This week I simply want to share one thing with you. It is the immense amount of gratitude I have for everyone who has been a part of my journey. Although this community may be small, it has given me so much joy to create and share each and every day, with you, for the last year. You have given me more support than I could have possibly hoped for and continue to show me what this small blog and business of mine can become.
Six months ago, I contemplated giving up the blog. I thought about closing the doors down on my Etsy.
But I didn’t. That was due in large part to the support so many of you gave. It would have been easier to walk away. I could’ve thrown my hands up and said it was impossible. Only you didn’t let me. Through your continued support, your words of encouragement and your willingness to give me feedback, I didn’t give up. Even on those days where it truly did feel impossible. Now, as this year comes to a close I’m doing better than I ever expected.
Back in November, I wrote a blog post on gratitude and how practicing it can lead to a life of happiness. In the post, I shared this quote from Dr. Robert Emmons’ and it has become my favorite quote on gratitude: “True gratitude involves a humble dependence on others: We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.” In this last year, I’ve learned more about how true that statement is than ever before.
The goodness in my life comes from so many people.
Yes, I did create the art and products. Yes, I am proud of myself. Yes, I do know that my success is also only possible if I am willing to do the work.
But. Without the many gifts given to me, by friends, family and this community, it would have been an even harder journey to this point. The goodness is my life was achieved with the assistance of many wonderful people.
In honor of the gifts given to me, I plan on never giving up. To give up now would be more than a disservice to myself.
Instead, I will continue to put in the work and create. I will work not only for myself, but for those who’ve helped me get where I am today. 2017 was a roller-coaster year (yeah, realizing I’ve said that a lot in past months) needless to say. Still, I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for me, roller-coasters included. And trust me, you’ll continue to hear how unbelievably thankful I am for you sticking around for all the ups and downs as well.
Last week, I teased some of the things coming in 2018 such as an online writing group. The group is currently entering its “soft launch” phase with the official launch happening on January 1st. If you would like more details on this project be sure to sign up for my mailing list (link on signup page), and keep a close eye on my social media pages (specifically Facebook) over the next few weeks for opportunities to join before the official launch.
Also coming in 2018, expect to see and hear a lot more from me! Think podcast. Which is another good reason to be following me on social media and signing up for the mailing list. And of course, tons of new pieces of original art, new handmade products in the Etsy store and the weekly blog posts you’re used to. I will be continuing to share my journey here, on this site, with you throughout 2018.
With all that going on, you won’t be seeing me here on the blog again until 2018 (I know, I know, I’m sad too) because I’ll be taking time off to enjoy the holidays and plan ahead for all these new adventures. The next blog post will be on January 3rd, filled with details about the writing group. You will still find me being mildly active on Instagram and Facebook, so be sure to follow me if you’d like to stay caught up over the next few weeks (as well as hear about a big Etsy sale happening on December 28th!). And please, sign up for the mailing list to be kept in the loop!
Thank you, as always, for your love and support. Your encouragement and your time. The Internet is a vast place, filled with so many places you could spend your time and I’m honored to know that you’ve invested some of it with me. I’ll be wishing you all a very happy holiday season and can’t wait to see you at the start of the New Year!