anything worth doing…

I really like my work.  I do.  It feels braggy to say that, but I don’t think it has to be.

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Every year I look forward to creating our family Christmas card in a way that will highlight the miracle of God come to earth.

This year was especially fun, because, well, since the arrival of No2… there just hasn’t been that much time to create.

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and, I am just really pleased with this one.

I guess the fact that I have ventured into this world of selling what I make assumes that I am generally pleased with my ability to create pretty paper things…  But for the most part, I sort of just leaped out there, insecurities a-blaze, and figured — enough people told me my stuff was good, so it must be good enough.

For the first time, I have actually been seeing, on my own, that I am good at this.

I decided this Fall, that what I had initially planned to accomplish with Seven Layer Designs in a season, was now going to take place over the entire next year.  And it just made sense to me.  It was so clear and calm and just right.  I didn’t agonize over it, or ask everyone else what they thought… because it just came from a place of security and confidence.

When I recognized, quite possibly for the first time (ever) that I am good at what I do, it just naturally followed that if I am good at what I do, I can slow down.  I don’t have to worry about keeping up.  I believe in my work and myself enough to know, that I can go at my pace and though momentum may be lost, it can be recovered.

If my product is worth it now, it will be worth it next year.

Does that make me nervous?  UM… at times, yes!  But I know, beyond a doubt, that this is the right decision for me, my family and my business.

So what is happening exactly, you ask? 

Well, I am still going to be taking on clients on a job by job basis, so that I don’t pile my plate too high.  {Just be sure to contact me if you are interested in working together on an invitation or stationery design}.  I am really only scaling back on the sales and marketing part.  I will be working on more behind the scenes aspects of the business and building up more of a portfolio, spending most of my {all too limited} time focused on creating new designs!  Which I am o.so.excited about.  I will {and already do} miss cranking designs out at a faster pace, working with clients, shipping off orders, posting updates here… but again, this is all happening in the right timing.

and I’ll be here occasionally, but mostly…  I’ll be making things!

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Merry Christmas!!

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