The holidays this year were HARD. I’m not going to lie. I had so many reflections I wanted to share on my blog and honestly, I’ve forgotten all of them. In the midst of the normal holiday madness, I took a week away from both kids, and my husband, and went to Chicago for the One of a Kind Show. It was great. I’ll go back next year.
Being there, by myself, made me realize how seldom I am actually alone. I haven’t traveled by myself in the last eleven years and my literal stance has changed. I no longer carry myself with a “don’t f*** with me” attitude. I’m somehow softer. I smile, I talk to strangers. I make friends with the person next to me on the airplane, the cab driver, or the electrician who adjusts my lights at the show.
Leaving my family for a week on a “business” trip was new. I was totally alone in Chicago, staying in a condo and cooking myself simple, paleo, meals. All I honestly did was eat, sleep, work, and exercise. For five days. It made me wonder a little bit if that was what my life was before I had a husband and kids. Before I had a family.
Needless to say, I was glad to return to the love and commotion of my home and family. I missed my people, and my pets, while I was gone. And when I got back it seemed everyone was in full-fledged holiday mode. There was a decorated tree, the kids were making ornaments, Christmas music was playing and within hours of my return, we were doing Christmas shopping.
We were busy fulfilling custom orders right up until the end of the day on the 19th – we shipped everything a day early this year per the USPS guidelines, but somehow they still managed to deliver about 10% of my packages after Christmas. I don’t understand what was going on, but it was frustrating. I planned ahead, I didn’t overload myself, I gave everything an extra day in transit. Apparently, it wasn’t me.
Now that the holidays are over I’m ready to say GOODBYE to all this stock – see all this stuff? I made it for you. We need to clear the shelves to start our 2015 line, so for some incentive – 45% off moxieandoliver.etsy.com through midnight on December 31, 2014 with code “MOREMOXIE45”
And this is me. The holidays made me tired. Family drama. Travel. Post Office drama. Employee drama. Kid drama. I’m pooped, but enjoying a few days “off” of work – still answering emails and working on computer related Moxie & Oliver things, but in my PJs, all day.