July was the month of getting organised on all fronts really! I have planned my autumn/winter knitting classes so that I now know when I will be going on maternity leave and can plan accordingly. It's actually quite terrifying how quickly this baby will be arriving. The first half of the pregnancy dragged by slowly thanks to months of sickness, dehydration and hospital stays as a result my Hyperemesis. Since I have started to recover from that time has just flown by as I have been manically trying to catch up on all the things that I couldn't do during that time as well as working, housework & running around after Henry.
One thing that really has been starting to stress me out in a big way is that my tax return for my first full year of working for myself is due at the same time as Baby no2! I have never been confident with accounting, and really don't have a head for figures so was dreading having to sit down & organise my books so that I was ready, especially after months of not being able on top of everything due to ill health! Being disorganised and under prepared was making me lose sleep, but the more stressed I got about it the less I felt able to tackle it. It really was a catch 22 of stress & avoidance. Not really the best way to approach running a business.....at times I really am my own worst enemy! I also had no idea what maternity rights I had as a sole-trader which again isn't ideal when you're 6 months pregnant. So In June I gave myself a really big talking to after a long and inspiring chat with my friend Maria who runs Cordial & Grace.