Wednesday, 24 September 2014

It's been a long time...

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It's been so long since I have blogged and perhaps it makes you wonder what it is that has prompted me to write this post but I felt that it would be good to get it down on paper, so to speak, but also so anyone reading this would understand a little more about me, Mrs Candytuft.

Candytuft Cakes has gone from strength to strength, for that I am happy, but it has come at a price, today we are out of bread and almost out of milk, on our last toilet roll, my floors are in serious need of vacuuming, there is a mountain of laundry, and if I am completely honest this is a regular occurence. Now what am I doing sitting here writing this blog post when I could be doing some housework? Well, I am hoping it will get a lot out of my system that I have been holding onto for so long.

I love my business, or should I say, I love making cakes, the business side of it is just a necessary evil. I am quite often heard saying '...but I just want to make cakes!'. I should clarify, quite often, making the cakes is about all I have time for... cue, Mr Candytuft Cakes. I don't like to give him too much praise, he still needs kept on his toes, but he does so much for Candytuft Cakes and gives so much of his time, replying to emails, doing accounts, ordering stock, collecting stock, making boxes, packing cars, taking photos, updating the website, listening to me sounding out designs and talking cake at wedding fairs, amongst many other things. Even still, there are not enough hours in the day. Most of our time spent together involves the kids, business in some form or another, or sleeping. It would be lovely just to have some time alone without actually having to do anything, just to sit and be!

We are still setting the foundations, with my littlest one still at home and my other two getting involved in more and more activites, dividing our time is getting increasingly more difficult. I feel blessed that I get to spend time with them, watching them grow and missing very little but time management is proving a nightmare.  As Candytuft Cakes grows, the time I can devote to admin seems to be getting less and less... the more interest I receive,  the more orders I accept; the more time I need to complete orders, the less time I have to respond to the increased enquiries. I feel a little trapped and I know it's not forever but sometimes it's hard to accept...


I can't quite believe it's been almost a year since I last blogged, I have been meaning to but just haven't had the time. When I logged on this morning, what you have just read was waiting for me, I have not edited it in any way. It made an interesting read and made me consider, has anything changed?

Well let me reassure you, we have bread, milk and toilet roll, today at least, however, the floor is strewn with bits of toddler food and toys and the pile of laundry waxes and wanes but never disappears! So all in all, not much has changed but perhaps I am a little more positive. Things are quieting down just a little, enough to catch a breath and hopefully Mr Candytuft and I will be getting to grips with a better business routine.

A little earlier today Mr Candytuft posted a photo on Fb and Instagram of our middle child, Lucie. Lucie is so enthusiastic about everything and happy, how lovely would it be to have her view of the world. His post basically said to take a moment today to forget about everything and consider the simplicities of life, the things that only require a thought to provoke a smile. I know that's not something I do often enough.

Kathryn xxx

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