Over the past 20 months I have been running a race, with the end not very clearly marked, and with hundreds of checkpoints. I started off at a sprint, slowed to a jog, occasionally twisted an ankle, got dehydrated, and re-hydrated, bought new sneakers...kept on running.
My marathon up to this point has been Nursing ( and the study of ). I put aside other things, I left old things behind, I compromised, multi-tasked and delegated. I prioritized and I succeeded in my study. I have good grades. I am on track.
I also lost the zing in me that makes me "me".
I thought to do one thing well, I had to put the other away.
Then in the past two weeks I have discovered
To be the Mum I want to be, to be the friend I want to be, to be happy and fulfilled and balanced, I need to create, to design, to embellish and to dream.
I remember the first day I got my laser machine and the little thrill I felt when I saw my designs finally cutting out. The first cut was Santas, with me and my Dad watching through the top window as mustaches and beards and coats appeared.
From that moment on I was hooked and I wish I could describe to you the peculiar thrill I feel, every time I have a new design coming to life.
In the past two weeks, I have realised ( read: been smacked in the head with a piece of wood) that I need to still embrace and seek out those little moments that make me... well...............me!
I have missed my buttons, my crafty friends, the beauty of fabric and the thrill of a completed project. I have missed the comradeship between designers, the ideas, the inspiration...
And so, even though my studies are important, I realise everything else that was me before is still here,maybe some parts are wrapped in tissue paper and hiding in the attic, but ME, I'm still here.
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To everyone who has waited patiently for ME to return, thankyou.
The best is yet to be