My Words for 2013
Peace and Contentment
These words were not the first I chose. My first was Courage, but I was afraid to choose it.
You see, for most of my adult life I have had to seek and practice courage. And it has worked for me, yes it has, a lot. But it is so darn hard!
Courage helped me grow from a somewhat quiet and shy girl, into a strong and independent woman. It helped me leave a 17 year marriage to a man I loved and the father of my 2 children because of his serious and worsening mental illness. Courage saw me through raising these 2 teenagers alone and beginning my entrepreneurial dream of owning my own quilt shop.
Four years later , Courage held me up when making the decision to leave my family behind in Maine and with a new husband move across the country to Arizona to make a new life and open a new store.
Starting a business from scratch takes so much energy and courage, putting one foot in front of the other and making decisions along the way that you never had to make before in your life.
I taught myself to teach classes, never having taken a class in quilting myself! I hired staff, stocked the store, implemented procedures, built and installed fixtures, wrote ad campaigns, spoke to large groups of quilters in many communities for feedback, used a microphone! to speak to them, sometimes over 200 women at a time! Courage lead me to take on a Bernina sewing machine dealership and become one of the top 5 dealers in my district and win awards. I learned to create patterns and fabric lines that sold to shops around the world. I grew that shop into a large and wonderful place that still exists with a new owner 10 years later.
Courage helped me to sell the shop, leave that husband and a lot of personal unhappiness so I could return to my home state of Maine and my family, heal and begin again.
That was almost 3 years ago.
That's when I decided what I really wanted was Peace and Contentment.
And I found it.
I found it where I began, with the people that I love, with my wonderful husband who supports me and loves me and lets me be who I am. I found it on the lake that we live on in the summers, and on our trips in the motor home in the winters, and in the home that I bought on the street where I grew up.
I found it in my creativity, my art, my painting and my drawing, my designing. Peace and Contentment requires Courage. But instead of the drive and striving of courage, there is an ease.
I told my husband when I met him that all I wanted was Peace and Contentment. And like I just described, I have found it. But...
I am not finished. There is more. I have so many goals still. I am "retired" in the way that I don't have to go to work everyday anymore. But there are new horizons and things to do, fabrics to design, patterns to create, paintings to paint, words to write!
Now that I have Courage under my belt I can relax in Peace and Contentment and confidently move forward.
For this next year, I will create and absorb these words into my life. I am so excited and grateful !
Life is what you create.
Thank you for taking the time to read these words about my life and my dreams.
Happy New Year and much love to you.
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