and then rest.

by Liz on 01.19


Last week. Was. Killer.

In both senses of the word.


All of our recent hard work and planning came to a head in three different arenas. You’ll remember that we launched our biggest project yet- really, just a matter of putting a name and face to what we already do. But we also finalized the designs for my first line of Valentines (so difficult!! Do you know how HARD it is to design a Valentine without relying on saccharine, cheese or bad puns?!), and finally started screenprinting.

I guess that may not sound like a lot. But it certainly felt like it.


Each of these little projects has been in the works for awhile, but last week was GO TIME. And that translated to long workdays. Without realizing it, Josh and I would spend 10-12 hours hunched over our separate little desks. Suddenly, it would be 7pm and we’re both starving and the baby is rubbing sleepy eyes and I feel like I haven’t seen him all day. So, we take a break and eat a hurried dinner and cuddle a slightly neglected little boy and promise each other we’re done working for the day, before one of us starts sneaking in some work “really quick- this won’t take long.”

I don’t imagine that this is what “working from home” really looks like. Well, for one, I expect PAYCHECKS. Lots and lots of glorious paychecks. But I also expect that now that we’ve done the work to lay a few foundations, this week will have a lot more in store for us. Things like meals and breaks for starters. But also those walks to get coffee and picture books in the park that I bragged about when I first quit teaching.

I’m really, really looking forward to this week. There’s something so fulfilling about busting your butt to lay some plans, and then resting afterward, isn’t there? It’s one of those perfect balances in life- the one making the other more valuable. I don’t think I would like a life of just sitting still, but I also would crack if there was never a time to sit back and enjoy the work I’ve done.


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one soul says:
Jan 19, 2012 7:21 am

Rest up, sugar! Good busy is a-coming for you guys, I am certain of it.


thebabywife says:
Jan 19, 2012 8:23 am

You deserve some time to breathe before your new ventures take off!

And I might be requiring some web design services for my new venture too…..I’ll know where to look!


Erin says:
Jan 19, 2012 8:53 am

I totally agree about finding the perfect balance. If I wasn’t working for someone else, I’d still be doing work, but I’d also need the hours of sitting back and appreciating what’s been accomplished. Hope this week is refreshing for both of you!


Kerry says:
Jan 19, 2012 9:22 am

God, girl.

How you manage to blog almost EVERY DAY amidst all the job crazy + baby + Twitter chatter makes me feel like a giant lump of lazy goo.

It also makes me admire the hell out of you and your family.


meghan says:
Jan 19, 2012 11:05 am



craftosaurus says:
Jan 19, 2012 9:29 am

If I had any wisdom to share on how to achieve the right balance with respect to work, I certainly would… so instead I’ll just say wow, that picture of you guys is completely adorable!


Lauren says:
Jan 19, 2012 11:21 am

balance is hard to come by, but for Aidan & I that’s exactly what working from home looks like +/- a few hours but usually +.

It’s worth it though. Sooooo worth it.


Trisha says:
Jan 19, 2012 2:15 pm

Oh Liz, I kind of want to buy ALL of the Valentine’s Day cards. They’re so lovely!


Liz says:
Jan 19, 2012 2:23 pm

Whew! I’m tired FOR you.

And, that lollipop valentine is too cute!


Rachel Wysong says:
Jan 19, 2012 3:31 pm

I am a lurker, de-lurking! I was just thinking about this today. My job is one where my work comes from client launches so it can swing from days where I am extremely busy with no break to days where it is a bit slower. When it is slow for more than a couple days I start to go crazy. but I just finished a huge launch Tuesday night and when Wednesday was a slower day it felt amazing.


Rachel T. says:
Jan 19, 2012 5:50 pm

Sounds wonderful… I’m coming from a different place right now though… I am a teacher in my third year, but honestly, I’m wondering if this is the right position for me. How did you decide to walk away and if you don’t mind my asking, why? I’m really struggling with my decision, and obviously I’m going to finish out the school year, but I just don’t know… I’m starting to think about a life change and wonder if you wouldn’t mind sharing with me how you did that. I could use some advice :/


meghan says:
Jan 20, 2012 12:18 am

enjoy your down week!


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