and the biggest thing I learned last week???

My dog doesn't actually do anything during the day ... My husband leaves for work and my dog sleeps until noon ... Exhibit A:

OK really the most exciting thing I learned this week ...

You know how my shop has been growing the last few months??? I'm starting to think it may not have been a fluke!!!! Why you ask??

I had 6 sales last week!! Yep!! 6!!!! In one week!! I used to have 6 in a month!

So that definitely made me happy :) Here's to another week of orders and getting into a routine!

Until the next time ...
The girl behind the Lama
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Anonymous said...

Great post and a beautiful blog! Congrats on leaving the grind!
From one stay at homer to another, it's a great way of life...and knowing yourself and your up and down times, makes it even better. My schedule is a "loose" one and always subject to change. It does seem that I do more now than when I was out in the "real" world. I'm always on the run and things can get a little chaotic but it's "my chaos" and that is the best chaos of all:)
and yes...the dog does sleep all day:)

Lonesome Road Studio said...

I'm pretty sure my Jane does the same thing as your dog, LOL!
Congratulations on quitting the day job, I look forward to doing it someday myself. It's always good to hear that it was a good decision.

Athena's Armoury said...

Congratulations on your new endeavor!! I'm sure you'll find a schedule that works for you and fall into a routine before you know it. Good luck!

Waterrose said...

I work from home and you definitely form a routine...and I also realized my dogs have a routine....sleep, eat, go

Mary Ann said...

It sounds like you're getting used to your new routine. I'm going in the opposite direction. After years of staying home with my kids I'm going back to work full time next week. It will take a lot of getting used to.
Love the photo of your dog.

Anonymous said...

Great blog! I quit my day job awhile ago as well. It's definitely been up and down but very exciting! I will be following you :)

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a beautiful situation! Enjoy every minute :) your dog looks so happy and perfectly content. Great photo!

Jenni said...

Congrats on your sales! When I'm's hard for me to pull away from Matt & Meredith too ~ Cheers

Moonangelnay said...

my little hairy friend sleeps all day bless him, but then again he's ancient now so i think the old man in him has something to do with it lol!

As for routine... i have an energetic little boy so for me i have to take each day as it comes, but luckily things still get done! keeps ya on your toes i guess! i like the variety though :)

fab blog btw xxxx


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