I am a worrier. I can worry about anything and everything. Over the past couple of months, I’ve been doing a lot of worrying and it’s led to a blogging break. I couldn’t cope with wondering if my photos were good enough or if I’d written this or that paragraph well enough.
Instead of blogging, I’ve been concentrating more on Isobelle’s Pantry, my online shop. I’ve swapped planning blog posts for planning new product lines. In listing a new item, I don’t feel as personally exposed as I do when I hit that ominous orange publish button. As I listed more items, I had more sales. And with these came really lovely feedback from happy customers – reading them is the best feeling ever. Slowly, but surely, my confidence has grown again. I feel like I can tackle both the shop and blog once again.
I haven’t avoided blogs altogether. While I’ve stayed from the keyboard, I’ve still been reading. I’ve been so inspired by other creative ladies who are dedicated to making their businesses the most successful that they can be. Reading about their processes and experiences is incredibly empowering. I’ve learnt that believing in yourself and focusing on your strengths is key. I need to remember that although striving to be the best is important, but it’s not everything. It’s also OK to stay in your pyjamas and watch too many YouTube videos of cats once in a while too. I’m not a corporate machine. Isobelle’s Pantry is run by me and me alone. It’s this personal quality that is special.
Want to feel inspired too? Take a peek at my reading list –