I too have had my ups and downs. I sell and truly enjoy doing my markets/shows. However, sometimes I just don't want to make soap. I have found I can generally make a bunch of soap when I'm excited (50-60 lbs) in a weekend and then go several months without making it. I've been on the soaping marathon the past couple weekends. Now just have to let them cure then when needed wrap and label and they are ready to go. I will be making some holiday soaps for family for the holidays otherwise will probably go some time before making them again I enjoy making other things and cooking so it allows me to have the best of both worlds. It's the first hobby turned into a business that I've enjoyed for the long run. If the day ever comes when I just plain don't enjoy it anymore I'll quit and just make soap for my family.