Taking time off. The struggle is real. This post has been a long time coming. Okay, so maybe only about eleven days coming. But it’s definitely something that has been weighing heavy on my heart and needs to be said. A little back story about me, in case you’re new around here… I am an all-in kind ‘a gal! When I want something, I go after it wholeheartedly, putting everything I have on line, leaving nothing behind! Some say that is what has lead to the success of Rusted Roots in such a short time. That being said, you can understand that with the opening of Rusted Roots in 2014, we (the hubs and I) have done NOTHING but Rusted Roots for 15 months straight!
And while we have totally enjoyed every moment of what we are building here, other areas of our lives have taken a hit. Our home, our health, our ‘whole’ self. As much as we would like to deny it, we are undoubtedly more than Rusted Roots. Despite all of its JUNKtastic awesomeness!! Ha ha!! But, when you give one thing 150%, it leaves little to spread around to other areas of your life. Last November/December were our two single most profitable months ever! It truly blew us away! With that being said, we laid in bed one night talking about the success of Rusted Roots and this amazing place we have built. And while, we wouldn’t give it up for the world, we do have to make some adjustments if we are going to continue at the pace we are going.
That brings us to our goal for 2016… balance! This is where the struggle comes in. The struggle that I mentioned at the beginning of this post. We vowed to take January off to focus on all the areas of our life that have been neglected in an effort to build Rusted Roots. Well, we were only a week in and I was already going CRAZY!!! I mean, I love what I do! And this house cleaning, organizing, de-cluttering, relaxing, blah blah blah is for the birds!! I wanna be digging through barns, gettin’ dirty, finding treasures for you and for me!! So, I was over the moon when we got a call and were invited to come pick an historic farm blanketed with more than a dozen old barns packed to the brim with old junk!!! Aren’t they beautiful??
The hubs and I talked it over. I mean, we were supposed to be taking a break. But, in this business, it’s kinda like being on call 24-7. And when someone calls and invites you to such an amazing place, you GO!! We spent all day this past Saturday picking these beautiful barns and found some amazing pieces. Some we will keep. Some we will sell at the shop! That will be determined February 1st when our ‘break’ is over!
I share all of this to say, if you are like me and go-go-go, it’s okay to take a break. It’s okay to take time off. I’m preaching to the choir here and really just trying to convince myself that it’s okay to continue with this 31 day refresher. We need it, as much as I want to fight it and jump right back in. It’s important to re-evaluate the business, dream up new ideas, and attemppt to catch up other areas of our lives that have fallen a bit behind as Rusted Roots has grown.
Sometimes a small step back to relax, rethink things, reevaluate, and dream is all you need to take you and your business to places you could never imagine! With a busy mind, a creative soul, and a go-go attitude, taking a break can be hard, but it’s neccesary! In just one week, we have dreamed up ideas for Rusted Roots that I know wouldn’t have come about in a rush-rush hustle bustle life. It’s the slow down, that allows ideas to thrive!
We are so excited to see what’s in store for Rusted Roots in 2016. The sky is the limit! And we are excited to see what happens in all of your lives. Whether it’s a business goal you have, a personal struggle you want to tackle once and for all, a relationship you want to mend, or to simply make you a better you! You can do it! You can do anything! But you can’t do everything. So take a step back. Take a break. Take some time off. You have permission! No one said you have to work 365 days a year to be successful!
Balance, the struggle is real! Taking time off, the struggle is real! But both are necessary to thrive and excel in your business and your life! We can’t wait to see you all at the shop in February! Dates to be announced soon!!