Too much to do, too little time.
I am back in retail. Not crafty retail, but retail nonetheless. Mind you, I have never forgotten the challenge, excitement, terror, and exhilaration of retail---duh!....that is why I moved into the wholesale "business to business" side of the world. Frankly, I just didn't need the thrill ride provided by the RETAIL ROLLER COASTER so I took an easier path. I had a high maintenance husband and spectacular, albeit high maintenance, kids. I also had a houseful of critters, an overgrown garden, and a passion for politics. Yup, I like all of my lives and the wholesale business was a better fit for me. I worked out a manageable system to keep all of the balls in the air and have been happily plugging away for years, making mistakes and fixing them, making others and working to fix them, in a manner that became quite comfortable. Yup....I could do it with my eyes closed........but life changes.
....I SHOULD'VE KNOWN!
The bottom line is my spouse has a new livelihood and has asked for my help to make it work. I have conducted a realistic PRIORITY TRIAGE so that I can get focused on what is most important over the next few months. Sometimes life forces you to choose between really good stuff. There are only so many hours in the day, blah, blah, blah and I have to adapt to new responsibilities.
Accordingly, I am taking a hiatus from the Crystal side of my business. No more weekly crystal specials for the time being. I have to get used to juggling some new balls. Although I will continue to focus on the fiber side of my business, I need to focus more intently on hubby's new Office Furniture Business. I am working to develop his website, planning store events (cigar tasting, anyone?), and generating customer newsletters. I will continue with the blog....after all, retail is retail, whether you are selling skeins of yarn or a conference table.
My biggest challenge right now:
Learning to work with my husband. It ain't easy and we might just kill each other before it is all over. See...he has a very strong personality. A very strong personality. I have been told...once or twice...by those who have worked with me in the past....that I also have a forceful nature. Yup....It is going to be a wild ride. A wonderful opportunity for personal growth, yes indeed. It will build character and bring us closer. Yes.
I need some encouraging words from those who are happily navigating the world of family business dynamics.
Pearls of wisdom anyone?