When good stress goes bad...

We hear so much about the bad stress in our life, but can good things stress us out too? Well it can!

OK. Lets start with some stress terms:

Acute Stress: Demands and pressures of the resent past and of the near future.

Episodic Acute Stress: Type "A" people, living their lives with an excessive competition drive, harrying sense of urgency, and impatience. Also can cover "worry warts" who pessimistically see awful outcomes for every situation.

Chronic Stress: Grinding stress that comes from things like poverty, war, hunger, and traumatic experiences.

Episodic and Chronic stress tend to be distress, negative stress. Lifestyle and personality are so ingrained that we see nothing wrong with the way we conduct our lives. People get used to it, almost forget it's there, build up a tolerance, loose hope in finding a way to change things, and can even feel comfortable in a level of stress that would send others over the edge.

But acute stress can be both negative (distress) and positive (eustress).

Eustress can help us focus, help us improve performace and can even feel exciting.

Distress causes anxiety or concern, decreases performance, and feels unpleasant.

But the line between the two can change in in instant. Excited about the new custom order quickly can turn into sleepless nights worrying about making a tight deadline.

Does this tell me anything? Does it help make my stress disappear? A little, at least when it comes to acute stress.

Perception. Hold on to that eustress feeling. Try to remember why you got excited about something in the first place. Remind yourself that this is an acute stress, it shall pass. Just knowing the switch from eustress to distress may be on the way can make that switch to distress seem less painful and hard to deal with. Count your blessings, if you are not living in chronic stress, find gratefulness in every day.

Stress is not something to be proud of, to ear on our chest like a badge. He who dies with the most stress doesn't win, they just die. Go have some fun :)



I have always been one to let the business lead me where it goes. I don't really push it much more than a little each year. I feel like that way it will grow in a way that I can handle and that I can still have control over and enjoy the process of growth.

The last few years have been taking me in some new directions. I've been trying new shows, this year was the PA Farm Show and I have a list of others that I want to try and apply to a few per year. I've applied to two more larger new shows this year and I am still waiting to see if I get accepted or not.

I have also tried growing my wholesale. Last year I registered with Etsy Wholesale and started selling the things I felt were ready: lip balms, lotion bars, bath fizzys. I've gotten a few orders and a few reorders already so that is a good thing. This year I am working on new photos and plan on expanding and offering soaps and accessories (like dishes and washcloths) too.

One of the things that I want to work on this year are my Wool Washes. We've redesigned the labels, making them easier to read and understand, we've changed the bottle sizes to make the product more affordable and won't last as long so customers will reorder more often. I am expanding the number and types of scents offered as well. This is one thing that once I get it going I plan on taking on the road, handing out samples, and order forms at different stores in the area. I am trying my first fiber festival this year and want to try and get into a few more and see how that goes too.

I always have a list of new products that I want to try and offer. Sometimes these things fall into place relatively quickly, other times they take years and years for me to come up with exactly how I want to do do them. Air fresheners took years for me to find a person who could make the paper blanks in a way that I liked. Lip balms were made in a few different containers before I found the tube I use now, and the containers for the Bath Soaks were found just as I was making a decision to keep them as a product or not. Just changing packaging upped those sales enough to keep making them.

There are many days that I get anxious and I want to push push push and get things going bigger and better. Then I remember that I am in a great spot and I need to have faith and let it lead me where it wants to go. Just when I get crazy worried about finances or the future something pops up and I am reminded that I am right were I am supposed to be and that it will always work out in the end. If it hasn't worked out, its not the end.