It's no secret that I run Raglan Guld from home. It's been just over 12 months since I began this fantastic adventure which I love every day. Not only do I get to make some fab pants, I also indulge myself with photography and writing. Raglan Guld has given me the chance to express myself in a way I could never before and I LOVE IT!!!!
BUT..........There has been a cost..............
Sometimes I am a little "slow on the uptake" with how our family is going until I get a flash of....what would you call it....insight....that makes me realize that the picture I see maybe blurred.
I have a Mac, when I receive emails I get a "Ping" sound that I can hear throughout the house. The thing is......while having a cuddle with Dave on the couch....he said..."You have mail".......Hmmmmmm...This is not good. The kids are finally asleep, we are having some quality time and now HE is starting to be aware of the "PING".
The email is not the problem, Dave is not the problem, the computer is not the problem, I AM THE PROBLEM....Why? The computer is my responsibility, Dave is a bricklayer, he has no need for computer skills, so I am the only one who has control over this key board. ITS TIME........................I am setting some BUSINESS HOURS!!!
RAGLAN GULD will now be open 9 - 3.00 Monday - Friday. My sunday photo will now be relocated to a Friday. Then the computer goes OFF!!! All emails will be responded to within these hours.
I have to do this. I do not want my kids to remember Mum at the computer, not being able to help, play, hold or the most important.......listen!!!!
When I started, I thought I would have to manage Raglan Guld all hours of the day and night, I could not make people wait for responses and I needed to address any emails asap....Its my old business training. Well I think I had it all wrong. When dealing with businesses online I now realize........they are not open 24 hours, they are run by humans and FAMILIES are involved.
Just recently on Post Secret someone's son or daugher wrote something like......... "Dad's laptop has destroyed my life".
If I don't listen to these alarm bells then I am a fool. I want to be here for a long time, I love what I do, I love my readers to bits and I want to be involved BUT not at a cost. Not at a cost to these babies, that it's my shared responsibility to raise into wonderful adults and to a husband, I want by my side until...........the day I die.
I have written in my profie....."This blog is reflective of my life, battles, joys and loves." This is one of those BATTLES that I have to WIN!