Well it seems that as I was busy with a sewing push, life's long to-do list piled up around me. When I finally felt as though I had put significant effort into this blog, the set-up of the online store, the fashion show in Denver, and the finishing touches on the spring line, I looked around to see a bunch of other, albeit much more mundane, tasks piled up around here. So for the past few weeks I have been doing things such as: dusting the tops of the ceiling fans, vacuuming under the rugs, washing windows, (I know Mom... I just told you it wasn't worth the effort with three little sets of hands and three little steamy mouths around here...but I couldn't stand it any longer.) grading papers, planning a staff-development day, making a little film for my school staff, (I rarely speak about my actual career here on my chinny chin chin blog, but my true profession is elementary education. I am a fourth grade teacher at a public IB school in our neighborhood. As teaching goes, it is an ideal match to my educational philosophy and an absolutely delightful mix of international and local students.) putting away laundary, sewing secret baby stuff for my friend Mandy's baby shower, sewing adorable bedding for my nephew Basho's crib, etc. I have a really difficult time striking a work-life balance at times. I am passionately devoted to teaching, and yet it has a real propensity to take so much mental and emotional energy. I love the creative outlet that chinny chin chin offers me, and yet it also takes away from my family life in a way that I can resent at times. I love the possibilities that the development of chinny chin chin provides, but the uncertainty and inability to devote neccessary blocks of time makes things difficult. I have enjoyed going outside my comfort zone to learn new web skills to set up the store etc. I actually also like the graphic design tasks of designing the spring catalog, although connecting with a printer and gathering estimates on the print job are tasks I could do without. I really like photographing my kids, as I feel like the shots are meaningful to me as keepsakes and memories, as well as functioning as a business tool. I would have liked to do such a business volume this spring to be able to afford a digital SLR camera. So as you can see (read) I am weighing in on the job I have done/am doing with chinny chin chin, this rainy Sunday night.
And then there are these very, very super sweet words from Shana which, honest to pete, have made me feel so greatful and so very understood artistically. Thank you Shana!