On taking time to make things happen

Things have been a little quiet on the blogging front lately, as I’ve been busy making preparations for a Mrs Goodness Shop!  I’m very excited at the prospect of being able to make and stock beautiful and practical homeware items that are really focussed on sustainable living and ethical consumerism, without sacrificing style and quality.  I hope that others will be able to embrace these ‘good’ values, and at the same time realise that life can be just as convenient and comfortable, if not more so, than it ever was!

However, despite my enthusiasm and the satisfaction that comes with hard work, it’s a pretty challenging juggling act, trying to build a little business while striving to be my domestic eco-goddess/super-mum self within a tight budget.  I keep pushing myself to work harder and aim higher, spurred on by an idea that so many other women can do this, so why can’t I?  Sometimes I imagine that it’s perfectly normal to start a business from scratch with a toddler and a three-year-old, and the pressure of mortgage repayments.  Just when I’ve got my head back around to common sense and rational thinking, there’s another feature story or article on another super-woman who’s done it all on her own, from scratch, usually with many children…!  And I’m stupidly comparing myself to her again…

I have to remind myself that what others may take from this blog may be an impression of my life that isn’t really accurate.  I try really hard to make my posts read in a relaxing, engaging way, and my good friend Holly’s beautiful photos certainly capture the most aesthetically pleasing aspects of my life!  But of course, these are just controlled snapshots.  I’m not really relaxing most of the time; as my husband will testify, haha!  I want to share the best parts of my learning experiences and journey towards a ‘good’ life, but I hope that I’m not making it harder for other people to feel good about what they already do, in the process.  I hope that my blogging inspires you, and makes you feel good about what you can do, and what you are doing, when you read my stories.

I want to make my dream of a Mrs Goodness Shop come to life – right now! – because I am very impatient.  But my husband has wisely advised me to step back a bit, and take it more slowly, as I am starting to feel overwhelmed by my own goals and deadlines.  I am so scared that if I allow things to happen more slowly, I will miss out somehow.  But I know he is right; I can’t deny that the more productive and efficient I try to be, the less time I actually have?! …and mysteriously, I don’t seem to achieve any more than I do when I’m slowly and enjoyably plodding like the old tortoise character in Aesop’s fable. I guess I just have to have faith in the belief of what’s meant to be and understand that things will work themselves out in their own time. So I’m writing this post to let you know that my shop dream is going to happen …soonish! …and I can’t wait to share it with you all in Good time. 😉

Est x

The featured image for this post shows my linen Weck jar cover and 580mL Weck Mold jar, both of which I will be selling in the Mrs Goodness Shop.  These are perfect for keeping sourdough starters and kefir!

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  • To my most amazing niece. I love your blogs, thanks for all your newsy bits. Don’t pressure yourself so much.
    Every day has 24 hours and time is your best friend.
    Nobody says you need to go faster or do more, its the moment you do whatever that is is the most important thing.
    if that means sitting in the sun watching the silverbeet grow, than that is it.
    Love yourself more and others a bit less, it helps to keep even keel that way. I admire your zest, love you as always Henk and Agnes xxxxxxxxxxx

  • You’re doing an amazing job, Es! Time flies for everyone with kids- I’d not even noticed a slow down in blog posts! I realised yesterday when you text that it had been a whole week since we last talked- and it felt like it was just a couple of days! So don’t pressure yourself too much with time contraints. Like you say, just be the tortoise and get it done in Good time. x