Since we finished the giant order, Mike and I have been concentrating on slowing down, both in our own personal ways, as well as at work. Its been hard, especially for me, to put the brakes on at work while looking over at shelves that have dwindled down to patchy little collections of lone bowls and tiles, knowing that Christmas is so soon. I have been more buried in work than I would like, trying to recover the amount of inventory I feel safe with, and that has been a challenge when I am trying to find my feet at the same time. The days have gotten a little more varied, but have been just as long most days since vacation. Its a lot of pressure.
|at least my hair looked good that day.|
Mike is the kind of person that gives of himself to a fault at times. I say that he is "too helpful" at times. There are worse faults, yes. So his focus has been on slowing himself down, not trying to do so many things at once, trying to be more mindful of each task individually.
I think it has just been a hard adjustment, there was one speed all summer - full throttle - and finding a new normal has been a lot more difficult than we thought it would be. We have really had to work hard for a new balance. There is so much pressure, this year has been so huge professionally, and personally.
I guess the universe felt like we weren't slowing down enough, because Saturday morning I arrived at work to find a giant hole in the building and one of my kilns totalled. HMMMMMMMMMMMM.
So, here we are, one kiln down, with a giant plywood closet in the middle of the studio, with less drying racks and the kiln furniture in my office. TWO WEEKS BEFORE THANKSGIVING.
|Kiln furniture in the office.|
Hear that, universe? have we slowed down enough now?
I feel confident now that the world will not end, and that I am as prepared as I can be for the Holidays. My mantra lately has been, " I will get it done, I always do."
Thank you Universe, for the reminder. I am not always in control, and that's ok.
|The inside of the kiln that took the hit|