Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Changes

Design teams....they have been a huge part of my life the past 3-4 years.

The past few months it's been really difficult for me to keep up with my monthly commitments and deadlines. Life's just become busier. And my personal art is calling to me. I haven't picked up my paintbrush for 2 months and that isn't ok with me. It's probably obvious to anyone who knows me that I can't do anything without going all in - one extreme or the other. haha

Also some personal issues.......as you know my dad had some heart problems last month. He's doing much better, thanks for your comments. :) I've been dealing with some health issues myself, as well. Hypoglycemia - the result of yo-yo and extreme dieting most of my life. I started working on making my health more of a priority last year and I want to continue that journey. I'm actually excited about it. Imagine me.......exercising....eating healthy. Kind of funny, if you know me at all.....lol. But those things take time.

My family. My heart - time with them is the most valuable thing to me.

So, a few changes for me to keep up with my goals of art and health. I've resigned from my design team comittments.....I love Crate Paper and am so thankful to Lisa and Christine for how wonderful they have been to me. Sassafras Lass......what a dream of mine for so long, I'm so sad that I had to say no. Webster's Pages.....I didn't reapply, but still will always love and support Brandin and the girls there.

I'll still be doing free-lance work and guest spots. Also some fun things coming up in future Stampington Publications, so don't think I won't still be here and sharing.

Change is something I often fear and this time it is no different. But with my goals in mind, I know I can work through this transition. Thanks for listening to me today.


23 comments:

  1. Wow tough decisions, but clearly the right ones for you right now.
    I still look forward to you sharing your beautiful and inspiring creations, whether they are for a design team or not.
    And I hope you are able to resolve your personal health/food/exercise issues. I did many years ago, and it is so incredibly liberating to just eat like a normal person and enjoy food and be healthy. It frees up a ton of mental energy.

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  2. Lucy, I'm so sad to hear about your father and about your personal issues. And taking these decisions is very, very difficult...but it is great to listen to your heart and to always realize what scrapbooking really is about: joy and pleasure, instead of a 'must'. I'm so proud of you that you took these decisions, listened to your heart and try to find a way to fight against your personal issues. You go girl! Big hugs!

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  3. I applaud you, Lucy, and wish you the very best, always. Sometimes, one needs to take a step back and assess, prioritize, and just breathe. I look forward to watching you grow with your art and get back to doing what you love most.
    Best wishes and big (hugs)!

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  4. Lucy, you are an amazing, strong, and inspiring artist...of course you are making the best decisions for you! I will keep my eye out for those times you do have art to share...thanks for all the past inspiration too!
    Much love & Best Wishes!

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  5. Difficult decisions for sure! I'm sorry to hear about the medical issues and hope everyone is doing okay. Life gets kind of frantic sometimes, and then it's best to just take care of yourself and your family and be free in your creative endeavours...though I know you enjoyed your commitments while you were able to do them. Things do come...to pass. It's time to enjoy another season in your life. Blessings!

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  6. Lucy, some things are prior to others simply; although you definitely had had some tough decisions it's not that you are closing the door of your scraproom forever.
    and we will be awaiting your wonderful creations, no matter how much time it would take you and your family to recover...

    (I know that's selfish, but I have to add I was thrilled of the idea of working with you in the same DT - maybe some other day...).

    Take care,
    Anna

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  7. So sad to see you go, Lucy. But it is totally understandable. I wish you and your family all of the best-with your health and your fantastic talents. Looking forward to seeing where this journey takes you! Take good care! ;)

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  8. Now that you have made the decision Lucy, you will feel much better. Artists need to create and if this is not happening then you are empty inside; the soul is crying out to you. Everyone in this forum will understand your decisions to curtail your work load. I wish you the very best, start painting again and every thing will sort itself out.
    Smiles:)

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  9. I know how hard that can be but good for you! I cant wait to see what you come up with, I'm sure it will be amazing! You have your priorities in order girl ((hugs)) take care of yourself sweetie!

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  10. I know this had to be a hard decision for you my dearest...but we have to put US first!! I love you and glad to hear your Dad is okay! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  11. Be strong Lucy. Taking a time-out and re-prioritizing your life goals is important. You have such a creative soul and I know that even if you are not on any design teams, you will still be creating. Take care of yourself and best regards to your father. Please stay positive always.

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  12. I can only imagine how difficult this decision has been for you Lucy, as I had to make the same decision recently and chose to step down from all but one DT. And I'm so sad about it! But your health and family must take priority. And each takes time. Pity there's only 24 hours in each day. Hugs.

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  13. Bravo for the inner strength and courage to make those decisions. I know how much you wanted Sass..... I can almost hear you screaming or me screaming when I saw your name on their blog. It is still a dream come true. Your work is recognized. I applaud you, my friend!

    Keep on following your heart! That's why matters most!

    Keep healthy, keep painting. I am still sneaking up on your blog here and there! Love, Wendy

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  14. Good for you Lucy! I've been there too, and I know how time-consuming DT's can be. Like you said - it's all or nothing - and sometimes 'nothing' is better for your own health and art. I think you made the right decision... you will see you will enjoy the extra time (and energy) that this gives you!

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  15. I hope all is well with you and your family. I had noticed you were not posting as much lately. You do beautiful work. It can be tough trying to be a good daughter, a wife, a mommy and an artist all at the same time.
    I do not know if I told you after we saw you, I know it was a while back, but Shawn said he hardly recognized you. You look really good. I know you are struggling with health issues but you look great. Keep up the hard work!
    Denise

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  16. Best of luck in what you need to do~~family and health definitely take priority~

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  17. Listening ? ..... always.

    Such a huge decision.
    Im so proud of you, and you will be so much happier.

    Steph xo

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  18. Wishing you only the best, and thank you for always being so inspiring! I look forward to seeing all of your creations!!!!! Hugs

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  19. I understand your conflicts girl :) Wish you all the luck on your new goals!! Hugs and I so appreciate you as a friend and fellow artist.

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  20. I know that refocusing will bring out the best in your art... and I can't wait to see it! :)Hugs!

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  21. What a tough decision, but at the right time for you right now. I admire you for making it. And I look forward to continuing to see your art and creations :)

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  22. Blessings to your father. I am so excited for you with respect to your new direction. Did I interpret right that you won't be blogging any more. As a long time subscriber I will miss your blogging.

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  23. WOW! Good for you, Lucy! I can never understand how people can take on like 10 design teams and really stay into it. Your health and family are so much more important and I think that the creative part of us is really a personal thing. I see how passionate you are about it and I think you will enjoy the process so much more without having to be committed to the cookie cutter designs that a company expects from designers. Good for you girl! Enjoy it! Hugs!
    Michelle @ AMM

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