Well folks, it's been a nice long break from soaping, but I'm officially back! Actually, I've been back for a few weeks, but as in all things, it takes me a while to get back into my groove.
Some things are a bit different this time around, at least for me anyway. The first change, is a slight, but important, switch in priorities. In the fall I was extremely focused on my soap making. Which I think was important in one sense because I was learning, growing, and trying to figure things out and learn as much as I could. I'm still learning, I think I'll always be learning, but now I'm also knocking soap making down a notch in the scheme of things and trying to find a better balance to my life.
Last week I had a bit of an emotional freak out. Why? Because I felt like I was failing my kids with their homeschooling. I felt like I was falling farther and farther "behind" (whatever that means) and doing them a disservice.
Since that horrible day, I've calmed down, quite a bit. And I've realized that my kids are turning out wonderfully, that I'm not totally failing them, but that I also need to set them higher on my priority list and set soap making lower.
So this past week, I've been a homeschooling genius. I've done school, I've even done science experiments! And when it's time to sit down with my kids and focus, I've done just that. It feels great! They love it, but they've always loved it. But now, I'm starting to enjoy it too.
And surprise of all surprises, setting things into balance has caused this side effect that I hadn't anticipated... I'm actually getting soaping done too! For the first time since November, I'm actually making new products. And while I'm making new stuff, I don't feel guilty at all. Before, I'd start soaping and I'd instantly get this flash in my brain that told me I was neglecting my duties to my kids and my family. But now, I can head into my soap studio guilt free!
It's a beautiful thing.
So all this to say, you can expect pictures of new stuff very soon! Guilt free new stuff! Hurray!