It has been agessssssss since my last post and it’s purely down to being a busy little bee over the past few months so I thought I would take the opportunity to reignite my blog ready for the new year.
So we are in the middle of crimbo limbo, that period in between xmas and new year where the days just merge into one, we are finishing off the mince pies, the unwanted celebrations chocolates and vowing to start a mini detox until new year celebrations begin,in other words still in the festive eating mindset but vowing to hit the gym.
So how was your festive period??
Did you have a nice one?
It seemed to go by in a blur for me, I managed to get all my Christmas present shopping done in November so thankfully I didn’t have to brave the crowds or hover around waiting for Amazon to deliver, yep this year i was seriously organised as I knew the run up to Christmas was going to be a tough one due to cakeageddon.
Cakeageddon is the name I have been giving to my Christmas promotions for the past couple years or so and for me it describes it perfectly.
This years Cakeageddon offering was a combination of cupcakes, a festive drip cake, character cupcakes,and chocolate log cabin cakes,and not forgetting the rum cake.
On reflection for this year I should have reduced Cakeageddon slightly as I usually manage to take some annual leave from the day job but this year I didn’t so I was coming home and dealing with preparing the many orders booked in ready for Christmas.
In between the baking I was having to find time to get into the festive spirit by attending Christmas nights out etc…..it was a test of stamina that’s for sure but everyone got there cakes, cupcakes and even mince pies.
The consequence for me though was a house in chaos, chocolate, icing sugar was everywhere and with the last of deliveries on Christmas Eve the last thing you want to be doing is a kitchen deep clean on Christmas Eve but it had to be done as I was still in semi baking mode for my family, two raspberry and lemon roulades for Christmas Day dessert and family mince pies to make so I didn’t really stop till Christmas Day.
So while I’m in crimbo limbo I always like to reflect back at cakeageddon and think about how I could have done things differently or what I would change.
- Continue to get my personal shopping and tax return completed as early as possible as I’m always left rushing to get it completed, my accountant must be constantly eye rolling me
- Be mindful of my workload/ orders in December
- Get a little admin help, especially for website enquiries in December actually in general
- Stick to my cut off date for orders ( I’ve been especially strict with myself this year)
- Continue to close the business after Christmas just to get my breath back and reflect
- I sometimes think I will have a break the following year from cakeageddon but I never do so keep em peeled for cakeageddon 2017 🙂
So now it’s time to think about 2017 and what I want to achieve in the business. I’ve already got ideas in my head ready for valentines, Mother’s Day etc as well as more long term plans that I’m waiting to put onto paper.
I’ve even ordered myself a new business planner to get things moving, this was recommended to me by a friend, it’s for creatives/craft type business and if your interested you can check it out here https://www.dream-plan-do.com/shop/monthly-planner-bright-red
I’ll write more about my planning process and how I get on with this planner in a future post.
Personally Ive decided it’s going to be the year of me, I’m going to get a holiday booked in and focus on having a little more playtime and relax a little so my life isn’t all work and cake as I am often described as a workaholic.
I’m ever focused on my business but taking heed of my mums recent advice
“life is for living”
so aiming for some balance in 2017
So if you run a business how was the busy festive period for you? And what would you do differently?? I would love to hear about it.
Anyway more post Christmas chilling to continue but see you with another post in 2 weeks.
Aka The Kake lady