five years?

Really? I can't believe that I started this blog 5 years ago. It just doesn't seem like it was that long ago. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, that I'd last this long or what would happen once I started down this path. It's been very, very worth it.

The professional and personal rewards have been great—more like huge! You've seen me toot my horn with my successes (and you've graciously supported me) and I've had the great pleasure of meeting wonderful people. I'm so grateful for all of that.

What you haven't seen much of are the struggles. The biggest one is actually sitting in front of my computer to create a post and put the words together. Even after 60 months of writing, I still get waves of doubt when I hit the publish button. But, yes, it is getting easier. Some days I simply think that 'good enough' is perfect. I need to learn to give myself permission to have more of those days or better yet, to recognize that I'm not as bad as I think I am.

Creating projects for the blog is easy. Ok, not easy, easy but it's fun. Maybe that's why easy was the first word that came to mind. I like the challenge of coming up with something new and unexpected. It's like performing mental yoga or gymnastics. Love it.

five years

It still amazes me that these simple tools have given me so much. I left that stumpy pencil in the photo even though I was tempted to use a newer one because that's the one that one of the kids used for their homework the other day. They have been a part of this adventure and I need to fully acknowledge out loud how influential they are in my creative process. They really are quite inspiring to say the least. They also help me create a rhythm between my professional and family life. While I'm on the family subject I need to give my hubby a shout out too. Without his enormous gifts of patience and understanding all my crazy projects wouldn't exist. Any other guy that hears the phrase "Oh I have another idea!" as often as he does would've probably gone crazy by now.

I realize that I don't share much of our personal lives with you but I'm not really good at that and I don't really think that's why you visit, is it?

Speaking of which, why do you visit? That is a question that I wonder about every now and then. As much as this blog is for the exploration of my ideas, I hope that my intent of inspiring other projects and lighting other creative fires is working. That is my hope.

So, will there be another five years of this? I don't know but let's assume that is the case for now. What will I be looking back upon 5 years from now? We shall see.

I'm two weeks away from our family trip so I haven't had time to properly arrange a better giveaway. I do however have a one-of-kind eraser board (in photo below) that is not available in my shop right now. I'll be giving it away with a copy of my book and a set of block printed cards. To enter the giveaway just leave me a comment below. If you feel inclined to do so let me know what you'd like to see more of on the blog and any other thoughts of improvements that you have in mind. I'm all ears!

I will leave this post open for comments until Thursday at midnight and I'll announce the winner on Friday. Please make sure to leave me an email or some way to reach you.

Happy Wednesday!

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