Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Getting real on Instagram!

A few weeks ago, I opened up about something that's been bugging me for quite some time now... You all know it. You've all felt it. It's the dreaded BURNOUT!

Now, I've been burnt out before, but never like this. I have burnout on top of burnout. When you run a crafty biz you don't have much time for burnout recovery, do you? Nope. You job is to keep creating. To keep churning out the handmade goodness at the rate of a small factory. Ug, that is hard work. It's compounded when you have a staff that relies on you to help pay the rent. No matter how much stress you have, stress sucks!! Big. Time.

As some of you may have noticed I stopped making handmade goods for now. My Modern June Etsy  shop is on vacation and that I'm only selling fabrics on my website, Modern June and at Oilcloth Addict. Why? Well, that's a big question, and the answer requires us to sit down for over a long dinner while sharing a bottle of w(h)ine. For now, I'm just trying to open up and share a bit more in-the-now, after I've mentally processed it a bit, and I'm a little less raw.

So to kick-off my journey, I'm sharing my Instagram story from a few weeks ago:
It's an honor to have all day to play (around and draw all day) like this!! Not too long ago my days where filled with making cool loot! I really enjoyed making tablecloths and other useful goodies until a year ago. Work and staff management kept me away from my kids for 9-14 hours a day. Even when I was home I was working on the computer or at my sewing machine. I would go weeks at a time without a day off. Basically, I was more than exhausted. The more successful I was, the more there was to manage. Money, supplies, and Junies (my workers). When I started #modernjune 8 1/2 years ago I never really meant to run a company. I never imagined writing sewing books, or having a staff. I had no idea that all of these things were possible. I rode the waves of hard work and opportunity where they took me, rarely saying "no." Over committed was my middle name!! Until last year, when I caught myself in a lie!! I told a customer who was gushing over my booth filled with product, that I had a blast managing the making of it all. The fact was, I was tired and I missed being #mamahen! It nearly took me an entire year to whittle down Modern June to a manageable specialty #fabricshop, Oilcloth Addict! Now, everyday I try to be creative! I do a little drawing or crocheting before and after I #homeschool our teenaged kids. Every day I remind myself that #mycreativitydoesntneedtobemonetized. I remind myself that my self worth does not have to be tied to my success as an #entrepreneur and maker. Sometimes being a mom is everything! Soon enough, I'll have an empty nest and I'll be able to do all kinds of crazy things I never thought were possible! #grateful!
How have you beat burnout? Leave me a comment below so we can chat about it. Also, check out my Instagram and see daily drawings and much more!


Jessica said...

Sorry to hear about the burnout, having to be creative non-stop sounds really rough! But it's fantastic you've recognized it early, and are able to take things down a few notches.
Even though I am not making a living or selling my handmade things very often, I still feel the crafty burnout- I think it's why I have so many different hobbies! Sick of sitting in front of the sewing machine? Time to pick up the knitting needles! Now I'm tired of wool, off to play with my bead collection... and so on. I love rediscovering the joy I find in the details and techniques of different handcrafts :) Often I find just scaling down the size of my projects helps a lot, instant gratification does wonders sometimes!

Heather said...

I feel for you, Kelly! I have a career I love but when my career or hobbies start to eat up my time with my kids or my happiness, I have to take a long break. I'm lucky enough to have that luxury. You're doing the right thing. When your soul is healed and your kids are out of the nest, your creative inspiration will be back full force. Enjoy this time with them!

Kelly McCants said...

Sadly, it wasn't early. I have been ready for a break for over a year. It took me about 6 months to finally put the shop of vacation.

Wow, these are great suggestions! I am so happy to have time to put these to good use. I haven't sewn or worked on personal projects in so long, I have 10 years worth of project materials just sitting here waiting for me!

Thanks so much for sharing!

Belinda said...

God Bless Kelly! I too felt some level of burnout when my oldest hit high school. I wasn't running a business, just sewing every minute I could find, trying to live up to the "she can do it all" mantra. I just stopped cold turkey & concentrated on raising those 3 kiddos. I picked it back up again once the kiddos had all left the nest (a 15 year hiatus). Now I'm enjoying sewing more than ever & even do some custom work on a part time basis. The part time thing is intentional, so that I still have time just to sew what I want to sew, when I want to sew it. It's so very hard to keep things in balance & in perspective when there's a family to care for. Enjoy whatever creative time you have for now, knowing that later, you will have more time available & will have had plenty of time to think about how you want to spend it. Hang in there!