didn't 2010 sound so far fetched at one time? Heck 1999 sounded like it was light years away…now we are here…we are living in 2010. Sounds so space aged!!!
Well, I'm looking forward to a new year. Seems like each year when I think I've reached a comfortable place, it ends up teaching me some valuable lessons…I grow, reflect and take it all in. 2009 was no different. I lived, I learned and I felt continually blessed…not with material things, but the things that matter. Thank you Lord. I could list all the lessons learned, blessings felt and such. But the sum of all of these is simply TRUST and FAITH. Trust what I already KNOW. TRUST that HE is telling me quietly, that I just have to have FAITH. Listen to that small still voice. I made some pretty significant changes in 2009. For the last 7+ years, scrapbooking has pretty much been my JOB. Sometimes 20 hour weeks many times 50-60 or 70 hour weeks. Always having a feeling of preoccupation and being torn as a work at home mama. Many of you know this feeling whether you work in or out of the house. And while I still love making memories stand still through the beauty of paper, glue and pretties…I had to take some time last summer to put things in perspective. Step back. Ask myself…what the heck am I doing!?!?! I was so burned out, spent, and just turned inside out with the demands of my sb gigs, family, and a few other duties I took on for the summer…I was just absolutely exhausted. Mentally, physically, in every way. I had to make some changes. Some changes that I should have made sooner. Remember that small still voice...it was there...for months. I didn't listen for a while, I ignored it…thought I had it under control. But it was constant. Telling me…reminding me…whispering softly– family first.
So I did…make some changes. And some things were out of my control. And that's okay. But every wonderful thing and scary thing and decision I made in 2009 made me wiser, stronger, and more FAITHFUL.
And that my friends, is a good thing.
You know what? The truth is, I LIKE change, I like the excitement that comes with a new adventure…the possibilites of where it might take me. I love a challenge. I love a CONTROL F5…or a REFRESH. Be it a new year, putting a different spin on something old or just a new direction. I'm not afraid to jump in…if only I have one thread of FAITH to hold onto. I know it will be okay. So many times I've repeated my mantra, "variety is the spice of life." I am a dreamer, an optimist though I do not believe in luck...at all. I believe in God's plan, HIS divine purpose. That's why I'm okay with whatever comes my way. I know that it is to teach me, guide me and keep me in line with HIS plan. I am okay with NOT being in control. Because I trust and have faith that HE is in control.
That's a good feeling.
It doesn't mean life will be a breeze. It just means that I think I can handle it…with HIM. All things are possible to him that believeth.
So…here I am…working in the Whimsy Shoppe...loving getting to play with lots of different creative things. SO SO SO thankful for all of you who have supported the shoppe and are wearing your handmade jewels, displaying your hand painted art or carrying your unique bags knowing that I made them with love and appreciation JUST for YOU. Just having FAITH that God will take this little WS adventure wherever it needs to go. Thankful to still be a part of the awesome BHG Scrapbooks etc. team and looking forward to a few new EXCITING scrapbooky CRAFTY tidbits that I'll share later. :) And looking forward to wonderful exciting things to unfold in this NEW YEAR!!! Anything is possible! Aslo thankful for all of you that have made Inspiration Unlimited another SOLD OUT event for 2010!!! Wooo hoooo!!!
Most of all…thankful for every moment with these lovies…
(Sara's Bday- New Year's Eve)