Life is a whirlwind lately. About the only constant I have is my day job. My evenings are crazy. My weekends are insane. After I put the boys in bed at night I have miles to go before I can sleep. Between Christmas shopping and errands to run and tennis practice and filling orders for the shop, I am all over the place. And I don’t see it slowing down any time soon.
I don’t know why the holidays get me all wound up like this. I feel like I have to do ALL THE THINGS. We have to get Christmas photos taken, put up decorations, shop for and wrap gifts, go look at Christmas lights, get matching pajamas for the kids and new pajamas for us, attend Christmas parties and open houses, visit family members and friends, and somehow find time for our own holiday traditions.
And this year, like a person with good sense, I have taken on a small business providing handmade consumer goods. That are handmade. And shipped out all over the country. And honestly, that is my favorite part about the holidays this year. I love that I am able to make something that people seem to like. I love that I have been able to bring in a little extra money for gifts this Christmas season. I find it to be very fulfilling work. If I could just tone down all the other noise in my life, I would be golden.
I have learned some lessons this year, being a “small business owner” for the first time. Next holiday season, I will be stocking and selling only premade items during November and December. I can keep up with my Etsy orders no problem, but if another coworker places a large order then I will be very busy again. It would be nice to just be able to immediately ship an order out upon receiving it. Great for me, and great for the people who buy from me. I honestly just never expected things to take off like they did. I’m still just in awe that people actually buy things that I make and love them. It’s very humbling.
I’m sorry. I know I talk a lot about my shop. But I really love my hobby and the fact that I was able to turn it into a small business for the benefit of my family. It was just what I needed, for both my finances and my sanity.
I have some errands to run tonight, and more items to check off the gift list. I am strongly considering just doing the rest of my shopping on Amazon. That way everything will just magically appear at my office. Yes, I think that is the best tactic. I think Zac and I are just going to get each other iPads for Christmas. He is still rocking the OG iPad that he has had for two years, and is long overdue for an upgrade by most people’s standards. He has a few AmEx gift cards and I have about $25 left on a Best Buy gift card, so when my bonus hits I think I’ll just treat him to a new iPad and myself to an iPad Mini.
Neither of us really need anything. He wanted a chainsaw for Christmas, and I’ve been angling for a sapphire ring for a long time. So now we’ll at least have something to choose from for Christmas. I don’t know. I’m really bad at gift giving. I am also really bad at gift receiving, because I can never think of anything I want that isn’t ridiculously expensive. Champagne tastes and all that.
And with that, you can consider this post of word vomit to be officially over.