I’ve had this blog post in my mind for such a long while now. I kept thinking….”nah..no one wants to hear this.” or “really? who cares?”. So….I shelved the idea. Then I began hearing a lot of great friends and business acquaintances express similar thoughts as mine….like EVERY DAY. That got me thinking….maybe people DO want to hear this. It seems like enough people I know are at the same place that I’m actually seeing a sort of “movement”. What am I talking about? Well…here goes:
Running a business…big or small…is HARD.
Being a Mom……is HARD.
Running a business AND being a Mom can be, well, ……BONE-TIRED EXHAUSTING.
Running a business and being a Mom in a bad economy? Well….I won’t even go there.
During the Summers, when the girls are out of school, I’ve always had 2-3 childcare options available to me. This Summer? ALL of them fell through….at the same time. Needless to say, I had about 2 hours of complete PANIC. How am I going to be with the girls all day AND keep up with my business? It’s already hard enough to balance work and family (ok..let’s be honest. THere has NEVER been balance..just the constant attempt and constant failure cycle!). I felt the world closing in on me. Then, I had a moment of clarity. THIS is God presenting you with a perfect opportunity to ENJOY your Summer with the girls. For the last 6-8 months, I’ve been positioning ZozoBugBaby to be more present on the wholesale front, which means designing lines about a year in advance. As of now, Spring/Summer 2013 is about finished and ready to be photographed and handed off to the reps and showrooms. So….why CAN’T I sit back and enjoy my Summer?
I miss those days, when my business was in its infancy, of sitting at a park all day and soaking up the beautiful days! I realized that I’m SO READY for a break. I’m ready to just ENJOY my children all Summer long and put being “MOM” at the forefront again. I was first inspired by my friend, Kelly Moore. I guess maybe it was a year or so ago now, she moved to the country, stopped being so BUSY, and just became MOM (ya know..aside from her bag empire!). She has given me some great advice in that arena! Then came my great friend, Kim Adams. She gave up her busy photography business and just became MOM. She is, like me, a creative dynamo and can’t NOT be creative or she’ll wither and die. Kim is now creative, but is MOM first and not a businesswoman. She is doing what she LOVES and is HAPPY now as a freelance stylist! (Psst…Kim is the stylist for the big upcoming Spring 2013 shoot!). Seeing their brave transformations just really really inspired me!
The more I expressed my desire to change how my business functions for the Summer, the more my business-owner-friends had the same goal! I hear of someone new almost every day now taking the Summer OFF to do personal projects and just ENJOY life~! I think it’s FANTASTIC!!! I know first hand that when you are a very passionate creative type (ok…and in my case…seriously ADD), you can so easily get caught up in that desire to MAKE THINGS. It’s like tunnel vision sometimes. Maybe those of you with a “moderate” personality can achieve balance easier, but…I’m an extremist. “Balance” is merely that middle point I whiz by on my dash from one extreme to another! LOL.
So…I thought…WHY can’t I just do what I love and create 2-3 one-of-a-kind pieces each day or just a few a week, throw them up on FAcebook, and then go bask in the sun? There is no reason! LET’S DO IT!
I’m on a “BACK TO BASICS” movement! I am SO excited (and a bit nervous) to embrace this opportunity given to me to grow closer to my babies, make crafts with them, go swimming, hang out at the zoo all day and just BE MOM. I know so many of you out there want to do the same thing and it sounds like many of you are!
So….this blog, over the Summer, may have photos of me at the park, some cool craft tutorials that I do with my girls, and quite possibly, the stress of hearing them fight with each other all day. But ya know what? I’m SO looking forward to it! You will still see lots of new goodies up in the shop and on the ZozoBugBaby Facebook page, but…they will be limited….mostly one-of-a-kind and ultra special. I would love to hear about anything new you are looking forward to doing over the Summer! Are you simplifying your life? Doing what you love? Maybe I should create a Flikr group of snapshots…”What I did today”?
See below. THis will be my Summer………savoring the little moments……every day…….:
Not perfect….but real.