I’ve been working for myself for almost two decades. I’ve learned so much in that time, but one lesson I’m still learning is how to create space in my life. When you are the only employee of your business, all the tasks fall to you. That’s neither good nor bad. That’s just how it is.

Over the years, it’s taken me a lot of practice and failures to learn that I should not sacrifice my personal time and space to “get a little more done.” My healthy life includes restoring stringed instruments, cleaning my shop, caring for my tools, bookwork, answering emails, keeping inventory; it also includes taking days off to hike the lakeshore, harvesting the garden when the crop is in, doing schoolwork, helping out a friend who’s in need, visiting family, and sitting quietly with nothing else going on.

This week has been a busy one for me. I’ve completed two major projects, sent them home with their owners, worked on psychology and sociology schoolwork, and hiked the South Shore in beautiful 70ºF weather with a pal.

One of the most vital lessons I rely on is the one that says:

Never rush the work.

This goes hand in hand with the one that says:

Taking time to relax creates a system of success and skill in work and in life.

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