I was sitting cross legged on the floor attempting to practice yoga. My mind, however is as full as my in box, so yoga will wait for another day.
Before I start what may be a lengthy post, I will tell you with great joy, that I am keeping tooth #14. I will not go in to the gory details of my dental visit yesterday, but I am sporting a cute temporary crown and the rest is healing. Thank you for your prayers and good wishes.
Since business on etsy has been difficult for even those who sell regularly, my inbox has been filled with pleas for advice, assistance and lots of swear words. The fora is filled with panic and queries and finger pointing. I don't dismiss the fear, it is real, but it is both time and soul sucking.
Do I know what the problem is? No. Do I think the snafu will be rectified? YES. I may seem lighthearted, but I take my business very seriously. I monitor my etsy shop and my website like a hawk. My small website is humming along right now. For this I have eternal gratitude. If a customer remembers my name and googles it, there I am. If they are looking for a map necklace, or cuff links, there I am.
I know that Google did not change the big algorithm in the sky. They are not mad at etsy. Etsy is not mad at you. Seriously, etsy the company, and the people I have come to know who work there, want you to succeed as much as you do. Truly. For that, I am also grateful.
So, how do you have gratitude when it is difficult? It requires a paradigm shift in perception. For me, it requires thought as well as deed. The thought part is pretty easy. I remember the things I know. My work is as good today as it was yesterday. The slump is temporary. And, even though the Universe knows how grateful I am to live the life I do, I tell her again just in case my signal has faded.
The deed part is a little harder. It's what gets your engine reved up, though. I'm working on a new line sheet, a new spiffy tri- fold brochure and I'm thinking about new floral shades for the 6 glorious windows in my studio.
Go ahead, whine. Then have gratitude, love, work and play really hard.
When my husband saw that my tooth was saved, he went out to the garage, took down my favorite bike and pumped up my tires. There was no better gift. So, today, you'll know where I'll be.