I'm a worry wart. If there's a chance something could go wrong, no matter how minor, I think about it. It's especially annoying when I have an actual issue to be concerned with, because then I really can't get it out of my head. My problem this time is business-related, and I don't want to be a Debbie Downer for those of you who are looking to be self employed soon, but I feel like you need to know about this side of it, too. Shizz happens, as they say.
It started a couple of months ago when a blog I'd been advertising with since the beginning went on semi-hiatus and removed all of our ads. Unfortunately for me, this blog was a huge source of orders for both shops, and I still haven't figured out how to fill the hole it left. I didn't have all of my eggs in that particular basket, so I'm still doing okay, but there's been a definite drop since it happened. I know that business is always changing and we need to be prepared, but I still felt really blindsided by this (literally: we were given less than a week's notice).
I've been looking for different blogs and registering for more shows, which are the right things to do in this situation, but I'm still all paranoid. It's so hard not to worry about it, especially since I'm home alone most days and my mind is free to wander. "Oh, are you feeling more stable? Go cry at your desk!" "That's a pretty new bracelet. Too bad nobody will ever see it!" It would almost be better if the drop was from something I did wrong, because the random lack of control made it worse.
Anyway, that's my deal. I still haven't gotten things back to normal and I'm stressed about it. They'll get there eventually but it can't come fast enough.
I know I'm not the only one with concerns, so let's have ourselves a little worry party in the comments. Is there anything you want to unload? Worried about your shop/blog/business? Anybody have some motivational tips to share with the class? Have you been in a similar situation? How'd you fix it?