Good evening guys. Hope your weekend is off to a good start. It's a long weekend here in Alberta (Family Day) so I'm off from the Rec center until Tuesday. I will be spending the long weekend working on finishing my dog food orders.
This past week has been a heavy one for me. I ended up being offered a lot more hours at the Rec. center and had to make a decision if I wanted to take on more hours or continue as I was. The issues that we were having have been resolved and I've been really enjoying my job.
The thing is, I've been thinking about a change from my home business for over a year now. There are so many pro's and con's but when I made out a list of the biggest ones, there were 3 major con's that I just could not ignore.
I have been doing my business for just under 7 years. I love helping others with their pets and believe in the food wholeheartedly but it's very taxing on me physically. I have pulled my back out badly several times and am having problems with repetitive injury in my arms from the heavy lifting, mixing and packaging of hundreds of dinners, and thousands of containers.
It's also just a lot of work/stress. Because I work from home I never get away from it either which is stressful in itself. Between picking up supplies, prepping the meat, making the dinners, cleaning up the kitchen, packaging, delivering, emailing, and bookkeeping it's just A LOT of work. The other issue is the cost of making the food. The price of our supplies and running costs have increased so much over the years, that it's ridiculous! We just struggle to keep up.
On Wednesday I made the hardest decision of my career. I notified my work that I was going to accept the new position, and started notifying my customers that we were shutting down the dog food. It's a love/hate thing. I'm ready to move past the work, but love my customers and their dog families. We have become friends with so many and I felt like I was divorcing them. Many tears were shed. I feel excited and scared for the next new chapter in my life.
I'm looking forward to having normal hours, and that when I'm done work, I'm done. I do not need to bring work home with me.
I will be less stressed, and have more time for myself, my own dogs, and with my hubby, family, and friends. My house can become my home again. My place of peace and serenity. This house has never truly felt that way for me. I will still be cooking for my own girls of course, and I can only hope that my customers will take my advice and cook for theirs too. I know it's the right decision for me and my husband but it's hard non the less.
So this week I've been super occupied and consumed with this, working both jobs until the end of the month, and trying to keep it together in the meantime. My eating has been crap. I have good breakfasts and some lunches, then we have been eating out, or eating processed easy meals. I've had no time for proper planning or prepping and I've been stress eating/snacking. Must stop. I feel out of control. I know better times are ahead.
I have a crazy two weeks to get through, and then I'm on a new, calmer path. Bare with me, I will be back to regular posts, workouts and clean eating once again. Thanks for sticking around <3