shifting focus and being honest

Hi all!  It has been too long since my last post.  There are a slew of reasons why I've been absent, but the bottom line is I'm tired of trying to do it all.  The reality is I'm not doing a very good job at any of it.  I know we're all told to "balance home and work and family" but in a recent interview, I told a budding design student that line is a lie.  I don't really think you can balance it all.  I think it's a juggle.

Some days, like when my son has pneumonia for weeks and only wants his mother, my baby is the most important person.  Other days, when I'm on a deadline for clients, they are my number one priority.  At any moment different priorities rise to the top.  Lately it has been obvious that I need to make some major adjustments to the way I'm working for more peace at home and peace in my heart. I don't want to feel like I'm running a triage unit--where the most important item get handled in the moment. 
 I'd much rather work and live with intention. 

So what's changing?

*I am no longer accepting e-design clients.  I've had some great e-design clients in the past, and I'm so thankful for the work and the trust they have given me, but for now I'm shifting my focus to local clients.  

*I can only work with clients who need whole room or whole house designs.  As much as I would love to help you pick a paint color or find the perfect rug for your room, this actually ends up costing me money and time.  So I'm shifting my focus to whole space clients.  Trust me, this is better for you as well.  If you're local to West Michigan and think you'd like to work together, click here for information.

*I'm committing to blogging more.  (Yeah!)  I know that sounds counter intuitive to slowing down, but if I'm taking on less clients then this is a great season to shift my focus to growing my blog.

If I'm being honest, I'm scared you'll think I'm weak or unprofessional or just not strong enough to pull off my own business.  But I know my time with my kiddos is fleeting and I want 
their memory of me to be of my best possible self.  

I'm really excited to be blogging regularly again and I hope you hang with me through the transition.

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Abby Manchesky Interiors is a boutique design firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. Combining the new traditional, vintage and a dash of the unexpected is her ideal. Contact Abby Manchesky Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com | 616.719.9400


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