I hope all of you are having a fabulous New Year’s Day. Yesterday was a day of decisions. Some were difficult, others were easy. I guess it’s like dealing with good and bad news so I’ll share the difficult with you first. I’m sure you have all noticed the decrease in my blog posts. To put it simply I’m feeling burnt out. Each month I try to come up with fabulous projects to share with you and to teach in classes. When I put so much pressure upon myself I find it hard to concentrate and be motivated. I’ve looked at the reasons I started stamping and why I continue to do it. I stamp because I love creating something and when I create something I love I want to share it with the world. I want to return to that feeling of creating to create because I want to, not because I feel I have to. That leads into my difficult decision. I’ve talked it over with my family and they are supportive of my decision. I’ve decided to pull back from the business side of stamping and just stamp for fun and my own pleasure. I will continue on with Stampin’ Up! because I love their products and I love the direction they are going. That being said I am not going to be teaching as many classes as I have in the past. I am going to continue on to keep stamping a part of my hobby. Over the last few years I’ve tried to do it all. I’ve focused on selling stamps and accessories, teaching classes, getting my work published and selling my handmade creations. I made the decision that I can’t do it all. Therefore it’s time to simplify. In doing so I’m sure that my creativity will return as I refocus my path. You can still buy the same great Stampin’ Up! products through me or my Demonstrator website. Speaking of have you seen the new mini catalogs? The Occasions mini, Sale-a-Bration mini and Decor Elements mini are up on my website. You can view them here. Please note that these catalogs do not go live until January 5th. Besides all of the new items Stampin’ Up! now has a new punch style and new Clear Mount rubber stamps. These are the same great rubber stamps that you love, but you can now use clear acrylic blocks to mount them! What a space saver! I am also going to refocus my blog a bit. I’m going to continue to share with you the creations I made. I am also going to be adding and e-commerce page to my site so that I can sell some of the items I have made over the year as well as offer kits to you when I have the time.
Now that I’ve talked about the new focus of my stamping life, I have a new focus for my personal life. Instead of making a New Year’s Resolution I’ve decided to pick a word for the year. The word I chose is Blessing. I plan to look at the everyday blessings in my life. The definition of blessing is something promoting or contributing to happiness, well-being, or prosperity. Today I have seen many blessings already. I woke up to a cold 10 degree day but I am blessed to be comfortable and warm in my home. I am blessed to have peace with the decisions I have made. I am blessed to be able to find ways to spend more time with my family and I feel that my decisions will allow that.
I hope your 2010 is filled with daily blessings and that you will continue to enjoy the creations I post for you. Until then I’m enjoying a 3 day weekend with my husband and kids. See you Monday!