I have really been struggling lately. Feeling pulled in too many directions, while at the same time dealing with health issues. I know that the stress is taking a toll on my health and I am not sure exactly which road I should take. I am a single older woman with a very limited income. Whatever I do I need to find a way to increase my income so that I can support myself.
Right now I have three things going on. My blog, my Etsy shop, and my antique booth. On top of that I am responsible for my ninety year old mother and I live with my sister who has her own medical issues, which often require me to drive her places.
If you have been reading my blog for awhile you know that I am pretty much a full disclosure person. I believe that by sharing my difficulties, I may turn on a light for someone else who may be dealing with some of the same issues.
So today, instead of just writing thoughts down in my journal, I am going to share them with you.
My blog: It is something I feel called to write. I want to use my counseling training and my love for the issues that women face to help other women. In order to do that I need to be able to give it more time. I need to spend more time promoting it on social media so that I can attract more readers. I need the ad income that it is generating (even though I know some of you hate the ads).
My Etsy shop. Although with all of the changes Etsy has made my income has dropped dramatically, it does still provide me with a small steady income. I need to find a way to get more buyers back into my shop.
My antique booth: I opened it last February and for the first few months it was generating a nice income. The last three months have been abysmal. I am not sure if I should wait it out and see if things pick up over the holidays or if I should just get out.
Okay, I am waiting for my own light to come on, and so far it hasn't. I wish I could go back to working a full time job, but there are many days when I am just in too much pain. Those are the days when I can stay home, write my blog, list things on Etsy, and know that my antique booth is full.
I know that I am not the only woman who is struggling with these issues. Maybe this is a post that I should have left for Women Speak, but for some reason I felt called to write it today. There are so many of us who have been left alone for one reason or another to fend for ourselves and others, and we may just not have the resources to do it all.
So I am left wondering. Are any of you dealing with the same issues? How are you coping? What criteria do you use to help you choose which path to follow?
As women, we are all in this together. We are workers, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, partners, wives, and so much more. It is a sisterhood of love. It is what draws us together. I am grateful to be able to draw on the wisdom of women everywhere to help me make my decisions.