A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about a day in the life of a soap maker. Since then a little has changed, but not too much. I retired from my day job, and picked up some extra hours at Farmingdale College. I work at that job two days a week. Today is not one of those days.
A day in my life
I still wake early, at 5:30, and my husband and I head out to take a walk. We try to walk between two and four miles each day, so I guess our average is three miles a day. Once we get home we have coffee and tea, (coffee for him, tea for me), and I get ready for my day. Now that I’m retired, I can go to visit my mom during the day. With all the COVID nonsense, it’s difficult for my mom to get out and do her usual activities.
Once I’m back home, I get myself set up for my Facebook Live at 4pm. Today is an easy set up, we’re cutting a loaf of Soap for Soup I made yesterday. Some days, I make soap on camera. I like to have all my ingredients measured out and ready to go.
Now there’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook postings to get to. Social media takes up a lot of time, I try to plan everything out for the week. I set my kitchen timer so I don’t get sucked into checking out what everyone else is doing. That timer is my best friend and keeps me accountable.
There are always soaps to wrap, checkbook to balance, sugar scrubs to make, counters to wipe, costs to go over, stockists to email, deliveries to do, inventory to check, orders to fill and so on. There’s also laundry to do, dinner to cook, dishes to wash, sheets to change, bathrooms to clean, and groceries to shop for. My life is like anyone else’s, its a delicate balance of needs and wants. Sometimes it’s crazy, and some days, like today, I have a few minutes to write a blog.
Most people think I spend all day making soap. Those are the fun days! I wish it were like that. What did you think a day in the life of a soap maker looked like?
Yours in Gratitude,