And We're Back

Happy Weekend to you!  

You know, I've been going on and on about how lovely it is that Spring has finally arrived.  It really is one of my favorite times of year.  But for the last week or so, I haven't been feeling quite so lovely.  Although I've got so many good things going on in my life right now, I've found myself feeing inexpressibly angry recently.  And it's been strange because it hasn't been a major emotion, just this underlying feeling.  I've still been going about my days, being creative, handling my business and working on redecorating my house.  

And then yesterday I had a brief moment when I just felt like everything that had been making me feel angry just came crashing done around me at once.  I've been going pretty much nonstop since summer, as my business has grown and grown my work hours have also grown.  And as my fiance pointed out, it's been well over a year since I took a real, total day off from work.  I worked during vacation.  I have worked every single weekend and weekday.  Even on days that I declare to be off days, I'm still up here a couple of hours at least, responding to emails and doing little business tasks.  

On top of the regular business of my daily life, planning a wedding and slowly redecorating this house.  

Every girl needs a real day off sometime, right?  

So yesterday afternoon I put my Etsy shop in vacation mode.  And you know it's funny but the second I did that, I just felt better.  More relaxed.  Less worried about taking care of my business.  Oh it felt so good!  I got a wonderful night's sleep and when I woke up this morning, I didn't immediately turn on my computer to start responding to emails.  

By late this afternoon, my little hiatus from dealing with my shop had truly lifted my spirits and right now I feel like I'm back in my groove, ready to tackle the big projects I've got in the works.  And I just reopened the shop a few minutes ago as well.  

It's strange how the small act of closing my shop for a day--it hasn't been closed at all since I started it in May 2007!--gave me the mental break I really needed.  

So on that note, I'm hoping you had a wonderful weekend!  And I'm going to leave you with some spring photos from my backyard that I've taken in the last few days to boost my spirits:

Daffodil 

Forsythia 

Leia
Tree