I had lunch with a good friend first week of March and told her I was thinking of closing the business temporarily over the summer to give myself time to reconnect to what was important to me. Time to be carefree and time to chill with my kids and husband and not feel that sense of pressure and guilt that I felt every day.
I wanted to explore my creativity in other ways. I wanted to get fitter, healthier and sleep more. But I was worried what people would think. What you would think? Could I really close down for a few months and still have a business and customers to come back to?
Then Covid happened. We went into lockdown.
Well, blow me! Not only could I, if I wanted to, take some time away from the business but I could spend more time at home with my kids and husband. I could have 2 hours of exercise and fresh air every day. I could watch Joe Wicks every bl%$dy morning!!
No school runs, no activities, no socialising. Suddenly we had all the time in the world and we were all levelled. It wasn’t just me having to put my hand up and saying ‘hold on guys, I’m struggling here and I need time out’. We were all thrown into the same boat.