It’s normal for me, in January, to randomly let the next six months float through the ether in my brain to see what settles out. This usually includes must-dos, events, trips, holidays, etc. This afternoon, I was in the shower, letting the steam mix with the ether as all these thoughts drifted in and out of my head. (I don’t know about you, but I do some of my best thinking in the shower.) Let’s see…
January… Inventory is just about finished, and it’s time to restock, maybe order more ingredients if restocking depletes me too much. Gotta get all those wine soaps stocked and run through top sellers for that other account to make sure I’m good there.
February… Second weekend – taxes. Ugh. but then by the 4th weekend of February, refund, so it’s all good.
March… April… Soccer. Open house – maybe? Hopefully – at a friend’s house. It’s already in the planning stages.
May… Pender Spring Fest. Mother’s Day. I’d really like to take Mary on that “just us” beach trip that didn’t work out a few years ago.
June… Father’s Day. Maybe ConTemporal. Peter’s birthday. Blueberry Festival. Wait. Hold on! I’d decided not to vend Blueberry Festival this year.
Oh. My. Gosh! I feel so… free!!! Blueberry Festival is almost always the Saturday before Father’s Day, and with prepping and vending, working all the day long in the sun, by the time Sunday rolls around, I’m still in “Where’s my weekend?” recovery mode, which is hardly conducive to helping the girls facilitate a special Dad’s Day celebration. Not vending Blueberry Festival means being completely present for that. It means spending time with Mary before she goes to a week-long mission camp. It means not having the application deadline cluttering up my mental space. It means more time for me, more time for my family, more time for trips to the beach and stuff.
This is the year that I’m allowing last year’s developing attitude and mindset to grow a little bit more. I said last year that 2014 is not my year; it is a year of preparation for 2015, which would be my year. And hear it is. I have been taking steps to owning my business more, instead of letting it own me. It will be a good year, a saner year, a happier year.
What can you give up this year in order to free yourself for more pleasurable things?