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BOOK REVIEW: The Year of Fog By Michelle Richmond

Life is about choices everyday. For every action there is a reaction. All of our choices lead us to different outcomes. Eating a nutritious breakfast and exercise will keep us healthy. Eating doughnuts and not moving will make us obese which lead to other health issues. 

The simple act of looking left instead or right can change to trajectory of your life. Even going back to "fix" the wrong you have made can't make it all right again. Atonement - it gives us closure, not a reset. 

This is Abby's story. Her minute choice. Just 5 seconds is all it takes to change her trajectory. Her course is no longer straight and forward, but circles and spirals that make her feel like she is losing control. She learns about love. What love really is. When she finally gets back to the beginning of where it all started, she was hoping that it came with a reset button - that this alternate journey paused her life - when the reality is, life didn't stop or stand still. Life went on. T…
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A long time gone.

Three years.  Three years and so much has changed.  Three years and so much hasn't changed at all.  I found my voice.  I had forgotten what it sounded like.  I met my children.  I learned what THEIR voices were in all the chaos that surrounded us.  I lost my way for a while.  I stumbled to find my way.  For a while i just stood still.  I didn't move.  I just was.  My creative juices were blocked, clogged, dammed up.  The dam has burst.  Creativity is flowing.  I hear my voice.  I have a pace that i need to set.  One day at a time.  One stitch at a time.  One knot at a time.  One thing at a time.  
I have revamped my Etsy stores.  I am starting from scratch so to speak.  I haven't changed what i am doing, just how i am doing it and presenting it to the world.  I am happy, focused, and motivated.  I want all of that to show in my work.  This is my happy place and i want it to be yours too. 
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The Move

We are moving 3 hours away. 

I have my security here. my friends, an outlet for my creative side and people that i connect with.  now that goes away and I have to start over.  On the bright side, there is a stronger artistic community there, but also more competition.  I would be around more artistic minds; individuals that would understand my quirky, creative, and focused creatively driven personality.  When i am in an area with high concentrations of like-minded creative folks, it really feeds my creativity and to be honest my spirit.  Though I fear leaving the "security blanket" that i have knit here, I know that this chapter is complete and I have to start another one.

I have windows of opportunity that are opening up, but i feel like there is a lead ball holding me down.  I followed God's instruction and made preparations for this moment, but I am still here, leaning on God, trusting him, but not myself.  I think that i am my own lead ball.  This lead ball i…

Staying on Task

How is it when things get so overwhelming to stay on task and be creative and productive?  I am working a crazy schedule and find little free time to get into the studio.  Between being a mother, wife, and employee, i am finding it very difficult to be me.  Creatively, i am drowning.

The Holiday Rush

Halloween is just a few days away and I know the rush is on.  I have to say this year is one of the most creative years I have had in a long time.  We moved into this house about a year ago.  my studio is now in the house rather than a detached building.  In ways this is bad, BUT I love it.  I can be part of the family and still be working.  Though my children have a way of sneaking in here.  Boy does it get really creative when short people with vivid imaginations enter the space.  We may have to get a bigger space when they get older.

Creative outlet

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  I have a love/hate relationship with it.  First of all I have to admit this is when all of my creative juices run on overload.  I could look at a pile of laundry and get 3 ideas, load the dishwasher..another 2.  My brain goes into hyperdrive.  This is awesome.  I keep my sketch book with me to jot it all down...

then comes the hate part.

 I have so many ideas that there just aren't enough hours in my day.  Not only are my juices in overdrive, but it would seem that me non-crafty friends are too, because they will ask me to make something for them (to give as gifts), boy talk about pressure.  Do I sound like I am complaining?  Really I am not.  I love the challenge of learning and doing something new. 

But who needs sleep anyway?  There is always the Thanksgiving holiday to catch up on some zzzzz's.  I will just use the turkey as an excuse.  :)