Well I really wasn't gone that long but what was different about this break was that I had very real purpose. Here's what I've tackled over the last several days:
It's not about just being in the same room as my family. It's about losing myself completely in THEM. And when I take the time to bask in their love, I don't need to look elsewhere (like social media) for validation. Real, face to face love is so much stronger than virtual adoration.
ESTABLISHING A MORNING ROUTINE:
Wow it's amazing how much more I can get done by utilizing the morning hours. I've been waking up at 6:15 and plan to slowly get up earlier and earlier. I do my morning exercises, read scriptures, pray and then plan out what I want to get done that day. Then I eat breakfast, get ready and get to work. I'm working on refraining from checking email immediately after getting out of bed and waiting until I have my essentials completed.
RE-MASTERING SOCIAL MEDIA:
Since when have we become trained dogs, running to the phone every time it beeps? I've become determined that social media is a valuable tool and resource but when I'm working I refuse to let it break my concentration, so I've turned off all alerts and badges on my phone (except for calls and texts). When I'm ready to respond to online interaction, I'll jump online.
DECIDING WHERE I WANT TO FOCUS MY BUSINESS:
I've been at a mental fork in the road over my business, trying to decide between Etsy, selling at craft fairs, approaching retail business to carry my products (yikes!), and maintaining an online store separate from Etsy.
All of this is taking up too much space in my brain and only causing stress so I've decided that rather than splitting up my energy in all the different directions, I would hone in on Etsy. Why? Because it's the most established, I can gain the most exposure, it's easy, and I need to be okay with baby steps. So you'll notice I've removed my shop here on SoPupuka. Everything is now available on Etsy. This frees me up to CREATE - which as we all know, is where the fun is at!
And to jumpstart my renewed Etsy focus, I've re-vamped my photos, trying to make them brighter and more interesting. I've also added a couple new products and worked on simplifying my listings as much as possible. I'd love for you to pop over and tell me what you think!
STARTING ANOTHER BLOG:
WWHAAAAAAT??!?!?!?!? I was thinking about a conversation I had with a friend a couple weeks ago. We were talking about Hawaiian issues and she pointed out that I'm REALLY passionate about that, so several nights ago I started a blog and just wrote. You probably won't even recognize me, but it really is me, just a different side of myself. I don't know where it'll take me, and I'm quite content to not have any expectations for it. I have no posting schedule. I write when I feel the need to say something, so there are only two posts. I haven't done anything to customize the design. It's all about the words. It's unique in that it's written mainly to Native Hawaiians (not tourists or newcomers to the islands, or even non-Hawaiian locals), but anyone interested is of course more than welcome to check it out. I try my best to be honest and raw yet sensitive to a diverse audience. I hope I've succeeded so far.
I've made peace with the fact that my interests are very narrow, and therefore the things I blog about and especially the things I create for my business probably won't be appealing to the masses. I can't promise I'll never have blog envy again, or that I'll never be discouraged by people who are further along the path than I am, but if I try too hard to create things that I think people will like, I'll lose myself. All that matters is MY passion for it. Period.
YOU GUYS ROCK!
I'll hit up your comments later, but I just wanted to thank you all for your show of support both online and off as I've retreated into myself. It's helped me to feel that I'm not alone and that I don't have to be everything and do everything. I was surprised by the new friends who popped up in the comments, affected by the things I've been feeling. More than anything I want this blog to be the vehicle for meaningful friendships, and so far, I feel like that is what it's become and I really couldn't be happier about that. So thank you for being a part of my life and for letting me into yours.