So, I tend to keep my private life, well, private, especially when it comes to blogging. I'm not one to share lots of my personal life, because I'm never really sure how much information becomes Too Much Information. Today is "The Good, The Bad & The Sick" but I'm going to start with the sick, because its getting to the point where I can't avoid it.
Some of you will know from other places, most of you probably will not, that since the middle of September I have been having some fairly serious health issues. My doctors have not been able to determine yet exactly what is going on. Now, please, don't take this the wrong way - but this isn't a call for random guesses (which is why I'm not mentioning specific symptoms). Trust me when I say they've tested me for just about everything they can think of. I've had more tests and procedures than I care to think about.
So why am I mentioning this? Now we come to the bad. Even though things have slowed down since the holidays, I am still taking 3-5 business days to ship out most non-ready made items in the shop (ie, almost everything since supplies were seriously depleted in the holiday rush). I am working as hard as I can to get things made in multiples so that I can reduce that back to a 1-3 day turn around time, but it is slow going because right now I'm only able to work about 3-4 days a week (total 10 hour days), so its all I can do to keep up with orders as they come in - and some of them are still missing the 5 business day deadline. Not often, but often enough to worry me into serious debate about how to proceed.
Now the good. I am still planning on opening Little Heathen's by this week - a week later than planned, but hey! Better late than never! I am still planning on having the grand opening in February. I am caught up enough right now that I'm starting to be able to list new things in Heathen's Hearth again. I have plans. I am learning how to pace myself to avoid exhaustion whenever possible. I am on track right now to have almost as many sold items during the month of January as I had in December... which is amazing growth, and I am very thankful for it. Now if I can just keep up with the demand!
I hope everyone has a wonderful day! I am off to try to be as productive today as I was yesterday :-D My goal is to have all current orders in the shop packed and postaged for Tuesday shipment by tomorrow night! Wish me luck!