Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Some Life Advice

Dear Friends,

You may or may not have noticed my (unintentional) hiatus. (I'm not offended either way.)

Here's some life advice for you: If you are a skilled baker (and I've been informed I am), and you're going to open up a bakery out of your home, you may or may not want to do this right before Christmas.  You will be VERY busy.

I'm not complaining, not really.  It's just tough to balance all of, well, everything.  I was a little behind on my Christmas gift making/shopping this year, so I had a lot of that to do still this month.  I have 5 family gatherings in the next week and a half, and everyone expects me to bring desserts.  I wouldn't dream of not bringing desserts, because it's my joy and passion.  But of course, they still need to be made.  Then I've had way more orders than I ever hoped to get, which is fantastic, but they also still need to be made.

So, I've become Super-Organized Woman (which doesn't involve a cape, unfortunately), and have schedules for every day with every thing that needs to get done.

And while they're strict, they're also helping me get a lot done. For example, yesterday I got a chance to mop my kitchen floor!  Like, on-hands-and-knees-scrub the kitchen floor.  It's been mopped, but not with tons of attention to getting every last little speck of chocolate off the floor (and there were a lot of those).  Okay, so it may not sound so exciting to get to mop my kitchen floor, but to feel like I had time to do that (instead of 1,000 things that might be more pressing) was wonderful.

My list is slowly getting shorter, my house is (very) slowly getting cleaner, and I am slowly getting calmer.

And the best part about my scheduling lists is that I've planned in time to rest, relax, and do nothing.  This Wednesday was one of those days, so after work I came home, laid on the couch, read three books, and then went to bed.  It was delightful.

Speaking of books, I'm almost to 200 books for the year!  I'm so excited to be able to say that I've read 200 books in a year!

If you're wondering about my 101 Things in 2014 project, I am, too. :)  I haven't forgotten about it, but right now I have other things on my plate.  (Like cookies and pie.)  I'm not planning on doing another 101 Things project for 2015, but I do have another (hopefully fabulous) idea.  I also hope to finish many of the items on my 2014 list during the beginning of 2015, but as I discovered in 2013, the things I think I want to do in January often change by December, so I won't be doing everything on the 2014 list.

So, I may or may not post anymore in December.  I really have no idea.  However, in the New Year, you can look forward to:

  • Bakery Updates with pictures of food and boxes (exciting!)
  • 101 Things in 2014 round-up
  • Christmas things (some) (hopefully)
  • Details on my 2015 project(s)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Love and Cupcakes,
Leah Joy

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