Shop Talk | This week, or more like this month, has been all about getting into a stable work flow when it comes to the Tangerine and Me soap shop.
Instead of adding new soap listings randomly throughout the month like I was before, I have now started to create release dates for each month were I will be releasing groups of new products into the shop.
One thing that I am quickly learning about running your own business is that you must be on top of everything at all times. No slacking or loitering allowed!
Another exciting thing that I have been working tirelessly on is a holiday soap series. Though it may seem pretty early to be thinking about the holidays, soap takes at least four weeks to cure which means that you need to seriously plan ahead in order to have products ready on time.
Overall, I’ve been doing much more soap planning than actual soap making lately and though I do enjoy it, I’m looking forward to making soap again soon.
Slow Moments | Slow moments are still quite scarce since any spare time I have usually ends up with me falling asleep at some random part of the house.
Taking time for myself is something that I love to do but is also quite hard for me to allow myself, especially when you are someone who struggles with fatigue.
I am very easily tired which means that any energy I have is usually carefully planned to be spent doing something productive. I find it hard to simply take that time for myself when I know how rare a good day really is.
That, however, is something that I am aware of and am always working on since I know just how important it is to give ourselves a mental break as well as a physical one.
Thoughts | I’ve recently taken up reading once again after taking almost a two year break of hardly ever picking up a book.
I used to be a big reader when I was still in school and it always had a way of inspiring me to write more.
It amazes me at how easily I had forgotten how precious my reading time really was to me. I had forgotten the beauty of drowning in a good book and reading for hours without the slightest desire to stop.
Everyone finds inspiration in their own ways but I have always found it in books. In the characters, the writing style, and even the authors themselves.
This week especially, I have made the extra effort to have an hour of reading time every morning before I start my day.
It isn’t productive or in any way useful which makes it a perfect moment of self care, as a small but beloved gift to myself.