The wind is howling around my home and rattling the windows. Snow has been falling steadily, and is expected to pile up to 6 inches tonight.
Itâ€™s been a good hibernation day (love that song by Jars of Clay). With ice on the windows, what else can you do but head for the craft room?
(Wire art by http://blog.birdfromawire.com/)
Itâ€™s ironic that the weather is the most turbulent this particular day than it has been in the past few weeks, when my brain was filled with stormy-ness. Iâ€™ve spent three months preparing and re-evaluating and self-confirming an exhilarating yet terrifying decision.
It required assessing what is important in life, how I perceive myself, how external factors aid that self-perception, and whether I dare to truly stand on my own rather than take the easy route of â€˜conventionality.â€™ But my life has been anything but conventional, and while I perceive myself to be risk-averse, sometimes the route of (perceived) security can be harmful to oneâ€™s health.
So after 18 years of either studying nonstop, working nonstop, or both, it is time to take a sabbatical and determine how to truly follow my bliss. Ultimately this decision has been in the works since 2008 when I first started reading Barbara Brabecâ€™s books on a crafting business. I didnâ€™t take the plunge then, but now know that it was because I needed more preparation.
Today I am in a better place financially, emotionally, and socially. It is time. I get to seize the moment!
So Iâ€™ve been busy preparing farewell cards to some special colleagues (a girlsâ€™ gotta market, you know?), which turned out to be a lot of people!
Writing them was my favorite part.
Next up are the family cards, which Iâ€™ll write over the Christmas holiday. I look forward to a true vacation with the family, and then weâ€™ll see what 2011 will bring!