Work smarter, not harder.That phrase is easily my father's favorite in his arsenal of "you're doing that wrong" idioms. My brother and I hear it a lot when we do carpentry work with him.And I've been hearing it quite frequently in my own head, which means it's time for a break.For the next few months, I will not be taking on any new clients for weddings or other design projects. I've decided that I need a small hiatus to recharge, revitalize, and reorganize myself. More than anything, I just need rest. For too long now I've been running full-steam ahead with little fuel in the tank and little money in the bank.If I'm being honest with myself, I've felt pretty drained since my grandfather passed away last May. He was a great presence in my life, and his passing took a lot out of me, emotionally and creatively. Combine that with a car accident in August, drama in my personal life, surgery last month, and a 9–5 job that increasingly needs more and more of my time and energy, and I'm on my way to crash and burn.I'm going to spend this summer working on myself, both personally and professionally. I want to be a better business woman, but more than anything, I want to be a happier business woman, and I can't do that if I'm perpetually stressed and exhausted.If you are an existing client, please don't worry. All of my ongoing projects will continue with their previously established timelines! Nothing will be left unfinished, and I will continue to give them 100%.My plan is to return in August in time to start taking stationery orders for the winter holidays. Keep an eye on the Alexa Creative blog and social media for updates. For now, everyone enjoy the warmer months ahead of us!
All my love,