I'm back from LA. I was there attending the textile show. I also hit the streets scouring fabric vendors for new prints for our fitted diapers.
On the plane on the way out of town, I read Inc. and Entrepreneur magazines cover to cover. Honestly, these are the first magazines in a long time I felt engaged in reading. I'm not a complete snob, sometimes I like me some People magazine, but even those aren't even interesting as a guilty pleasure these days. Maybe it's bad enough that I have felt like I had to avoid LiLo at the gym. When celebrities come to your home town you realize that you don't want to be near them at all, so why would you want to read about them?
Anyway, I had all this knitting I was going to do, or so I thought. Kristen of Hotslings saved me from myself and we had lots of fun exploring and hanging out in la la land when we weren't working. (By the way, her slings are the original and the best. My 2 1/2 year old still asks to ride in the Hotsling, and I love to oblige her.)
Back to the business magazines and getting advice from people who have been there, I have learned and decided the following:
I'm going to stop behaving as if I'm in crisis mode. I've been doing things like pulling all nighters and putting myself last as if this is just some temporary thing I have to get through, because it's not. This is What I Do. Otherwise I am going to burn out. I do.not.want.to.burn.out. I love this business. I have a whole vision of what it can be and I intend to carry it out.
Also, I'm going to be better organized in my physical space and better organized with my time. I am going to set business hours and only answer emails during business hours. That means Saturday and Sunday will be devoted to my family. This will better serve me and my customers (because I will be in Work Mode when I am answering them, and then better help them).
Speaking of spending time with my family, I have decided to do a trial get-back-together with Menu Mailer. I was a serious devotee of this system, it worked so well for our family. It had gone by the wayside and cold cereal, peanut butter sandwiches and quesadillas were becoming our default dinners. I'm so sick of it. Working is part of my life so I'm going to Suck It Up And Adapt. I want real food but I can't spend hours poring over cookbooks right now. So, I took my girls with me grocery shopping on Saturday and we are all loaded up with ingredients for 5 dinners, and my breakfasts, lunches and snacks. I did the whole deal, baby. We'll see how it goes. Bill is very excited about having hot Soozy-made dinners again. I wonder if he remembers the deal is that he has to do the dishes?
Also, I'm going to have to hire someone. Scary! But exciting! But Scary! I've got a new shipping system I'm setting up this week. After I get the new system set in place and the job description figured out, I'll advertise. I need someone who can be dedicated at work, who is an OCD perfectionist organizer. I need someone who can take over shipping and maybe some of the customer service responsibilities so I can develop more products, etc. I'm such a control freak, this is going to be hard. We'll see how that goes.
And, the eternal question, when is goodmama stocking more prints? A few weeks, that is the best I have. Our big holdup is the snaps. They are very labor intensive and hand set. We ran out of bamboo velour a few weeks ago and that put us off our production routine, and we're still catching up. If you want to receive notice of when prints are stocked, please create an account in the store at http://www.thegoodmama.com and check that you want to receive emails. You'll hear there first, I promise.
Here is my daughter Hazel in a baby pink organic bamboo velour one-size fitted goodmama diaper! She loves these "sooo sofff" diapers. I love seeing your babies in goodmamas too, so keep those photos coming!