“I only eat what I kill’ – the motto for those who are self employed. Meaning, To earn a living or by doing your things on your own, you need to work as much as possible, whenever its possible. Since opening my store 10 months ago, that motto plays in my head daily (amongst a million other things) and has become a true lifestyle and mode of thinking.
Easy to get consumed with work, I was reminded this weekend of importance of taking a break. Even a short one.
‘All work and no play, makes Drue a dull designer’, or something like that…..
Ever so often, I get some wiggle in my schedule. Friday, that wiggle allowed me to help my friend Danyele with a ride home, who was having car issues. What started out as a ride home (for her, her Rottweiler and friends daughter), turned into dinner and a much needed girl talk and chill out session. In between the wine, Chinese food and laughs, I realized this was probably something I needed since I promised to check out her place for the last few weeks and I was glad I was able to come to her aid.
By Saturday, I returned to my shop, grabbed a quick nap (don’t judge me) only to be awakened by my friend, Nakia and sister, Tracey for another pow wow in between checking out some newly arrived merchandise. Always proving profitable, their support equalled a few sales in the mist of it all. A few appointments later, store traffic came to a halt and I found myself debating continuing my work from home or putting in late hours until my son returned for the evening.
Somewhat stuck, I retreated outside for a quick break and brain boost. There, I happened to run into business neighbors Philly and Phil. After the usual shop talk and discovering we were all happily finished for the day, I was convinced (didn’t take much) to accompany them to a Day Party downtown. Since my time must always be of good use these days, the party could serve several pluses; to support another small business owner, network with potential clients AND since I hate driving, especially Downtown, the offer of a ride was an added bonus.
A quick change and closing later, we were on our way. A guarantee amongst business owners, the ride down was talk of work, business and more work, but, its always good to know I’m not the only one thinking of progress 24/7. The party was awesome, caught up with some folks, passed out some cards, it was a great time. I’m glad they talked me into it.
Fully energized for the week ahead, I attacked Sunday, my day set aside for chores, with vigor. With the housework complete by noon, I was ready to chill out with my son, Chase.
“So……What do you want to do today?”
Wallet ready for Chuck E. Cheese, movies, etc., He answers “Can you make me some meatloaf?”
It’s that simple. Constantly on the go, one of the sacrifices of this new venture takes times away from the smallest things, including cooking Sunday dinner.
Definitely not too busy for that. More confirmation that its okay to sometimes, take a break for friends, family, children and most importantly, yourself. Even with deadlines looming, this weekend, I had a healthy dose of it all.
Back at it – fully exhilarated,