In my previous post, I alluded to some changes that I have coming up this year, specifically some new and exciting challenges on the work front. For the past couple of years, I have been working a few days per week outside of my Stampin' Up! business, mostly because things got a bit hairy with my husband's work (twice!) and it was needed that I make more of a financial contribution to our family.
Late last year, an opportunity crossed my path that was too good to pass up, albeit a full-time opportunity, which is something I haven't done since before my eldest daughter was born almost 15 years ago. I decided that I would throw my hat in the ring and see how things worked out, and ultimately was offered and accepted this new full-time role, commencing at the end of January. Happily, it is a school based role, so I am fortunate to still have school holidays off, which will be a welcome break every ten weeks or so. It is also only a two minute drive (or ten minute walk!) away, so I have more than quartered my previous commute, too. AND - importantly - it's a role where I get to exercise my creative muscles, which I couldn't be more delighted about! *grin*
I'm not sure what the implications will be for my Stampin' Up! business, if any. I have wondered several times in the past couple of years whether it was time to give it all away - if I couldn't do it 'properly' and give it my every waking moment and ounce of energy, should I be doing it at all? Such an all or nothing way of looking at it, and thankfully a mindset that hasn't prevailed!
I had a bit of a revelation for myself in the lead up to the Stampin' Up! OnStage event in November last year. As a member of the current Events Council, I am involved in running and presenting at these events, and in our presentations, we are asked to share how we are going to commit to the event challenge, which is different each time. This last one was Love It. Live It. Share It and initially, I wasn't sure what to make of that. What I arrived at however, was that I could LOVE Stampin' Up!, LIVE Stampin' Up! and SHARE Stampin' Up! right from where I am, within my current combination of circumstances. Or any combination of circumstances I find myself in, in the future.
I don't need to do it at the level I did when I had more time to devote to it and fewer other comittments.
I don't need to wait for the 'perfect storm' of life circumstances to come around so that I can do it 'properly' again.
And I don't need to feel guilty about it, which is where I landed (and nestled in for a while!) when I first started wondering about staying or going when things first changed back in 2015.
I'm not sure what it will all look like, and it's going to take some commitment, organisation and some new habits and processes. But all the best things do, so I'm planning on rising to the challenge, the changes and the potential chaos. If anything, I may well find my productivity increase - they do say that if you need something done, you should give it to a busy person.
I sure hope 'they' know what they're talking about...