Well, I didn’t see myself making a PSA like this, but I feel I owe it to my local customers to announce ahead of time.
I have decided to take some time off in August and September from cakes. I’m not completely quitting cakes for those months – just taking a a break from how many I normally do (which is ALOT). Late nights and no breaks on the weekends is wearing me down physically, mentally and emotionally.
Can you see how tired I look in that picture up there? That was taken just a couple of weekends ago and while I was thrilled to be there doing that cake, I was also completely exhausted and sleep-deprived. I didn’t even have time to fix my hair before making that delivery… that’s just pitiful!
August is a long time from now, but I’m nearly booked through then so I’m looking ahead and making the decision now to make that my break time. This will not affect my blog – I plan to keep chugging away during that time sharing cakes and tutorials and recipes…. I just won’t be doing much new work “in real life”.
Don’t panic if you’ve already talked to me about an order during that time. I will be honoring requests I’ve already agreed to and have deposits for. If I don’t already have a deposit, I’ll decide on a case-by-case (or cake-by-cake) basis as to whether I’ll still do the order.
I know this may upset some customers when I say no, but the fact is everybody needs a break and I almost never have them.
Between being a homemaker and wife, homeschooling 6 kids, blogging and volunteering for this and that and doing an average of 5 cakes per weekend … I’m just stretched too thin! I rarely sleep more than 4-5 hours, I’m in constant pain in my back and shoulders and with headaches, and I don’t feel like I’m doing my best at anything because I’m trying to do everything. I won’t keep whining – I’ve done this to myself, but I am also the one who can undo this… so I am.
With encouragement from my husband and faith that God will give me wisdom on how to better manage things, I hope to be back better than ever in the fall! Thanks so much for your continued support and always coming back and again for your celebrations!
Lots of love & hugs!! Rose