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It's another late Friday night and I'm still in front of my computer, working on my handmade jewelry business, Peggy Li Creations (http://www.peggyli.com). I'm not making jewelry, however -- I'm updating images, posting to my Peggy Li Creations Facebook page, etc. etc. Just some of the myriad of tasks it takes to run a business. Lather, rinse, repeat.
I signed up for this, however. In fact, after 10 years with this business "on the side", I finally left my corporate job this past summer. It's been about six months and while it's been very freeing, with that freedom comes, well, lots of fear and doubt.
I felt like I *had* to give this business a shot, but now that I have it in my hands, what do I do with it? I'm trying to go through the process of really trying to reconnect with what I love about this business. I'm in it, I've done it, I got into a mode where I've just been running it.
What am I good at? What do I love about my business? Am I really doing the best I can to run it financially, artistically, to its full potential? As I struggle with where to go from here, I find many parallels with my business and personal life. As a person in my 30s, now late 30s, I let myself get into what I thought was a "groove" but may have been a bit of comfy blinders.
How to push? How to do the most you can, the best you can? How to stay in touch with what you are really passionate about, what you really love, when we are so distracted by just everyday living?
It's that "where do you see yourself 5 years from now?" the truth is, I don't know. But I'm glad I have the freedom to find out.