Here I am again with a monthly link up with A Chronic Voice. As always, these prompts often ‘allow’ me to write a few things that don’t make a whole blog, but feel good to talk about. I especially appreciate these this month as my brain is overloaded with new business venture excitement!
When the pandemic first became a ‘serious issue’ in this country, it took over my life as I have written about before and now I can’t say it’s much different to ‘normal’ life. I also could never have foreseen the opportunities of lockdown. I recently did a guest blog for Twitter friend, on the positives it has presented: I could not have foreseen the acceleration in mine and my partner’s musings of starting a business because of this crisis and I am not suggesting I can foresee it being an immediate huge success! I say this not because I don’t believe in the products, of course; we are making beautiful handcrafted items made mostly out of wood which I am very proud to wear or use and sell. But these are not essential and there is less spare cash in people’s pockets than there was before. I don’t know what I foresee in terms of success but it would mean such a positive outlook to my future if this became part of it. If you’d like to take a look at what we have made, please check us out on Facebook, Etsy and/or Pinterest.
While I am super excited about all this business creation malarky, I am also panicking slightly that my health won’t cope. Having chronic migraine where I can do some activities means on the one side I am very grateful for not being bed bound, but on the other it continually tempts me to do too much. Where I can get enthusiastic about an activity, idea, conversation, I can get an increase in symptoms. Panicking will only make things worse so I will put everything I have learnt about pacing and saying ‘no’ – to myself mostly, at the moment – to hope that I can keep things on the level as much as I ever can.
I’m used to access being a bit more difficult, from the last year of my home being a narrowboat; having to plan in when I order meds for when we’re going through somewhere big enough to have a pharmacy, to finding the postcode for a canal bridge to get food shopping delivered. Now, based at the mother in law’s, we have access to a postal address which makes food shopping (when we can get a delivery slot) and other deliveries much easier. I’m also meant to have a neurology appointment in July but I have no idea whether I’ll be accessing that or not….
I always find blogging soothing, and these prompts make me have to think a bit less which is always helpful! However, with the business now started and lockdown looking like it could ease in the near future, I’m not sure where that will leave my time and energy for blogging. I don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to soothe but at the same time it is definitely unwise to push myself to do more; to beat myself up that I haven’t written a blog for here for two weeks (as is the the case now). If you’ve been in a similar situation I’d really value your thoughts on what has been a good way forward for you.
That’s it from me for now, please do have a look at some other linkups from other fabulous bloggers (scroll down to below the prompts). As always, comments below are welcomed.