As you might have noticed or heard by now, I have decided to stop taking new orders until further notice. I have been overwhelmed by all the messages of support and encouragement that have been sent my way, and I am very thankful for everyone who has taken the time to get in touch.
I did want to take some time to just put your minds at ease. Everyone is asking me what happened, and although there is no one thing that has led to this decision, there has been a lot going on the last couple of months, and it has just all been working together to lead me to this.
Many of you might not have realised, but I have a hubby and two young boys at home, and as the business has been growing, and I have been saying yes to more and more orders, I have been saying no to these three very important people more often. I have been working every Thursday and Friday night for as long as I can remember. Most Saturdays I am not available to spend with them because I need to finish off orders or deliver and set up wedding cakes. We struggle to go away for weekends, because I always have to be here for order pick ups. Afternoons after school have been particularly difficult too as I found myself saying no to time with them so that I could spend that time working (not because I wanted to, but because the orders had to be finished). Now I am not saying these things to lament and complain, but just stating the facts 😊.
I have built up a lot of knowledge and experience running my own business over the past 5 and a half years, and I am eager to share that with other like-minded people, I just need to work out how I will go about this. I am taking some time to reconnect with my family, and I am just enjoying the extra time with them. Life is so short, and we really do have to make the most of every moment we have. Deciding what are the most important things in my life has been a huge stepping stone and I want to make sure I am where God wants me to be, doing what He has intended for me…
Although I am not completely sure what I will be doing next business wise, I do have a few things in the pipeline, so keep an ear on the ground… Whatever the final direction is that I will be taking, it is important to me that it will allow me enough time to be with my family, so that I can manage that healthy family – work – life balance (that thing we all dream of, if it even exists!). Also, although I am not taking on new orders, I still do want to design cakes, so I am looking forward to baking and creating again in future – on my own terms though – doing the flavours and designs that I have always wanted to do, but never found the time to explore and experiment with.
I appreciate everyone’s understanding and again, thank you for all the lovely messages of support and encouragement that has been sent my way.