A few days after I saw that inspirational paper (and some matching stamps), I learned of a call for submissions for the design team of the company that made the paper, Graphic 45. I have been in love with their papers for a few years now, so at the very least it was a good excuse to play with some stuff I already had or wanted to buy. I did a set of book end drawers,
a wall hanging, a kraft mixed media album, folders/truth card holders and gift cards with packaging. This process has been an absolute joy. It has shown me the true extent of what I have learned about crafting in the past couple of years. I will also be using what I learned on these projects to create gifts for family, friends and myself.
I still have citrus oil under my nails from the zest I put into some mulled wine a couple of hours ago. Can something smell bright, because I believe this does. We were supposed to have a glitzy New Year’s Eve, but after all of the snow we got this afternoon, we just want to stay warm. 2012 was an awesome year for me. I met more great friends. Celebrated milestones. Sometimes wiped some tears, but there were places I found myself where I never imagined I would be again. It was not perfect, but I grew and I look forward to growing even more. Friends have turned into more friends. Giving has turned into more giving and I have received in new and amazing ways.
When I was in high school, my acting teacher told us young dummies (who thought we were SO intelligent, btw) that life was not a dress rehearsal and that so many of us are not even living. I’m trying to live and share the things I learn and find along the way. Here’s to more of that!
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. (Romans 12:15, NIV)
I’ve become better at vicarious joy – being truly uplifted by the good news in the lives of others, regardless of what is going on in mine.
I’ve made a lot of progress in this area, but I still have some way to go. Some days I have the most awesome news and I want to share it with everybody, but I have to restrain myself sometimes because some of my friends/family may be going through something, so I have to be sensitive. There was a time when I would have interpreted people not rejoicing with me due to their having tough situations as being non-supportive. Hooray for maturity 🙂
Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time in quiet reflection. When things get hectic in my life, I just get quiet. I spend more time in prayer and meditation. I’ve been really praying for and working on my ability to address issues without anger, but addressing them nonetheless. Like being able to express things I feel badly about calmly without dragging other stuff into it. That might not sound like a big deal to some people, but it is a really big deal to me. In the past, I’ve kept things in or I’ve straight up exploded. Or just set somebody up on the sly. Not good, I know. I think that’s what part of growing more mature has meant to me, that I can say, “This doesnt work for me.” and move on.