It just started to get really cold in Daylesford, even though it’s still only Autumn. I mean, seriously cold. Like “the-weather-app-tells-you-it-feels-like-zero-degrees-in-the-morning” cold. So I’m just mooching around today, tying up some loose ends. Paperwork, some washing, that kind of stuff. Partly because it’s cold, but mostly because it’s been a belter of a month and that’s about all my poor little brain can handle today. Actually, it’s been a belter of a few months if I’m honest…
I’m a bit of a jack of all trades at the moment. Not only do sell vintage mid-century furniture – which is my real passion – but I also work in David Bromley’s beautiful Daylesford Bromley & Co galleries a few days a week (come visit sometime, they are truly lovely spaces filled with amazing art). Then I’m also a freelance Creative Director and Graphic Designer, which is my professional background… and helps a bit when there’s one too many bills on the fridge.
But, lately it’s all been getting a bit chaotic. And it’s great to be busy, don’t get me wrong, but I have started thinking about that elusive thing called “balance”. I mean, after all, isn’t that why I gave up my job as in advertising and moved to the (very cold) country? To get a bit more balance?
And it’s always your own stuff that takes a back seat when you are running around trying to look after everyone else’s interests. I’ve been pretty bloody slack with housework and exercise (seriously, I’m a slob… I gross myself out daily), and Von Braun has been suffering too. Not enough product updates on the website, no blog entries, and not enough social media posts to show you guys to new stock I’ve sourced. And I have restoring jobs piling up like crazy… so, sorry for all that!
I’ve been thinking that maybe I don’t say “no” enough. It’s funny – although it’s something I really had to work on – I got quite good at saying “no” in my design career. “No, not that typeface”. “No, that’s not the right solution for the demographic”. “No, I can’t work on that right now because I’m focusing on this.” I realized, that be saying “no” you’re actually saying “yes” to something else, so you commit and do that other thing really, really well. And that’s what I feel like needs to happen with Von Braun now. It just needs a bit more time and energy.
I don’t want to get rid of my other jobs altogether. They help keep my design eye sharp and I get to work with some seriously lovely and inspiring people. But I know it’s OK to say “no” occasionally. To prioritise my own stuff. Because in the long run, that means I’m saying “yes” to Von Braun Vintage & Home. And to me in general… And to getting some of that elusive balance back.
Ash von Braun
Happy tree-changer and vintage furniture dealer living in Dayesford, Australia.