“Don’t give so much of yourself to others that you begin to disappear from your own story.”
Stacie Bloomfield, from “Give Yourself Margin, A Guide to Rediscovering and Reconnecting with Your Creative Self”
I’m really enjoying this book^ mentioned above. Amy gave it to me the other day as a gift. She knows I’m struggling with what to do next and has always thought of me as a creative being, even when I didn’t, and thought this book would get me some clarity. I read a few pages a day and think about what it means and even though it’s only been a few days, I’ve made some big decisions.
I’ve decided to let go of publishing Macaroni Kid for my area at the end of this month. This was a big one. I’ve been publishing for almost 11 years. I learned so much, made so many wonderful friends, and really felt that it helped our community. I hope it continues. I have little say about who takes over. It was truly my passion project, but it’s time for me to get back to my roots of creating things and that part of me has been buried under learning how apps work, or website design…I need to feel things in a tactile way, so that’s part of why I made this decision. To get back to fiber. Maybe even sewing again. Did you know that I am a trained dressmaker and tailor and had my own custom clothing business way back when? I loved it and met every project as a puzzle. But I needed a change from that for a while and now I am woefully out of practice.
And then there’s the herd. I’ve got a lot of fiber to go through, get to where it needs to go to be made into incredible products. I can’t do it all myself, but have been fortunate to find fellow alpaca folks who share their resources freely and I now have a few leads for what I want to do.
Today is looking bright. It may not be as sunny as it has been, but it’s bright with the snow. It’s about 18*. Brrrr. Yes, we are still covered.
I have to head to Tractor Supply today for some alpaca food and other items. It’s good to have a goal for the day.
Remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of a full grown llama (which is bigger than an alpaca) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day!