I said that in a Facebook post earlier this week. And I was. And I am. I have busier this December than I would really like to be. BUT there are reasons for the busyness. It IS intentional, which to me, somehow feels better than when I just let my/our schedule get filled with too many lovely, but not necessary, things.
But my December has filled with watching children (this isn't new), taking care of the Simple Family (also not new), trying to live a simple life (also not new) PLUS I am doing some freelance training for 2-3 hours most days (new) AND I'm trying to build a small business (new).
What small business do you ask? Well, most of my readers probably already know about it, but I'll share here now too. I was going to wait until things were a little further along, but I am going to go ahead and share what it is AND what I envision it becoming.
Over the years, I have taught some class in "simple living" through those Women Living Wisely classes. However, my friend Joy and I stopped offering them a couple years ago. I, however, continued to get requests over the years to learn how to do things like preserving food or crocheting or making laundry soap. I wanted to, but never really got around to organizing anything.
Then in August, after yet another person said something to me about it, I decided, I am going to do it. I'm going to start offering classes. And so I started a Facebook page about it (You can like us at http://www.facebook.com/SimplyLivingInTheCity) and titled it Simply Living In The City. I called it that because it sort of went along with my blog here, but it also opened it up for me to talk about learning "simple skills" in any urban setting. It is basically "urban homesteading" - but I am unable/uninterested in having chickens/goats/bees, etc. in my backyard so I don't talk about/teach classes on those topics. And I decided to have a topic of the day, so each day I post something about gardening. Or soapmaking. Or canning. Or sewing. You get the idea. I love hearing how other people are trying to live a Simple Life. Their Way.
I decided to offer my first class on the third Friday of September. I decided to do Preserving Food, since it was that time of year anyway. I posted about the upcoming class on on the Facebook page. And my personal FB page. And a local entrepreneur FB page. And crossed my fingers. And people came.
I made a blog for Simply Living In the City (You can check it out at http://simplylivinginthecity.wordpress.com) for recipes and tutorials and handouts and pictures and videos. I'll be honest and say that I haven't been able to update it as much and as often as I would like, but that will be changing after the new year.) I will blogging most days over there - but don't worry, I'll still post here. I still want to talk about MY family and how we are living the simple life. Or to post 700 pictures of our trip to Disney World. :)
I taught a class in October about Making Your Own Dairy (so, so easy, and so, so fun!) and then November was Beginning Crocheting and Knitting. Yep, I learned how to knit! I've made TWO dishcloths so far. (Hold your applause, please!) And on this Friday, I'll be teaching a class on Making Your Own Soap. They are held every third Friday, and I've got them scheduled through next August.
And after that? I'll be offering the same type of classes, but at the local community college. Right now, I'm offering the classes for free, but next fall, I'll be making money from it. Not a ton, but that isn't REALLY my goal. I'd like to cover my costs, and a little more, but mostly, I just want to help people learn how to do things like garden. Or use a pressure canner. Or make a t-shirt quilt.
And that's not all. (Oh, that not all! LOL) I will be also opening an on-line store! I am hoping to open in February and you can go there to get all sorts of "Simply Living" supplies. Cast iron dutch ovens, water bath canner, gardening netting, organic yarn, yogurt cultures. That sort of thing. Right now, I have to go to several brick and mortar/online stores to get all the "Simply Living" supplies I need, and I'm guessing that plenty of people have to do the same, and so I wanted to create a place where you could find everything (well, most things) in one place. I'll keep you posted on our grand opening, hopefully sometime in February 2012!
AND I'm working on a book. I've been working on it off and on, and now I'm definitely on. I'm writing and looking for a publisher.
So I'm busy. And in case you hadn't noticed, it is also the holiday season. I am trying to find snippets of time to work on gifts, so that fills what very little free time I have left.
But I'm also intentionally slowing down soon. From December 21st until December 27th I'm not working on ANYTHING but gifts and spending time with my family.
But until then, yea, I'm a little tired . . .