Posts tagged ‘Work–life balance’

Summer Gone ALREADY??

I am absolutely stunned at how fast this summer is going!! It surely hasn’t been 2 months since I have been here… has it? Why does the summer always go by so quickly? I think for those of us in the northern part of the states it’s because we try to cram all of the things we can’t do in winter all in the space of a few short months. We know that it won’t be long before the cold comes and the summer activities we love so much are no longer an option until next summer. And this year seems especially short because last year was the winter that wouldn’t end. It stayed cold much too long this last spring. I am looking at my calendar and seeing all the fall/winter/holiday craft fairs coming up too quickly and realizing I am no where near ready for them. I don’t stop crocheting in the summer, but it does slow a bit with all the other things to do including vacation, local fairs and festivals, grandkids, and sitting by the bonfire with friends for a few s’mores and refreshments (etc.). And now today, I realized it’s the first MN Vikings pre-season game tonight, nothing says summer is almost gone like football season. With that being said, here’s the latest project I just finished…

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I got a message along with a picture from a gal asking if I could make a hat like the one in the pic she sent. It’s for her son’s 3 month pictures coming up. I couldn’t believe my luck at finding the exact same material for the John Deere patches on the front. When I sent a pic of the hat to ask her if it would work, she told me at first she thought I just sent the picture she messaged me back to her. So I guess I was pretty close HAHA! It was exactly what she wanted and I am so happy that I could get it just right for her. My greatest reward is the huge smile on a customer’s face when you give them their order and it’s just what they wanted 🙂

 

❤ Tracee

 

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The Work At Home Chaos Factor

I didn’t mean to go AWOL on this blog… it just sorta happened. I am living in what seems like chaos all around me these days and I feel the frustration starting to creep in.

I don’t think anyone knows the true meaning of “work from home” except those of us who actually do. Most people think that means they can interrupt you endlessly, because let’s face it, if your at home you’re not really working. UGH!! Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends, family and neighbors and I love to spend time with them. But people – you have to know the definition of work at home.

I run a home based business (actually two) which means THIS is my place of work. Keeping work and personal time is a bigger challenge for work at home people anyway, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask for a little respect when it comes to my needing to set aside specific work hours. I don’t come to your office and waste an hour of your time or tell you that you have to leave your office to deal with personal things just because now is more convenient for me. And I can assure you that Grandma is not sitting at home, twiddling her thumbs just waiting for a grandbaby to show up so she has something to do. I am a busy and hard working person with schedules to keep and deadlines to meet, just like any working person. I have to schedule in my personal time just like anyone else, but it’s a little hard to set up a work schedule and personal schedule when pretty much no one even asks what that may be and really doesn’t seem to hear me when I tell them what the schedule is.

All I’m asking is that when you deal with people who work at home, ask when is a good time to stop in or call or get together for coffee. Don’t assume that we don’t have “office hours” just because our office is in our home. Thank you.

OK I think I’m done venting for now. Time to push the frustration aside and get some projects and tasks done – provided there are no interruptions, that is…

❤ Tracee

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