Sunday, October 11, 2015

No matter what, always be you!

I get a daily email with random quotes, and somedays the timing couldn't be more perfect!

I've had a lot of decisions weighing on my mind recently. How to better spend my time, what I want to focus on in different aspects of my life, what goals I want to focus on, etc.

One decision that I have really been struggling with is what I want to do with my *business*. I would like to take it to the next level, and try to amp it up a little. Which has led to questioning if I want to/should be more professional with it. As I consider what that would mean, and trying to visualize the balance of work and life, and running a business that stays in accord with my values and desires (one desire being that I just really want to help people), I've really struggled with taking the plunge and making a decision at all.

For one thing, I constantly remind myself that while I'd love to ... insert goal... such as write a book, I am not at that stage in my life to work on that goal. Right now I'm raising a family. And that is fine! I love raising my family!! And I also love my *work*. (See, I'm still not 100% committed that it's even my job. But I'm getting there.) �� I'm happy with baby stepping my way into it.

My point is, is that I think this quote sums it up perfectly. No matter what we are going to do in life, we can only be ourselves in doing it!! I've struggled with become *professional*, because I've been looking at it in a way that takes so much of who I am out of the equation.

I picture professional as the opposite of what I've been doing that has gotten me as far as I am now. I am not anyone out of the ordinary, and yet I feel like I receive so much support from so many amazing people!! Thank you!! Being the imperfect, and perhaps sometimes too open, person that I am, for some reason has brought me further along than I really ever imagined!

I'm not looking for fame or fortune. I just want to help my family, and hopefully help someone else who has had a rough day.

 I don't feel like I've been doing a very good job at that lately, as I've been so caught up in becoming something else. My hubby keeps telling me, "well then, just keep doing what you've been doing!" So I guess that's the answer to my question. Keep on keepin' on!

And if I'm going to share some uplifting message, you just keep being you!! Don't feel like you have to fit some mold to be successful! Just be you! Find what you love and what you are good at, and do it!! It took me a while to find my niche, but it works for me.

Sometimes I try to do what someone else is doing, and it doesn't work. I totally believe in learning and trying new things. Don't get me wrong. But I can't be good at everything.

What I can do is be grateful for and appreciate the talents of others. Enjoy those things that they do which they have spent their time and effort in developing!! It's not a competition. It's a community of sharing and growth. Just think, if everyone brought their best selves to the table, and we all sat back enjoyed the talents and strengths of one another, this world would be a beautiful and amazing place!!

The first time I realized this was at a college jazz concert. I sat there listening to them play, loving the music and talent of the band. Usually I'll think, "I wish I could play like them!" or "I wish I was that good!"

Instead, as I sat there listening I thought of all the time they spent practicing. The years they spent learning to play their instruments. I thought of the hard work, dedication, and frustration given to get to where they were then. And I was so overwhelmed with gratitude that they would share that with me!

I was so incredibly happy that I didn't have to put in all of that work to enjoy the end results!

I could sit there, relax, and be happy! I could skip all the pain and tears and sweat. All because someone else did it!

And I was so happy for them! Instead of being envious or jealous, I was so happy for them! That that was their talent, even though it wasn't mine.

Since then, whenever I see someone write a book, or come out with a fabric line, or buy their first house, or have some other accomplishment that is on my dream board. Instead of being upset that I don't yet have that, I rejoice in their accomplishments! I an happy for them! And happy to celebrate with them!

Isn't that how life should be?! That we can rejoice in one another?!

Just like those jazz students shared their talent and hard work with me, I can do that for others! I never thought my *talent* would be designing quilt patterns. But when I think about it, it's perfect for me! I love ever aspect of it! I enjoy it! And people enjoy my them too! And it makes me so happy!!

So whatever your goals or dreams are, never lose sight of who you really are! And in whatever you do, always be you!

How does that quote go? "There is nothing truer than true, no one is youer than you!"

Thanks for reading my late night ramble, thought detangling blog post! ;)

Don't ever be discouraged. Rejoice in who you are! Because you are beautiful!!!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tutorial: Decorative Pillow Case with Hidden Zipper

Insert tutorial here.

Haha! I need a link to the tutorial I haven't written yet. So here it is! I'll post the tutorial soon and post another blog post when it's up, so you can come back and find it if you want! lol. I just really like the way I make my pillows! :D

P.s. I haven't forgotten about the Dusk giveaway, or all the winners, and everyone who helped me out. If you are waiting to hear from me... I will get back to you soon! For some reason when I committed to a few things, I didn't realize how close the last day of one month was to the 5th of the next month. I mean hey, they are two different months, how close can they be?! lol. I'll share more of what's going on soon!!


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Nothing's Allowed PenPals: Staring Over

You may remember when I wrote this post about my fabric addiction last year, which lead to the formation of the Nothing's Allowed Penpals group. The penpal group was AWESOME!! But unfortunately I didn't organize it very well, and after a short time it mostly flopped.

As a quick overview for anyone that is not familiar with it, this group is a penpal group where NOTHING is allowed! The only expense should be the cost of the stamp. Don't send candy, goodies, don't buy fancy stationary, nothing. You can send recipies, quick notes, doodles, art, someone sent me some garland made with heart shapes cut from magazines, which I LOVE!, etc. All that is sent is something from the heart!

The point in this is to help us disconnect from the need to always buy "things" and have "things". If you read the post I first linked to, I talk about what I went through in my own personal struggle of my fabric/shopping addiction. After reading so many responses, and hearing others stories, I realized I wasn't alone. I wanted to provide a way to feel the "needs" that we have, without busting our budgets, or forming dependencies on things that don't fulfill. People are what are real, and relationships are what are most rewarding!

As for my own experience in the group, I had high hopes to send EVERYONE mail every month or two. Well, sending a quick note to 70+ people is actually rather time consuming and it became pretty overwhelming.

Fast forward to the last month. I've been thinking a LOT about friendships and friends, and how incredibly important it can be to know that there is someone who has your back! Friends are essential in life! And honestly, I am kind of a horrible friend. I do have lots of friends, but in the busyness of life I am afraid I'm not very good at returning the friendships that others have given to me, online or in person. Which I really want to correct!

In my efforts to rectify this and come up with a solution I've thought a lot about this group, and how great it could be if done correctly!

One solution to help improve it, I've realized that I can't do it alone! I'm hoping that I can get some moderators to help me out!

My goal originally was to send every single person mail. I didn't want anyone to be left out. But for me at this point in my life, that is impossible. BUT if everyone is split into small groups, and I only need to worry about 9 other people at most, that I can do! And I think other people could too! As a moderator, or group leader, or "master friend" heehee, I would ask that you make sure to send mail to every person in your group! That you make sure that everyone is receiving something.

What is sent doesn't have to be huge, like I mentioned before. Even a simple postcard to say "hi" is enough!

The other thing I would ask of the moderators, is to keep me updated on your group. How active is everyone? Are people getting along? Would anyone benefit from being placed in a different group? If after a few months no one seems to be getting along, we can change things up.

I know there were a few people from this last group who did form good friendships and actually met in real life!! That's so awesome!! :)

Another thought I had, if there are only a few people sending mail, and everyone else fizzles, let's regroup people so active people can be in an overall active group. Though I guess this depends on what the individuals want to do. I know some people won't be able to send mail all the time, but they could still benefit from receiving. I guess this is something that could be discussed after we get established.

And... that's all the ideas I have at the moment. If you have other suggestions, please let me know! :)

I have created a new form to fill out, and hopefully I didn't forget any questions. I'm really excited to get this started again, and I hope you'll join me if you are interested! If you know anyone that would be interested, please share this with them as well! The more people the better!

As for anyone who signed up last year, I'm going to email everyone a link to the new form so you can sign up again if you want to stay in the group. Starting fresh will be easier than trying to weed out the no longer interested. :)

Thank you so much!! I'm hoping I can get this organized and groups formed in the next 2 weeks or so, depending on how many people sign up, and how many moderators there are.

Happy weekend!


Friday, September 25, 2015

New Pattern: DUSK + a Giveaway!!

Hi Everyone! How is everyone? I hope you're well! Ever since school started at the beginning of this month, things have been non-stop! I'm finally starting to feel like I am finding a little time to relax, and it's so nice!

I want to let you know about a new pattern that I released this week! It's called Dusk!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I've been pretty quiet... And a little intimidated.

I feel like for the past 9 months or so, that I've been really quiet and reserved. I've had so many things I've wanted to blog about, or share, and even started blogging about, but I just haven't been able to hit publish! I don't know why. Well, I do. For some reason I've felt rather intimidated to open up and share things that are such an intense part of who I am. Which seems odd considering the things I have shared on my blog. Maybe it was just being pregnant that did it, but I think I'm ready to start opening up again, and kick this intimidation out the door.