12
Jan

Normal. Whatever that is.


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I don’t know about you, but it really seems like Christmas was two months ago. How can it be that just over two weeks ago, we were celebrating and reveling in all the Christmas joy and music?

So now is the somberness of January. I like it, though, although I will admit to a few days of being down in the dumps. This really was the best Christmas we’ve had in years, and naturally I was sad to see that go. January has swept in with yo-yoing temperatures here, and a slow creep back into our normal routines. School started last week for Jude again, and thankfully we are sickness-free as of now. BSF started up again today, and it felt so good to be back in the swing of things surrounded by such an inspiring group of women. Each one of them is special to me.

We’ve also started attending a different church, and have been inspired by the great things we have been learning there. Again, not an easy transition to settle into a new group of people, but this is when I am particularly grateful for marriage. It’s so much easier to enter into social situations when you have a built-in buddy.

And, in the vein of New Year’s resolutions, I decided it was time to start running again. I really miss it. That, in and of itself, is a monumental statement. I can’t believe I even typed that. If you’d told me a year ago that I was going to like running?  Ha. I would have laughed in your face. I downloaded the Couch to 10K program(!). The problem I have about this particular program is the length of time it takes – starting at 45 minutes. So long, easy little 20 minute exercise routines. Admittedly it has proven to be harder to carve out longer lengths of time, but I really am enjoying being outside in the non-humid weather. I even like bundling up in all my running gear.

But I think I need one of these little caps to keep the cold out and the sun out of my eyes.

Creatively, I’m drained. I think Christmas sucked it out of me. I had all these great intentions of sending out our Christmas/New Year’s card. It didn’t happen. Oh well. There’s always next year. But I am really needing to recharge my creative batteries and be freshly inspired. I’m trying to decide where it is I want to be, what it is I want to do. I know I love design. I love blogging. I love style. Where will this take me? What is it that I’m supposed to do? What, of it all, has lasting value? One of my goals was to attend a design blogging conference that’s happening this January, and I didn’t get to make that happen. I’m disappointed somewhat, but it means I still have a good goal to work towards.

Somewhere, on somebody’s blog, I read this quote:

what’s the best possible script I could write for myself in 2011?

I think that’s where I find myself. Deciding what it is that I want my script to be. What is it that I envision?

Oh well – lots of rambling. Like I said a couple of weeks ago, keep your eyes peeled for my Etsy shop that I’m looking to launch here by the end of the month. I’m really excited. I get so many inquiries all the time on various invitations, such as the Peter Pan or Thomas the Train projects, and this way it will be easier for people to assess pricing, order easily, and check out some of the other things I have up my sleeve.

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  • http://myowncraftywonderland.blogspot.com Valerie F.

    Just thought I would de-lurk and leave a comment to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I am a fellow Okie — over in T-Town. :)

    • Rachel

      Thank you! I really appreciate it. Thanks for delurking, too — comments make my day!

  • http://www.whoorl.com whoorl

    I totally need that cap for morning boot camp classes. (And I just got $30 in Gap rewards! Hooray!!)

  • Tiffany

    Rachel-
    You can get your “creative mojo” back by helping me with Baileys senior page!!!
    How does that grab ya? It’s due by the 30th! Yikes. Let’s talk when I get home.
    Thanks girl!
    Tiffany

  • Jill Price

    I love that hat! I really enjoy reading what you write!

  • marghini

    I just found out this blog and I totally fell in love with it! I absolutely adore the way you describe the everyday life making it look bright happy and colorful!

    Even though I don’t know you, I (literally) live on the other side of the world and our lives are definitely different, I feel like you are a great inspiration for me!

    Thank you for bringing a bit of color and hope in my days.

    Cheers from Beijing,

    Margherita

  • marghini

    I just found out this blog and I totally fell in love with it! I absolutely adore the way you describe the everyday life making it look bright happy and colorful!

    Even though I don’t know you, I (literally) live on the other side of the world and our lives are definitely different, I feel like you are a great inspiration for me!

    Thank you for bringing a bit of color and hope in my days.

    Cheers from Beijing,

    Margherita