depleted poppy

my whole family jokes about the name of my business, the pleated poppy.  don’t worry, i’m totally ok with it.

i have more than once typed “the pleated poopy” and hopefully caught myself every time before i hit send or publish.  my husband jokingly switched up my email to say the pleated poopy, thinking only i would see it, but instead it went out to whoever i emailed.  thankfully i had only emailed one of my closest friends and she emailed me back about it right away to let me know.  i was able to laugh about it, and it really was pretty funny.

my parents are visiting right now, along with my sister and her baby.  tonight we sat around joking about the name again, calling my dad the pleated papa.  and he has more than once referred to my company as either de pleated poppy or depleted poppy.

and it struck me.  lately i have felt like depleted poppy.

i am in a funk with my business (just keeping it real).  sales are good and pretty consistent, i am happy with my products, i have really scaled back on my time working to spend more time with my family – but even with all that, i’m just in a rut.  i have several new product ideas, many even already in the prototype stages, but i have no motivation to move forward on them!  i am still plugging along with the normal stuff (bags and belts coming oh so soon, promise!), but i am lacking desire to do much work beyond the day-to-day necessities.  and i have been nearly non-existent on most forms of social media – ugh.

the good news is i think i know why.   or at least i have an excuse for it this week!  like i said, my sister is here and this is a rare thing.  i last saw her a year ago, when she had just the beginnings of a baby bump showing, and now she’s here with my 6 month old nephew, jack – who just happens to be the best baby i have ever met – so mellow and happy.  they will be here for the week before heading home to australia.  and then i’ll have another excuse for a slump – i’ll be so sad they left!  but for this week, my blogging might be lame (or non existent), and my emails may lag a day or so longer than usual, homeschool may be sped through at great rates.  but we will have snuggle time, and pedicures, and shopping excursions – those should all perk me up, right?!

thanks for bearing with me!

Comments

  1. 1

    Today was a depleted day for me. I also occasionally get in those slumps of no motivation. I ignore all social media like the plague during those times. :) Enjoy having your family in town!! They are much more important than blog posts. Will be praying you guys have a wonderful time.

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    I think most of the blogs I read are having a bit of a slump at the moment. Maybe your body is telling you to recharge with your family around. Slumps never last that long and I hope you are fully de-slumped soon! I hope a new product will be iPhone cases I would love those on your shop site.

    Enjoy your family and a quiet blogging week.

    Pru

  3. 3

    Oh my, what an adorable baby!

    Dear lady, you are so lovely and everyone one needs a slump now and then. You’ll come out of it with even more umph and creativity than ever before! I’m sure of it.

    Have fun with your sis! Sisters are the BEST. :)

    Genevieve

  4. 4

    I feel you… i’ve spent the last year and a half in a total complete and utter slump (not depression don’t freak out) after reading anne voscomps “One thousand Gifts” and humbling myself like crazy, i can fully see the light and a new sense of JOY. I just feel sorry for my readers … who have heard the brunt of it. But don’t worry you have never let things slip in my opinion. YOU are are wonderful woman with loads of talent, but your human, and humans are not perfect. we get busy, bogged down and loose interest. But with God i control we can fully allow ourselves to take control of our lives and situations. Slumps are times when we just spend our time dwelling so when the busy time comes we can look foward with full knowledge of where we are heading. Keep going, you can do it- or let go if you must. Letting go never means you’ve given up but realised what is important to you.

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    Nadir@StitchSense says:

    I know how you feel, I’m currently working on getting things in gear for multiple craft shows I have lined up & then I need to stock my shop, its been hard to balance it all lately. Take time to enjoy your family while they’re with you! You won’t get that same time back again. :-) Blessings to you!

  6. 6

    I think we all go through these seasons with our blogs, social networks, businesses … heck, life! We’ll still be here when you get back. ;) Have fun with that precious nephew!

  7. 7

    I know how you feel!

    I hope you get to soak up every bit of family time possible! Nothing is better for the soul than loving and spending precious time with family!

  8. 8

    i don’t comment often, but i wanted to say that you are rad… i enjoy your blog A LOT. i know what you mean about being in a slump. sometimes i get that way when i have family visiting… because i know it’s going to end and that part makes me sad. even though i am really happy and enjoying my time with the most wonderful people on earth i know i will have to say good-bye and i don’t like that part. enjoy your time with your precious family.

  9. 9

    I’m sorry to hear that you are not feeling motivated to work right now, but I appreciate your willingness to share those emotions. It helps me to know that I’m not alone! : ) Enjoy your family. You had a super busy summer (or so it seemed to me) and I think that it’s great that you are taking a little break for fun. Have a wonderful week! Tricia

  10. 10

    I just had to share what my 9 year old son calls your blog. If he sees me reading it he asks if I am on the Knit Zinnia blog. I generally respond with a no then he asks if it is maybe the Quilted Rose. He has his father’s subtle, dry sense of humor!
    Enjoy your time with your family!

  11. 11

    Enjoy your family!! I go thru the same types of spurts. It’s hard to always stay motivated. You can’t quit anytime soon though. Your work is amazing!!!

  12. 12

    i totally understand! ive been in a slump lately myself- feeling overwhelmed with life and with no motivation for blogging… hope you perk up soon! and what a sweet nephew, hes gorgeous!

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    ali walker says:

    If your like me, your craft/business used to “fill your bucket”. Now its more business than bucket filling. It sounds like you need to do some good filling up of your bucket. It happens to the best of us. And I need to take my own advice too!

  14. 14

    The good thing about having your business is that you can have slow periods and down time and it’s all good. I know how hard it is to be separated from family, that is one sweet baby!

  15. 15

    My family lovingly calls my business “the fat pigeon”

    xo

  16. 16

    Awww! No worries, Lindsey! Stop beating yourself up over it. We all go through varying seasons throughout our lives. Could you imagine how boring it would be if it was the same old same old all the time? Be thankful for the break and focus on what is truly important. Enjoy the time with your sister and her beautiful baby, Jack. The moments will be precious!

  17. 17

    I think we all get in a slump sometimes. Enjoy your time with your sister and the rest of your family. Snuggling babies always help me to feel better. : )

  18. 19

    Anyone would be distracted by that beautful boy. I say pick out the four most important school stuff and then spend the rest of the time with your sister. Time together building memories is precious and valuable and really the most important thing. As for the other stuff, it will come together sweet friend. You are surroundded by a God who loves you and friends and family that think you are amazing. XO

  19. 20

    oh linds’ it’s OK! i just left the same comment at AllisonO’s blog & i can say it again to you because it applies here: don’t feel bad about leaving us. you are doing what is important to YOU and that’s all that matters. your very best blogging friends will still be here whether you post every day of the week and constantly have new products to show us or not. :)

  20. 21

    Oooooh! Squeeze those cheeks and smell that divine baby head. All of the other stuff can wait. This is the frosting. Savor these days.

    Who knows! Inspiration may be born out of this time, but whatever comes, look it in the eye and call it by name. “Slump” “inspiration” “poopy”. I find when I do that, I can co exist instead of being owned by it.

  21. 23

    So with you and compelled to respond. It’s called burnout and it happens when you own a business and work during most of your waking hours. But then again, you know this, don’t you? I love your products, your blog, everything. Take a break. You know that you’ll come back refreshed and ready to rock. It’s what we creative types do – it’s our life. :) Enjoy.

  22. 24

    Your honesty is refreshing. Back in the day people ran businesses without their customers knowing anything about their personal lives…let alone a weekly blog post! You deserve to take a break and re-prioritize as obviously your guests are much more important! Your real life honesty only makes me like you more!

  23. 25

    Sorry to hear you’re in a funk. I can relate. I get into those moods every once in a while. Usually when I’ve slacked in the exercise department. That keeps me stable, I’m telling ya. But it’s inevitable every once in a while. Hope you find your mojo again soon!! Meanwhile, enjoy that baby. What a darling.

  24. 26

    I can so relate to the “pleated poopy” thing. I host a small weekly meme called “Making Your Home Sing Monday” which is supposed to be a sort of motivation to encourage women to pick something they are going to do to make their homes “sing” that week.

    I like to type fast and move on, so I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left a comment and told women “thank you for making your HO sing this week” or “thank you for making your home SIN this week.” Ummm…yeah.

    As for your lack of motivation or inspiration I would say that is pretty normal, and I think it’s part of being a woman. Frankly, I blame hormones, lol! Seriously though, I can go to bed tired and uninspired and unenthusiastic about something and wake up the next morning refreshed and excited, etc. All I needed was sleep,

    But sometimes, it just takes awhile. Especially if there’s something more interesting or fun around, lol!

    So just pick one thing that you want to do to make your home or business SING this week, lol!

  25. 27

    Hey Lindsey, I second everything Emily said. I go through fazes like that too. Sometimes when I am too burnt on social media I will unintentionally just drop off the face of the facebook world. I call it my facebook fast. It is because I, and you, are enjoying the moment we are in. We are being present with the moments that matter most. Enjoy. Babies don’t keep…

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    Thanks for being brave and posting. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who feels this way. I think for me it is an overwhelming time of year and so sometimes I just shut down. We will be back to our old selves in no time.

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