It's been exactly 3 months since my last blog post, which might be the longest I've ever gone without writing something on this site. It's also probably the longest that I've gone without running any tools in the shop.
During that time, I (for the most part) stayed off of Instagram. I stayed off of Facebook. I eventually shut down all my stuff on Etsy. I shut down this site. I haven't even thought about posting anything to YouTube.
I actually started getting texts and phone calls from people seriously wondering if I was OK, or alive, or what was wrong.
Truth is, 2 things happened, and the combination led to my reclusiveness.
1, I was burnt out. No gas - literally zero, nothing, zilch - in the tank.
Etsy. Facebook. YouTube. Instagram. Texts. Emails. Phone calls. This website. Designs. Invoices. Pinterest. Picking up material. Cleaning the shop. Delivering products. Shipping products. Quotes. PayPal. Repairing tools. Haggling over prices. Picking up material. Ordering material. Site visits. Selling material. Dragging tools out of the shop for site builds.
24/7. Every day. Every week. Every month. For years. And I didn't even mention doing the actual building of everything.
No vacations. I think in 4 years' time I left the state (not counting a couple quick trips to IL for lumber or to watch horses run) once, a weekend trip to Chicago. Outside of that, the farthest I'd been from home was trips to Wentzville, and St. Paul, and Columbia...all work-related outings that involved the dragging around of tools and/or material.
I'll never try to convince anybody that my 24/7 approach to all of it was healthy or smart or crazy profitable, but it's - working hard when there's work to be done - just how I'm wired. It has its pluses and, obviously, minuses.
2, an opportunity to get involved with a couple multimillion dollar rehab projects presented itself.
So, 1 + 2 = I got involved with a couple multimillion dollar rehab projects. In hindsight, it wasn't the wrong decision, although it sure as sh*t wasn't exactly the right one either (the worst part is I realized it - 100% - on day #2). It's not worth getting into at this point, but maybe someday down the road I will.
Regardless, the rehab projects have been completed and it's time to get the shop up and running again. It's been kind of slow going so far - there are exactly zero projects on the books, and I'm currently having the builder's equivalent of writer's block - but hopefully that'll change before too long.
Until it does, I'll stay busy growing the beard and hanging out with Roscoe.