Have you guessed it already? The most important part of your business is YOU! Are you taking care of yourself properly? As I type this, I have to pause every few minutes and squeeze my left shoulder to try to bring some relief to what I think is a pinched nerve, caused by all of the sitting and typing and browsing and sewing I’ve been doing.
Confession is good for the soul, right? Okay, here goes. I spent over $200 on my Wii and Wii fit when I really should have made a trip to the dentist. Every day I got up and worked out faithfully. For a few weeks. Then I had several orders all at once that needed to be filled, and the workout routine got dropped like a hot potato. The conviction and the desire to work out haven’t gone away. The Wii’s alien-robotic voice reverberates in my head all day. I still need to lose 20 pounds, and I still need my tooth fixed.
It’s not that I don’t have the time to work out. I have the same 24 hours in a day that everyone else has. I’m just not making myself a priority. And I love the Wii and the Wii Fit Plus. Just doing 30 minutes of the available stretching exercises brings rejuvenation to my body. The soccer ball game is a great quick cardio, too!
The truth is that I am my own worse enemy! I stay hyped up on coffee all day, stay up until 2 almost every night, check my email when my husband wakes up at 4 a.m. to go to work, wake up for real anywhere between 6 and 8, neglect eating, neglect feeding my family in the style they are used to (home cooked meals from scratch, fresh bread, expressions of my love in baked goods). Since I’ve started Etsying, so much has gone on the back burner.
And I just started a new blog, which I’m so excited about that I’m neglecting my housework EVEN MORE than I was before. It’s just unacceptable. My sweet, sweet husband needs one of those signs that says “Keep Calm and Carry On”, because that’s what he’s doing. He’s so supportive, and I am so blessed. He hates going to bed without me, but I have left him sleeping single in a double bed here lately. For shame, for shame! He’s my biggest fan, and my most neglected. He deserves better! While I strive to take care of my customers, rejoicing with each positive feedback, my family sits on the sidelines, shuffling baskets of unfolded laundry around the living room.
Loads of laundry are whirring in the background as I type this. I did stay up until 2 last night, but I was preparing food for the day and washing dishes. Well, and working on the new blog occasionally.
Don’t worry! I’m not about to stop working. Having my own business is thrilling! But one of the whole reasons I hated working a “real job” was because I would come home and pass out on the couch from exhaustion. Sadly, that’s exactly what I did yesterday at four in the afternoon. Something’s got to change, and it’s got to be me!
Quote for the day: work smarter, not harder! I hope you enjoyed the read. Off I go to jump on the trampoline with my kids for a few minutes, which is under a hundred-year-old oak tree. Being the cool mom I used to be, I (translate my husband) hung a trapeze bar in the tree over the trampoline. Best trampoline set up around! Then I’ve got some four o’clocks to transplant. I’ll start my work out again tomorrow.
Still sitting there? Here’s an article on how to get a good stretch while sitting down.
See the original “The Most Important Part of Your Business” here.