July 7, 2006.
It should have been Christmas in June if you want the truth. Every year we have to focus on what we are developing for the holidays. The products need to be developed, tested, reviewed, tweaked, photographed, sent to channels, added to catalog, shopped around trade shows. I have done some new holiday ornaments during the year, but now it's crunch time.
New products? Yes. New holiday ornaments? Yes. New plates? yes......yes...........yes. Last year I was still doing this development in our home so I blasted Christmas Carols to get things going......my daughter rearranged my CD's and I can't find them now. Truth be told I am too tired to go hunting for 25 minutes.....and when I am developing at work the CD's are at home.
So....to add to all the other 'things' going on I am supposed to get super creative and brainstorm, and research and design new products. The sad part is that this is what I enjoy, this is what I am good at. All the other business stuff; interviewing, processing orders, shipping, ribboning, adding finishing hardware, not what I am best at.
And - did I mention it was summer? If you work and have kids you know what that means? Do you? DO YOU? We spend a gazillion dollars on camps and then I spend all day driving back and forth dropping off and picking up. Oh and I must not forget swimming lessons.
I used to work with a woman that would always say, "Find your happy place Jamie, find your happy place." I so need to find that place...
For now, I am writting lists, and crossing one thing off a day. As a small business owner, this 'to do list' is a must. I also must admit that not everything on the list will ever get done..but I try.