Friday, November 12, 2010

please hold

this is what i wish i could do... drop everything and just enjoy the lovely things. ah, but life doesn't usually work that way, does it?

i just spent 1/2 hour reading blogs {a luxury i don't seem to have much time for lately}, and several bloggers wrote the same things i've been thinking for the past few weeks :: feeling filled beyond capacity, wondering if they're taking on too much, struggling to make ends meet doing what they love. my dear friends, you are not alone.

i have definitely taken on too much lately, trying to keep three etsy businesses afloat {boy, it sounded like a good idea at the time!} and i keep hearing the words of a friend who told me months ago "jack of all trades, master of none..." in other words, would you like three sometimes-successful businesses or one super-successful business? hmmm...

don't get me wrong, i LOVE every minute of this. the etsy world, the blogging world, craft shows, clients, the creative life... love it, i say! i just don't get a break. the last time i got out of town was summer of '09. oy. this, it seems, is what it takes to do what i love for a living.

so, i may be in and out of the blog world this next month or so but i am still here! cutting, pasting, sewing, stitching, photographing, crafting, selling, marketing, networking, planning, designing, dreaming. making it work.

xo, havilah

photo by me


  1. oh wow, I totally know what you mean. living the creative dream is so much fun and very rewarding, but we NEVER get a break. I'm finally making myself take one day off. No work-related activities.....although I know I'll most likely fail at that ;]
    I hope you can catch a break, even for a couple hours. Hugs from one crazy crafter to another! xo.

  2. It's so nice to hear I'm not the only one. Thank you for sharing, Havilah!

  3. i hear you! it's a lot of work to make a living as an independent artist. the online world is and the people we meet, but sometimes you just need to take a step back and recoup. we'll see you when we see you!

  4. Feeling overwhelmed is the worst -- hang in there! On a side note, I love the font in the above picture -- what is it?? Thanks! :)

  5. I read this post in my reader a few days ago and have been thinking about what you said. I can definitely relate to the feeling of being overwhelmed...thanks for sharing this!

  6. thanks for all of your lovely comments! it's nice to know that i'm not alone. ;)
    oh, and jenn, i actually bought that font from it's called "antique archived extended". i think it's the first font i ever paid for- i just loved it so much!!

  7. Oh boy do I hear you! I haven't really blogged in a long time. I seem to have the same conversation with myself over and blog or not to blog is always the question.

    Your photos are fabulous. I haven't stopped by in a while, but it's always treat when I do.