Getting the Work/Life Balance in Order

I started my little upcycling business, The Woolly Pedlar three years ago, and since then I’ve been on a mission to prove that I can run a succesfull business, and bring in a wage to help the family finances. This has seen me often working all week from dawn til dusk and at weekends too.

moonSince the solar eclipse that darkened our garden on Friday, I’ve been very aware of Spring being in the air, and have felt a shift in priorities over the weekend. So, instead of working on a new sweatercoat, or a poncho order I have, I’ve spent the weekend outdoors, and boy has it done me good!

They say that the solar eclipse brings new beginnings and I very much hope this is the case. I do tend to be very driven in whatever I do, and as a result can ‘burn out’ – this is definitely what happened to my teaching career!

So, with Spring in the air and glorious weather this weekend, I’ve spent Saturday sowing seeds in the greenhouse, and Sunday walking in the Lake District which was absolutely stunning.


We drove to Glenridding, parked the car, and caught the Ullswater Steamer to Howtown. We then walked the 5.5 miles back to Patterdale and then Glenridding, where we were rewarded with tea and cake courtesy of Micky and Jane at Fellbites Cafe in Glenridding. Here is my youngest son, John, sitting on the steamer






Glenridding.1The views of the mountains and lake were absolutely stunning! I’m feeling it now, mind you, after a winter of hibernating, and need to get my fitness levels up!

I’ll be back upstairs in the woolly garret tomorrow raring to go, but feel that I will be taking more days off over the weekends, and getting my work /life balance much more in order.



3 replies
  1. Jill
    Jill says:

    Beautiful photos and good for you taking some time and finding that balance. I too am determined to build a successful business with my creativeness to do my bit to support the family. I love seeing all your woolly creations and it inspires me to keep going with my sewing too!

    • admin
      admin says:

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment Jill. I find it hard to stop myself running away with ideas and working too hard, and not leaving time for things such as gardening, walking and reading which I enjoy. So glad you like my woollies!

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