Here we go…..

I wanted to do something different. Not radically differant like moving to another city or changing my job. Just day to day different. A different focus.

2012 had been a heinous year. I’ll spare you the reasons right now until we know each other better, but the losses were traumatic although not insurmountable. They were natural and a part of life and I thought I was prepared, but I wasn’t.

So 2013 had to be different and in many ways the only person who could make it different was me. So I committed to myself ( and a select cadre of non judgmental types) that I would “do something crafty once a week” and I wanted to commit to it for the 2013 calendar year. It had to be homemade, a recipe I had never done before, or a new item for gardening.

Like everyone, I have a busy life. I have a career I love in a company I have been a part of for 30 year. I lead a national virtual team for women in the organization and do volunteer work with some professional organizations. I travel a lot, not overnite, but a lot of time in the car covering a large set of clients and territory. It’s tiring and stressful, and my other commitment to myself for 2013 was to move more. Walk, walk and then walk some more.

Not a lot of time for craft work. I found myself with some days off at the holidays at the end of 2012 and a new cricut that I had never used and some ragtag inspirations for things that “I’d like to make someday”. That’s what started it. A banner that says “For auld lang syne my dear”. Cut and strung across the front of my kitchen hutch for a couple of days. Not much more than that. Just enought to wink at me and say “you know you want to do more.”

So I did. Sometimes I did projects  in bunches for a couple of weeks at a time and some weeks I could really just handle one.  Crafting and creating turned out to be a calming influence. The more precise the process, the better I did.  And there were some notable triumphs. Well notable for me anyway. And it turns out that it wasn’t such a burden, but something I do for me that I look forward to. I have a Pinterest board with hundreds of projects waiting for me. I can’t wait….

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