In the Balance

A lot has been written about work/life balance, but I feel like it’s an area that many people still struggle with. We as busy women are just stretched thin in so many different directions that allocating our time can often feel like ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul,’ as the saying goes. Maintaining some balance in my work and home lives while also taking time for self care was on my mind recently as I set out to tackle another business “first.”

This week was a big one for us at Emily’s Handmade Soaps! We packed up our gear and headed to downtown Seattle to set up for the Seattle Gift Show, a wholesale only event at the Washington State Convention Center. For those of you who aren’t familiar, wholesale only shows are events in which buyers from retail shops come to buy large quantities of products that they sell in their stores. These are gigantic events with hundreds (thousands?) of exhibitors, and this year we were one of them. It meant longer hours and lots of juggling as my super amazing helper Desiree and I navigated keeping the retail shop up and running and managing the wholesale show at the same time.

Being so busy is wonderful for my business, but I worried that it might take a toll on my home life if I wasn’t careful. In last week’s blog post I talked about the importance of self care, so after a long day on my feet, I set aside some time to take a nice long bath with my new Luxury Bath Tea Gift Set. This bath tea is just a little bit different than my single-use Lavender Bath Tea. The Luxury Bath Tea comes in a tube that contains enough bath tea for 3-4 baths and includes sea salt and coconut milk powder for a decadent bathing experience. I poured a generous amount into the included reusable mesh tea ball and steeped away in a steamy, botanically infused bath. There’s something so calming about the herbal scent with just a hint of geranium essential oil.

Recharged from my bath, the next day at the Seattle Gift Show was fantastic (we’re looking forward to welcoming several new stockists to our lineup in the coming weeks)! I missed my family tremendously after the long day, so we decided on a little impromptu family date with Indian food at one of our favorite local spots. My kids have been binge watching music videos on YouTube from Trolls for days, so we surprised them with a 3-D movie outing after dinner. (I feel like I’m never going to get that Justin Timberlake song out of my head!)

I’m not going to say that striking a balance between my business and my family is always easy. It’s emphatically not. With some planning, flexibility, and support from family and friends, I felt like the pieces fell together this week. I want to keep up the trend, so I’d love to hear from you!

What to you do to keep your home and work lives in balance? Let me know in the comments!

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