Relationships

How important are they? Family, work, friends ….

As I transition from retail to online, I find myself thinking of relationships developed over the years.

Family, of course. Being back in the home after twelve years, i’m remembering I just can’t drop what I’m doing with family and work. Nor can i drop what I’m working on to be with family. Discipline and setting hours are key. There will be exceptions, of course.

Work friends — and when your work is also you’re hobby — those friends are doubly important. How to maintain and build  those relationships when it’s no longer easy to be available regularly.  Clubs I used to frequent monthly are no longer. Hanging out at school events, not an option. Hmmmm.

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This picture of Tom was taken in the car on the way to our store closing sale. He absolutely *loves* giving a deal and just look at that twinkle in his eye. What a great day we had visiting with everyone. Makes me wonder how I’m going to do without the store to go to, but then I remember the retail hours, deciding what to do when the weather is bad, and all the stress…. And I look forward to finding the next way to build those relationships I desperately need.

What about you? How do you strike a balance in relationships? How do you maintain contact and build friendships? What works? What doesn’t?

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