It’s early afternoon on a weekday and I’m sitting at home. CC is curled up beside me, snoozing. I’m watching a bird preening on my balcony railing, its feathers shimmering in the afternoon sun.
My feet are resting on another chair and I’m super comfortable, my laptop in front of me, my diary open beside me and a cup of lemon and ginger tea warming me up. There’s a distinct autumn chill in the air.
And I’m finding it really, really hard to work!
I have dreamed about working from home for so long and, now that I’m here, I can’t settle. I’m still amazed that I am here, after six years of working nearly every day the shop has been open and never having regular days away.
I can’t believe my luck that a former staff member (who luckily for me wears a size 10 shoe) has agreed to take care of my beautiful Shoe Garden for one day a week.
If I’m honest, I can’t stop smiling and humming to myself; I’m so happy!
My desire to work from home stems from wanting to look at and study my business through a wide lens, instead of the close-up focus I have when I’m at the shop. Inevitably, when I’m not assisting customers to find gorgeous shoes, I’m caught up in the daily dramas of operating a small business from phone calls to deliveries to noting how the front windows yet again need to be cleaned…
Like all business owners, I need to step away and take a breath and start dreaming about the future. I want to view my business from above and see where I can improve and grow. I need perspective for that. I need space.
Perhaps it’s that pressure of such a big goal that is suffocating my usual resilient work ethic this afternoon. Or perhaps it’s just that I don’t know what to do first in my genuine excitement.
At least I’ve been able to write this week’s blog and tick that off my list of things to do!
Until next time
Carol & CCx