I took this photo outside our house this morning (trying to be a bit arty - through the trees!). We live on the edge of the moor so we get some beautiful views and see all the lovely colours of the landscape.
I was lucky enough to receive some funding to start up my crafts business at the end of 2007, so a lot of the time in 2008 I was trying to figure out which way to go with my business while trying to enjoy the general activity of crafting! It's quite a tricky thing to juggle, but I think I tried my utmost to get my business started and up and running. It does, however, mean that I sometimes feel pressurised to 'perform' and be successful.
This year I think I can relax a little bit having figured out the basics of running a small business. I struggled with the whole notion of promoting my business but then blogging came along and I found this to be a really fun and practical way of engaging people with my products. Blogging didn't come easily to me - the only problem now is how to wean myself of it!! It's also a good outlet for my own thought processes too. OK - I just do it because I enjoy it!!
(2) chill out a bit on the business side and enjoy my crafts
(3) try and strike a balance between crafting/working and family life - that's a tricky one!!
(4) take a walk and give myself a break in between crafting, blogging, etc.
(5) most importantly: enjoy my crafts - as I've often heard people say: "do what you enjoy and the money will follow". I think that's a good adage and seems to make sense to me!
Cheerio an Drasda!