This week I have been spontaneously stopping at different moments throughout the day and just enjoying being happy. Not because of big momentous things, but just through the joy of little things. I have had a visit to the post office each day this week, with a little pile of parcels wrapped in brown paper to send off to customers. I get such a thrill from wrapping them and carrying them into the counter. Getting to do it every day is so cool. It makes me happy!
I also got to hand deliver three other sales. Which meant having lovely chats with the people I am selling to. Joy! It is such a privilege to make things for other people that they want and love.
A lap top sleeve for an English student – she chose such appropriate fabric!
I have started and finished three custom orders in the last two days. With no hiccups! Again – happy! I have cooked a lovely (she says modestly) meal for a friend, spoken on the phone with another, and had lunch with yet another. All moments that give joy. I have sat and watched the rain soaking my garden, and while I am sure that my joy cannot begin to match the joy of local farmers who have needed this so much, it has still given me joy.
The grey wet day through my window when I stopped to refill my bobbin!
I think that knowing that I have time to plan for my future and my family’s future is giving me the time to appreciate the little things again. And it feels good! It also gives me time to come up with all sorts of ideas – which, upon closer inspection, turn out to be a mix of brilliance and complete rubbish!
On the handmade front I am, and will keep being, busy. I have further custom orders to complete, stock to make for the Handmade Shop, stock that I want to make for my Etsy shop, a business plan or two to write, some research to do, and some articles to write. All of that means that I am expecting a fair few more of the little moments of joy!
One of the projects that I want to put some time into is preparing some online resources that share some of the lessons that I have learnt over the last couple of years about building a creative business, becoming a stall holder, planning, selling online, and taking the steps to translate a hobby into a business. If there is something in particular that you would like to know, please let me know – either in the comments, or by email (Theresa@alittlebirdmademe.com) so that I can be sure to include some answers for you in the materials that I prepare – or get one of my many friends with expertise to help me answer your question!!
For now – back to little moments of joy. I have just one chick in the nest tonight, so she gets extra cuddles and stories for bedtime and that is where I am headed.
What moments of joy have you been able to find this week? I would love to hear about them – big or small!