To market, to market... to get some me time
So I've been attending markets lately here on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, and I'm loving it! I've done four so far; a small one at a private residence in South Frankston, one at the Amazing Toys store in Mornington, Rosebud Primary School and Boneo Community Market. To be honest, I thought online would be my focus but as you have to do in business, you have to sometimes shift your focus. The markets have been absolutely wonderful, and such a confidence boost when people stop and say hello and say how wonderful Daily Orders looks and what a great idea it is!
The other part I love is that it gets me out of the house. Not to say that I don't love my wonderful husband and children to bits, but this little venture is for me. It is my me time (even though it is work) and it lets me stand in the sunshine, do a small amount of physical activity (setting up those marquees can be hard work) and it also lets me talk to other life size humans rather than wondering whether my 3 yo will actually eat what I have put in front of her. Most often, 'no' is the answer!
It has also taught me a really important thing about being a Mum. The kids will be fine without me. As a Mum this is one thing I find hard to deal with when I go to work as we so often get caught up in all that mummy guilt crap and it can sometimes be quite overwhelming. "What if I'm not there for them?" "What if the baby doesn't go to sleep?" etc etc. 5 hours is the most time I've spent away from our bub in a stretch, who is now 11 months old. And you know what, he's just fine. He is the most happy go lucky boy I've ever met and our 3 yo just delights in the time at home with her Dad.
I'm not in this business to give advice, but if I can offer one piece, let it be this.
They will be ok without you (I'm tearing up as I write this!! Boooo!!!).
So, whether you're a Mum who has had to return to work, whether you want to go and have a massage, or heck, even do the grocery shopping by yourself, they will be ok. When you walk back through that door, you will once again be the centre of their universe, and they might even treat you to a big hug and a smile. So you not only get that, but the independence and strength of doing something for yourself. I've learnt this the hard way, but boy, it is making a difference in my life and I wish I had have had the clarity of mind to see it earlier.