I did it!! I took an entire month off!! 31 days to regroup, refresh, and rebuild parts of my life that had been put on the back burner for far too long!! And I am here to tell you I am walking away from that month off with more in the bank that I had when I started on January 1st!!! Wanna know how?? I’m here to share…
What’s the most important thing in your life? Your family? Your faith? Your job? Your home? Your health? Your money? What is it?? Whatever it is, isn’t that the ‘bank’ that you want overflowing??? You following me here? I’m not saying I walked away from 31 days off with an abundance of cash flow. In fact, it’s quite the opposite! It’s tough taking an entire month off when you’re a small business owner. No sales means no cash! But you still gotta pay rent, power, internet, etc. The expenses of the business keep coming but for a business that brought in nada!! Now don’t get me wrong, we have other revenue streams for our business that help balance the financial strain and an OUTRAGEOUS November and December at the shop helped prepare us for the month off as well. But not everyone is so fortunate!
With that being said, our ‘money bank’ isn’t what’s most important to us! It took 31 days off to prioritize our ‘banks’ and make sure we are making conscious deposits into the ‘banks’ that matter most. For us, our faith, family, health and home are at the top of our priority list. That doesn’t mean that our jobs, our money, and many other things aren’t on the list. They are!! But these are at the top (right now) and are the ‘banks’ we should be making our biggest deposits!
You see, here’s the thing. Our life banks work just like our money bank. If you don’t make deposits into your money bank, you won’t be able to make any withdrawals down the road. Sooner or later, your money bank will run dry and there will be nothing left! It works EXACTLY the same with our life banks.
Let’s take our family bank for instance… we have to make conscious deposits into the relationships that we have with our spouses, our children, our parents, and so on. Without those consistent deposits, eventually relationships run dry. You can’t expect those people to stick around, if you don’t put forth an effort to make those deposits. And they don’t have to be big deposits. Maybe it’s a quick phone call, a text, or if you wanna go real old school pop a card or letter in the mail!! I love getting something other than bills in the mailbox!! Maybe it’s cooking your spouses favorite meal or a note in your child’s school lunch. But if you are constantly hustling about making deposits into a million different ‘banks’ or better yet spending your time making deposits into the ‘banks’ that are not at the top of your list, you may not have time for deposits in the ‘banks’ that really matter!!
Another example?? Sure! Let’s take our faith bank… I won’t dive too deep into this because it can be a touchy subject for some. But those who know me know that I am a woman of faith. Do I go to church on Sundays? No. Should I? Yes. But I believe… Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Fellowship with likeminded believers is important for growth in any faith, but for me, that doesn’t have to happen at church. I recall a chilly evening last October when some friends invited us over for a chili supper. We gathered around a bonfire, snuggled in our scarves under the stars. A dear friend walked out with his guitar and harmonica and started playing what the Lord laid on his heart. It was beautiful. We sat around the fire and sang Amazing Grace and other old hymns. To me, that’s church. And it’s deposits like that into our faith bank that personally make my relationship with God rich.
I could go on and on about making deposits into our life banks and perhaps I will in another post. I say all of this because I know that the struggle is real for so many of us!! I am there. I am with you! Life can be hard, so many balls in the air. But know that you are not alone! I was overwhelmed by all of the messages that I received after I shared the struggle I was faced with…
“Hit me in the heart! I’m a fulltime teacher and have started a little vintage business. The struggle IS real. Something is always getting left behind. Thanks for posting and sharing.”
“I totally understand. When I retired and decided to go full time into the antiques business I knew it would be a full time plus effort. I laugh when someone asks me if I am a part-time dealer. There is no such thing if you are going to be successful. This past year I too felt overwhelmed and torn. I decided to take a break and play.”
“You are so right…and it means more coming from someone like you. I often feel guilty because I am not working as much or as hard as you have. Perhaps it’s the balance that is tugging at me. I’m stepping back this year, delegating as much as I can and trying to concentrate on the creative side of the business. That is the part I love an they part that has taken a back burner.”
Oh, Sharon, I feel your pain! Which is why we HAD to take some time off to prioritize! Good job, Miss Linda!! And Carol… sweet Carol… don’t you think for a second that I am any different from you!! And don’t ever feel guilty for not working as hard as me or any one else for that matter. Everyone works at a pace that is best for them and what they have going on in their lives! Right now, the hubs and I don’t have children, and Rusted Roots is my full time gig! So I can afford to hit the pavement hard, day in and day out. But rest assured a day will come when our season of life will require a slower pace and more focus on other aspects of our lives! It all goes back to exactly what you said, BALANCE! And that will be different for everyone!!
So, as we wrap up this ‘I’m-back-after-a-month-off-and-have-a-lot-to-say’ post, I leave you with this… What’s the most important thing in your life? Your family? Your faith? Your job? Your home? Your health? Your money? What is it?? Whatever it is, isn’t that the ‘bank’ that you want overflowing??? Take time to figure it out! If that’s ten minutes a day or 31 days straight. Just take time. Take time to figure out what’s at the top of YOUR list and which ‘banks’ you’ve neglected that may be running a little dry. For us, the last two years have been about building, building, building Rusted Roots and that we did! But at the expense of letting our other life accounts run a little dry!! It took 31 days to figure out how to prioritize and I feel like the bank analogy does it best! No doubt, we have a lot of learning to do and this balance thing won’t be easy! Believe me!! But in the words of one of our loyal followers…
Now… speaking of blue skies and green lights… how about a partaaaaay?!!!!! Well, I guess it depends on your definition of a party but if you ask me, if there’s rusty junk, food, and drinks, then it’s a party!! And we’re gonna be throwin’ down at Rusted Roots, February 26-27 with a MEGA blowout sale!!! We’ve got so much fun Spring inventory to unveil in March, we are clearing house at our February sale!! So, if you are an upcycler, creator, builder, maker… this sale is for YOU!!!
We are bringing junk straight from the barn, rusty, crusty, in need of some TLC and a creative soul!! And like I always say, if you don’t know what to do with something… ASK ME!! I’ll help you come up with creative ways to use all of the junk in our shop!! We will be fully stocked on our Junk Gypsy Chalk and Clay paint!!! So grab ya a five doller ladder back chair and a can of paint and go to town!! We will be sharing loads of pictures throughout the month on Facebook and Instagram, so if you’re not following us over there, DO IT NOW, so you don’t miss out on our JUNKtastic finds!!
And ALL NEW for our February sale, look for the big ‘ol red STAR stamped on the back of price tags!!! If it’s got a red star it’s on sale!! 25-50% off!! More details about the red star sale coming on social media just as soon as I can track me down a star stamp!! Have you seen one out there?? If so, let me know!!
We look forward to seeing each and every one of you later this month!! We’ve got some exciting plans in the works for 2016 and we are so excited to have you all along for the ride!! Here’s to a year of dreaming, living, and creating beauty from Rusted Roots!!