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I Don’t Know How to Not Work

I’m currently in the process of closing my business I’ve run for the past 11 years. I grew it from a little kitchen table eBay enterprise to a real brick and mortar boutique. It was something I dreamed about doing since I was little. I wanted to grow up and own a costume store, so that’s what I did.

I’ve always had my own business. I started at six, coloring rocks and selling them door-to-door. I can only imagine if there was an Internet back then, I’d have a rock decor empire by now. I started the business making costumes myself and then expanded into retail and then manufacturing my own line of corsets and costume items.

I always said if I had a baby, I’d just keep right on working, and I did just that for the first year. In fact, I couldn’t wait to get back to work. Then a funny thing happened and I couldn’t wait to get back home. Instead of thinking about work all the time, I was looking at photos posted by the daycare and seeing my son playing, painting, learning and doing all the things I wanted to share with him. And here I was, stressing out over other people’s orders and watching my son grow through pictures.

So I decided to take on a new job. If I was going to be a stay-at-home-mom, then darn it, I was going to embrace it and become CEO SAHM. And to do that, I needed to cut out all the distractions and close my store and main website. But, I also can’t stop doing what I love! So I will continue to make costume things for my Etsy shop when I can. I’m not pressuring myself to crank out a huge inventory, or take a lot of custom orders. I plan to just go back to making what I want and posting it for sale.

Because one thing I’ve learned from this SAHM experience so far is that I need to find something to do that isn’t mom-related to save my sanity.

4 replies »

  1. I really enjoyed your article. I’m inspired by your business success too. I’ve just started blogging this week and I’m new to reading blogs too. You were just the kind of person I was hoping to meet and have follow my story. My story is the inverse of yours. I started as a SAHM and opened my own business 4 years ago when my boys were in school. I decided to blog about it because I need some advice as I try to grow my business and make it thrive. I’m following you now because I’m sure I’ll find some inspiration in your posts and I would be thrilled if you would check out my blog.

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    • I will check it out right now! Thanks for following. I’ll probably post a lot about struggling through stuff you are already an expert at, lol. But maybe that will be the same on your end so we can share advice! I know business a lot better than I know kids 🙂


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