Can I just say that it's been a crazy busy amazing week!? I have been working a ton with my rental littles (I am a sitter a couple of days a week) and it has been super fun! They have so much energy and it's totally getting me geared up to have some littles of our own. Currently, the baby is cooing and the older brother is counting his Matchbox cars. "One, two, three, six..." It's hilarious.
Thanks so much for all your sweet words this week - it has been great getting back into the swing of things. I feel so excited and optimistic about where things are going in this little bloggy land of mine. And honestly, the biggest part of this is because I just don't care about how any of this is perceived, as harsh as that may sound. I am blogging for me, for Eric though he probably doesn't know he cares about all of this now, and for our future kids to be able to have a glimpse of what our life is like now. Of course I love being able to make new friendships with anyone who stumbles over here, and I appreciate all the comments and feedback, I really really do. But the bottom line is that I have to be doing this for the right reasons if I'm going to be able to keep doing this successfully. And part of the success of this blog - the biggest part, really - is that I keep enjoying the process. That I don't let this become just another job that I am more often than not burned out by, as I was in January.
And because this is MY space, to record MY thoughts and feelings, I feel I can say that I after one week of blogging on my own terms, and having had this last six months to reorganize and re-prioritize, I am happy. I no longer feel that I need this team or that team to make me legitimate in the scrappy industry. I tried for a long time, was lucky enough to be on some great teams, and for the most part loved all of it. But the exceptions to all the loving it were pretty big exceptions. I overcommitted myself and stretched myself way too thin in order to get as much exposure as possible, and while that is exactly what was necessary to get where I am now, and I don't regret it, it was definitely the cause of a lot of unnecessary stress.
And so it is with a little hesitation that I entertained the idea of what my Good News Friday is all about. I mean, I sorta have things exactly how I need them to be right now. I work with EK Success, and create SRM's CHA workshops. I get paid to do that, and that works nicely. I can't tell you how depressing it is to look in my album these days and realize that not a single page has been added that wasn't for a DT commitment. And I hope there's no misunderstanding - I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute to DTs, and generally enjoy the work that I did for them, but it's a totally different ballgame when you're using someone else's list of required paper, embellies, tools, and ideas. There is nothing quite as enjoyable to me as sitting down, choosing a photo, and going to town. Using whatever paper lines I want, as many embellies as I want, with no obligation to push any certain product or technique. I think my best work happens when I have the freedom to scrap according to my own set of guidelines. And that's a pretty small set. So I hesitate to get back into the game of limiting myself to what others want me to use.
But this next chapter is going to be great, I think. This next chapter is about working with some new people, some new products, and having the freedom to do whatever I want with those products. YAAY!
So for three months, starting July 1st, I will be working for Faber-Castell's Design Memory Craft line of artist's tools as a Guest Designer!! I am so excited to be able to work with a line that will help to stretch me as an artist. It still feels weird to call myself that...
So be sure to check back for some great projects, products, and ideas in the next few months. It's going to be a fun ride!!
Oh, and for those of you who haven't entered, don't forget that tonight is the deadline to enter to win a $10 credit to my Etsy shop! Just leave a comment here! This runs until midnight tonight, and I'll announce a winner on Monday!
Have a great weekend!