I have decided to close my business. Things are just too busy, I have 4 kids and hate all the time that I am missing with them. I am tired of telling them "Not now, I'm working on a cake." I am tired of missing some of their activities because I have to work and I am stressed about the family responsibilities that I have started to let slide. It had come to the point where I just dreaded having a busy week with the business because I am always worried about which child's needs will be pushed to the back burner as a result.
I have worked hard to build up my business, but my kids will only be young once. I consider myself blessed that I have the option to not work. When my kids are all grown, I will never look back and say that I wish I'd spent more time working, but I could easily wind up looking back and wishing I'd taken all the moments I could to enjoy their childhood.
My 3 oldest are thrilled that I am not going to be working, my little guy was actually always great about hanging out in the kitchen and playing play dough (in another area) while I work and keeping me company, he actually liked that time we spent, but I know we will spend it other ways. Now if/when I make a cake it will be for my own kids and they can help rather than being told to stay away for food safety reasons.
I did my final wedding cake this past weekend, I have one more private lesson in a few weeks.
Now...what to do with all those cake boxes and cardboard circles :).