Is it just me or has 2020 been emotionally exhausting? As someone who veers towards melancholia, the events and realities in the wider world this year have, at times, reduced me to rubble. There have been days when I don’t have the energy or inclination to do anything. I usually still plug away at stuff, but it’s like walking in mud. Maybe you know the feeling?!
So far my best coping techniques on “rubble days” include:
- Stop watching news! (which frequently causes me to gnash my teeth and pull out my hair)
- Get outside in nature (very calming)
- Journal and pray (always helpful)
- Call a friend (so fun)
- Make a list of five things I’m grateful for (always good to do)
- Put on “Smooth” by Santana and dance (never fails to get me moving and singing)
Business wise I’m doing better at this half-way point compared to 2019. Despite the pandemic, or maybe because of it, my Etsy store has had some surprising results so far this year. In the spring when my revenue normally slides towards the summer slump, I had three strong months. Only in July did my orders/revenue take a nose dive towards “normal.” Historically July is always my slowest month and it’s proving the same this year.
And this month in particular I’ve had a lot of messages and offers, but nothing that leads to anything. One gal sent me an offer on a pendant asking for a 40% discount. Yikes! I checked her out. She also has an Etsy store and sells semi-precious stone jewelry. I’m guessing she wanted to buy this stone pendant for her store. I don’t know, but since my item is priced fairly and competitively (if anything I could raise my price), I did not entertain her offer.
I’ll admit I am not excited when I think about what the rest of the year might look like and I’m not convinced 2021 will be better. But I was reminded by something I read yesterday that today is all we have. The past is past. The future is not promised. It behooves us to live fully in the moment, to make the most of each day and to appreciate each day as the gift it is. So I am trying to do that instead of thinking and worrying about the future.
Would love to hear how you are doing!