Thursday, 26 June 2014

What a month!!!

Well, June was supposed to be a very busy month for me business wise.  However, due to the NHS not fitting in with my busy schedule, it meant I had the option of taking their cancellation appointment for my operation or risk being taken off the waiting list.  Consequently, the day after the phone call, there I was wearing a hospital gown and sexy blue surgical stockings with a needle in my hand waiting for the anesthetic to work.  Considering I had less than 24 hours to prepare and sort the kids out I was remarkably calm. (thanks to a super hypnotherapy relaxation app on my phone!) As it turned out, my day surgery, turned into a stay of four days due to complications and the kids managed totally fine without mum.

It really couldn't have come at a worst time and I thought it'd be all done and dusted and in two weeks I'd be fine!  Oh no! Besides the aches and pains, bits of stitches poking through my skin that I thought were supposed to have dissolved by now, the sheer exhaustion, probably caused by all the medication and then to top it all being floored with what started out as hayfever but might be viral, I also started to suffer with the guilt and stress because I'm having to let people down.

I think everyone will agree I went back to work far too early and so because I started to feel ill at work, I was sent home and now I'm having to take some more time off to recuperate some more. So, this week I was upset that I had to pull out of  an event with the lovely Stitched Up Ladies.  I was supposed to be doing a talk about being a Working Parent and because I was too poorly they cancelled it.  I felt so wretched but  they're going to reschedule for later in the year and I'll hopefully I'll be feeling totally better by then.

So yesterday, I had to make the decision to pull out of doing two craft fairs this weekend.  I'm gutted! But it can't be helped. I just don't feel well enough.  Funnily enough, one of my tips for my talk at Stitched Up was very fitting to my current situation.  This is it... ..

"There may be times when you are going to have to disappoint someone in business because things don't always go to plan, because for instance, you're ill or your kids are ill or your childcare lets you down at the last minute. If this happens and you get a negative response from them, it's not your fault!! What you then have to consider is do you want to work with someone who is unsympathetic? Life does not always go to plan and however organised we are, the unexpected can happen. You have to learn to say no and not feel guilty about it. The guilt part is a hard one, because we all hate letting people down, but you and your family comes first"...

so...I'm going to practice what I preach and try not to feel guilty, and so far, nobody's responded to my apologies in a negative way.  So that's ok...and on that note...I'm going to go and do....not very much and just get better!!!

PS I did manage to get to the opening of the new gallery in Littleborough, "Fresh from the Studio", for a little while this evening, that's stocking my jewellery.  Unfortunately, I couldn't stay too long but it's a lovely space and it was great to see so many people there.  Hopefully, my jewellery will do well there. I'll post some photos tomorrow, if I feel up to it, of some of the pieces that are available to buy.

G'night xx

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