Stop working on your business


Loving my Finding Firelight word stamps with Ranger embossing tinsel.

I’ve got my stamps in my hot little hands.  I’ve been playing in the art room.  Making samples using my stamps and taking photos for my Etsy store.  Because I have to do it ‘properly’.  But for some reason, I don’t feel like I am in a hurry.  In a rush.

Over the Christmas break, I had two whole weeks off.  Two divine, delicious weeks.  In the lead up to the break, I made a massive to do list.  It included watching lots of movies, reading 3 books, learning how to use photoshop (because you can learn that in 5 minutes!) and a whole bunch of ‘never get around to it’ jobs at home.  And you know what?  I didn’t even take the list out of my bag.

I watched season 4 of Castle on DVD – my Christmas present from my husband. I had Nanna naps on the couch in the afternoon.  I just hung out at home, pottering around.  I got to spend lots of time with our cats and dog including the annual boxing day bath for the cats – a tradition in our house.

And I played in my art room – with my stamps and with lots of other things.  No pressure to create samples for the Etsy store but as with all my artwork, I make great stuff when I don’t ‘have to’.  And ended up with some nice samples for my store by chance.

I basically had two weeks off from both That Day Job and My Dream Life.  One of the pins on  my Pinterest quotes board says –

Sometimes the most urgent & vital thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest.

And that is exactly what I did.

It’s not being lazy.  It’s not giving up.  It’s not slacking off.

It’s recharging.  It’s giving yourself time and space.  And it’s wonderful.

If you didn’t give yourself a break over Christmas and New Year, book in some time now.  Even if it’s just a weekend.  No business stuff.  No learning.  No catching up.

Just fabulous girly, deliciously indulgent stuff.

Watch chick flicks that have cute boys in them.

Have long baths and try out all those lotions and potions you have that just sit on the shelf.

Go to your art room just to play.

Read all those issues of your favourite art magazine you have sitting on your self gathering dust.

Stepping back is when the clarity comes.  On what you have been doing right and maybe not so right.  What you can do differently.  Things you want to try and things you want to let go of.  What direction you want to go in.  Where your priorities have been and where they should be.

And who doesn’t love a little bit of indulgence now and then.

Coral.  xo

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4 Responses to Stop working on your business

  1. Nita says:

    lovely! We are on the same page. 🙂

    • Coral says:

      Sometimes you just need a time out from it all, don’t you? I love hearing that other people feel the same way – it’s not just me!

  2. Bev says:

    I’m so bad at giving myself a break, but I agree that it’s so important to do (especially since, no matter how hard I work, that to-do list never ends) and I need to give myself permission to do it more!

    • Coral says:

      Hi Bev – it is surprising how much more you get done on the to do list when you take a break. It sounds counter productive, but it works. You get so much clarity on what is important and what can go by the way side. Says me – with the ever growing to do list! But at least I can prioritize it a bit when I have had a break, rather than running around in circles.

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