Hello my friends...
I hope this finds you all well and happy.
Yesterday was an interesting day for me,
to say the least.
It started out all warm and cozy here in Minnesota
and we had our first truly warm day
for like 8 months, which then
ended in massive storms with tornados and hail,
thus chasing our family into the basement.
Photos: Richard Burns
via ~ http://www.allaboutyou.com/
Here's what else came my way.
Many of you may know
that I've worked an office job
in addition to my jewelry design for 4+ years now.
It was always a juggling act...
further complicated by the fact that
my busy time at the office
which demanded me to work more hours,
correlated to my busiest show times for my
jewelry which was the Fall each year.
You see my position was created 4 1/2 years ago,
and was considered a permanent part-time position.
So yesterday, I finally heard the news...
after not being called into work for 9 weeks,
I finally contacted my office to see what was up?
Turns out my job was being eliminated.
Restructuring that has taken place the last two years,
and a lack of large projects and extra work
that they had needed help with
in the past, was no longer happening.
A relief in many ways...
as my jewelry design business
consumes my life,
and I feel like I never have enough time
as it is to get everything
that I need to do done.
Do you remember my word for 2011?
So, with a tinge of sadness
closing one chapter of my life,
it is with excitement that I am
now able to do what I feel I've
always been called to do...
and that is to be
an "Artist" full time.
Although this is a bit scary and a change for me,
it really isn't all that new,
but rather I now have a new mindset.
I now accept that I am an Artist
and have confidence
that God is directing my journey.
However, it still feels weird to say this,
but I do at times have self doubts
brought on by the enemy
often by using those people closest to me,
to doubt my worthiness of this label.
~ Redesign ~
It appears the Lord is redesigning my life...
little did I know when I chose this word late in 2010 for
2011, that this would be part of that redesigning.
So, I will set my eyes on Him,
taking one day at a time,
and see where God
directs my future path,
my Artisan journey,
and seek my comfort
and self worth from Him alone.
People may mock me along the way,
for being an Artist,
but I will choose to keep my sight on Him,
as well as what He's doing in my life
and where He chooses to lead me.
You my trusted and loyal friends
may have to occasionally redirect my eyes
to Him and keep me grounded.
I ask you to do that...
and to hold me accountable.
I am with a thankful heart.
I should now be able to
create more freely.
No more concern as to when I have to work,
my schedule is totally mine,
and no further wondering as to when my
"pesky day job"
will be calling me into the office
away from what I love to do...
I am one of those people that
truly need to have
a creative outlet in my life,
or I'm afraid I'd wither up and die.
So excited to be free to be me.
So that's what is happening
in my little corner of the world.
What's new with you?