Or: Trying to get back into things after vacation.
I know, I know, one thing we should do if we want to be bloggers and keep our readers is be consistent! And, it's been.....awhile. Honestly, I wasn't sure what I would even write about, as I'm trying to keep this blog about soap and my experiences starting up a soap business and obviously I wasn't doing much soaping on vacation! Then there was getting back into the swing of things.....and a few soaping setbacks.....blah, blah, blah.
But here's the thing: learning to be consistent IS a part of the experience, and that is true no matter what endeavor you are undertaking. It's the discipline to set goals and make them happen. It's not letting day-to-day life get in the way. It's learning how to pick up something for an hour, put it down so you can take a kid to the orthodontist, then pick it up again later to make gains.
And there's the psychological side of things too. How many of us have histories full of starts and stops? I know I do, too many to count. Higher education, working, diets, child rearing, exercising, sewing, knitting, crocheting, painting---I've done it all! Some of those things I've seen through to completion, some....not so much.
But maybe that's just the way of it. As humans, we come hard-wired to be curious, to explore and experience life. And some of us take a little longer to learn that what we're looking for OUT THERE can be found, RIGHT HERE, if we only stand still long enough to let it happen. Well, and maybe do a little work to help it along too.
When I made my first cold-process batch of soap, I fell in love. Seriously. I know that sounds strange, but when you consider that I have spent a lifetime loving to cook and bake, it might not seem so odd after all. The two are very similar, which is also why I decided to call my business Soapcook. To me, it conjures up the image of stirring a steaming pot and creating a batch of homemade goodness, just in this case, soap and not soup!
That love of the process hasn't dwindled in nearly eight months of soaping, and I don't expect it will. The difference is that this time, I'm a little older, a little wiser, and a lot more willing to follow through so that I can see what comes out the other side. This time I know that my accumulation of experiences was to prepare me for the necessary parts of starting up a business from scratch. I'm expecting bumps along the way, and they don't scare me this time. I'm positive I'm forgetting something, missing a piece of the puzzle that will become obvious once I've passed a certain point. I'll go back and take care of it when it does.
In the meantime, it's simply plugging away. Whether it's creating labels, making inventory, or writing a blog post, I'll get it figured out eventually. And I hope you'll all hang around to see it happen!
Go out there and create!