Making the decision to become a handcrafted entrepreneur is not an easy one. Especially with a baby on the way and bills to pay. Very luckily, I have a supportive family, a partner who believes in me, and had a couple years to figure out the formulas while I worked on a completely opposite career in Television. When Brian and I found out we were going to have a baby, it was game on. However, we decided that we both couldn't keep working 12 hour days in television and raise a child the way we wanted to - so I chose to bring Tolly's to the forefront. It had really just been a passion hobby of mine, but it was now a solution for me to make a living (and keep working on something) while still being home most of the time with our baby, plus I loved doing it - and everyone loves the products. So there it was... No more hobbying around, I was finally going full-force into entrepreneurship with Tolly's.
Obviously, when Otis joined the family in November 2016, our lifestyles changed dramatically. Not only had I decided to work on my small business rather than the big business of TV, but time had seemed to vanish before my eyes. A baby takes a lot of your time and attention! It wasn't a huge surprise, but it was a real struggle to find the balance between the stay-at-home-mom role and the small business entrepreneur role. And remembering to enjoy time with Brian and my friends, exercise and cook meals, and find some alone time to relax and reset. There is just never enough time! I ended up feeling overwhelmed and unproductive a lot. This new lifestyle proved much harder than I had ever imagined.
Looking back, I found that in the first year of Otis' life and my new entrepreneurship, the most important thing for my sanity was reminding myself constantly that 'baby steps' are completely okay and normal, not only for Otis, but for me and my small business. Not everything can happen overnight - it takes patience, planning, and practice. It's a lifestyle. Changing your perspective about progress is a challenge, but necessary to be successful and feel fulfilled. I would say the same about a solid schedule, but that's still in progress for me - ha. I am proud of how far we've come, albeit tiny in comparison of where I'd like to be. As cliche as it sounds, it's a journey - not a destination. And it is a very, very long journey for our family and Tolly's. Which are now one in the same.
Of course, remembering to take deep breaths full of lavender really helps me too :)
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