Burnt out: recouping and recharging as a creative small business owner

Extra crispy and completely burnt out. That’s what I was. With waaaay too much going on at college, finalising my long awaited overseas holiday, tying up loose ends at home and the shop, I was a big stressed out cheese ball.

Although I had tied up all the loose ends before going away, naturally I had a mountain of holiday homework to complete, so I spent the first week of my holidays doing some work during the mornings and spending the rest of the (hot and humid days) enjoying the culinary delights of Taipei, architectural sights and luscious natural landscapes!

The remaining 1.5weeks was spent actually relaxing and recharging. Work was completely off limits! I needed to remember that giving myself permission to have time off to rest is important and not feeling guilty about having some fun is the most essential thing I can do (regularly) for my studies and my shop.

Taking time off to recharge, gave me time to reflect, refocus and decide what my goals I wanted to achieve for the remainder of the year and beyond. It also gave me a chance to share more about it in my latest blog post titled “Self care for small business owners” on the Creative Womens’ Blog that I write for.

So I’ve been back home for almost 2 weeks now and I’m ready to kickstart some new projects off the ground can’t wait to share more details with you soon!

In the meantime, here’s some shots of my time in Taipei, some of which may even serve as inspiration for my next collection of jewellery!

Toyoito library
Mr. Toyoito’s geometric and organic library at NTU


Taipei 101
Looking up at Taipei 101… all 101 hideous looking levels of it!


Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Geometric details


Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Overlooking the gardens and memorial halls


Sunny hills: arguably the best pineapple cakes in Taiwan
Nom nom pineapple cake


Misty hills high above in Jiufen


Misty hills high above in Jiufen


Calm waters and a sense of still at Tamshui the day after #typhoondujuan


Yao Yue tea house - Maokong
Sipping tea among the idyllic tea fields in Maokong

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