A NEW BALANCE!
As many of you know recently, I started working on opening a new business. We are the proud owners of a new tea and coffee shop called: The Sweet Stop. We sell, high end coffees and teas with baked goods. Today, is our third day in business, we opened on July 30, 2008 at 6am.
So far, life has only been the shop, but alas, we are determined to be able to still have "a life" I only hope that we can find some way to balance everything.
One of my biggest passions is writing. Lately, I have missed being able to sit down and write. For the most part, its been because I'm to tired to even punch the keys on the keyboard. Renovations of our shop, kicked my butt rather hard.
As I stand here at my new counter, I have started to think of ways to incorporate all that I have to do or want to do with our new business. Mind you this isn't going to be easy, as I'm finding out. And we haven't even really advertised that we are open. A few small words in the local news paper. Which is great, it helped drag a few people in to check us out.
No matter how much I love my new shop, I truly want to find a way to be able to get all the other stuff done in my life, so please any suggestions! I need them in a major way.
Right now our hours are a bit hectic, at least for this month, we are working from 6am-4pm Monday through Thursday, Friday 6am-7pm, Saturday 7am-7pm and Sunday 10am-3pm. We hope that this will help us find out where we are the busiest and help us to manage our time a bit better for the shop so we aren't trying to kill ourselves.
My concern however, is right now, how do I fit the time that I need and want in for my writing? Well one obvious at the moment, is by standing at the counter with my laptop in hand as I wait for the next round of customers to come in to enjoy a cup of coffee and a muffin.
But, now I start to think about other things that I also need to fit into my life, the laundry, shopping for groceries (need these for 3 growing boys!), cleaning the house, etc. The kids have been wonderful by picking up some of the slack already at home, but, we can't expect them to do it all, they have lives too, they want to be able to do sports and stuff. So,I need to make sure that I can contribute at home as well, right now, I feel that its just impossible. So, alas, I am struggling to find my new direction.
Hopefully, with some wonderful help from my WOW friends, and a sanity check on my part, I can find my balance.
We all have so much going on and so many changes, that who knows, maybe some of these will help our many other readers too.
Happy Writing everyone!