Like most people during this time of year, I too am reflective of all my many blessings. However, at this point in my life I am more thankful for all of the mistakes that I have made. All those times that I felt apprehensive, a little scared, or somewhat challenged only got me closer to the place I needed to go. For that, I am thankful.
My grandmothers call me young and those that I mentor and support have told me that I am wise. While I take each piece of commentary with a grain of salt, I realize that I am just like everyone else–trying to do the best I can. I’m at a crossroads of sorts and I am feeling energized and encouraged about what’s around the bend.
Here is what I know for sure–the minute that you begin to forgive yourself and remember that you too are human, you free yourself to move on to the blessings that are waiting just up ahead.
While being a mom has undeniable rewards, it hasn’t always been the easiest of rides. I am my son’s protector and provider and with that comes an amazing weight of responsibility. However, he is healthy, wise, and wonderfully vibrant. I am thankful thus.
My full-time job carries with it a lot of responsibility. When I accepted the position, which was newly created at the time, I had no idea what issues I would encounter. I’ve been there going on five years now (really?) and I feel like there is still so much that needs to be done. However, there are people who have been out of work for months, years even, those who have lost their homes and sometimes even their sense of self. I am thankful thus.
And besides everything that constitutes my real life (as noted above), I am attempting to expand on this sense of creativity that I have always had. I study and research my craft just like I was getting a PhD, staying on top of trends and the latest tools, gadgets, and techniques. My biggest struggle ahead, and ultimately my goal for the coming months, is to really figure out who I am as a designer, a scrapbooker, a card maker…a memory keeper. It’s not happening as fast as I would like though. I get frustrated when my project doesn’t match my vision. What exactly is my vision anyway and why would anyone care? The good news is that I have time to find out. There’s no need to rush. It will come. I am thankful thus.
I really like how these turned out. I hope you do too. Let me know if you have any questions about them and remember…be thankful, thus.