I always knew that running two companies might one day mean I'd have to choose between them, and after a very tough week of meeting my soap-making obligations, it became clear to me that I just couldn't go on selling soap. I spent most of the weekend agonising over it, and then, on Monday, I began taking steps to close my little soap company down properly. Everything should be in place by the first week in February.
Of course I'm sad, but at the same time, I do feel a burden has been lifted. I want to be absolutely sure I always give my customers the best service possible, and feeling pulled in two directions was making that difficult.
I have a lot of exciting plans for Gracefruit.com, and am looking forward to launching lots of new products over the coming months.
And on a more personal note, I'm really looking forward to using the extra room in my house! We cleaned out the soap room on Wednesday and are making fun use of the space. I wish I'd taken before and after photos, but the before shots were just too scary. :)