Well, I don’t know if the gluten-free diet is helping my migraines or not. It might be too soon to tell. Or I might be under too much stress for anything to help. I didn’t write about it before because we hadn’t publicly announced it yet, but it’s official now. My department at work no longer exists. Another department took over our work. Officially, we combined services, but they have all the work and our department no longer exists, so if someone understands how that is combining, please explain it to me, because I’m afraid I can’t wrap my head around it.
Fortunately we all still have jobs (very fortunate since we’re in Michigan, the state with the highest unemployment rate in the nation), but I’m going to be losing my office and my phone, and I have no idea what my new job title is going to be. I have only a vague idea of what I’ll be doing. I’m trying really hard not to feel like I’m being demoted. At least I’m keeping the same salary.
I think I’ll enjoy my new position, and I’m trying to look at the positive side (I’m so glad I still have a job), but yeah, it’s been just a little bit stressful. So I’ve been having a lot of migraines. It’s that thing my head does when there’s stress.
Having so many migraines in the last few months got me thinking though. I needed to reduce stress somewhere. I realized that trying to do everything by myself in my business on top of working full time was just too much. I didn’t have enough energy to do it all, so my business couldn’t grow the way I wanted it too, and that was frustrating. I realized I needed to either end the business or change the way I was doing it.
Well, I didn’t want to end it. Just thinking about ending it made me cry. And I finally realized that if I didn’t have enough energy to do everything by myself, that meant I needed a partner. And I knew just who it should be.
My friend Susan Forbes is an amazingly talented dyer. She’s also a good photographer and sells her work at shows. Now, you’ve probably all noticed I’m not so much what one would call a photographer. I make stuff and three months later I still haven’t taken photos to put the stuff up for sale. That is not good. I just procrastinate taking photos because I really don’t enjoy the process. And selling at shows? Aside from the issue of transportation to and from the show, oh, people, what can I say? I’m afraid I was simply born without a schmoozing gene.
But I love setting up new websites, and I don’t mind keeping records and doing taxes, all of which make Susan want to hide behind her couch (well, I’m just guessing. That’s where my rabbits hide when they’re scared. Susan isn’t actually a rabbit), so our skills complement each others nicely. Cool, eh?
So we’re setting up a new business, Fairy Yarnmother, which will open some time in July. The website’s got a long way to go, but dude, Zen Cart is so much easier to work with than osCommerce was. So. Much. Easier.
This is the Fairy Yarnmother, our logo that Susan drew. Isn’t she cool?