Its been pretty quiet here on the old blog lately. Life has a way of doing that sometimes, doesn't it? Over the last several weeks my family's need for me has grown. Frankly, its been growing for some time, but I like to carry on as if I am super woman and can do it all. Truth is, I cannot. Especially with my health. This past summer my health took a nose dive and my rheumatoid arthritis got the better of me. Because I wasn't taking care of myself. Not a good plan. Making better choices for me is a priority in the new year. Our beautiful son is also keeping us busy. Not only does he swim USA Swim all year long, once school started, he added band, choir, and robotics. He also made an honor choir and has been nominated for honor band. He also made Team Iowa for the Midwest All-Stars for swimming. Its a huge honor and speaks to how hard he works at everything he does. (I might know where this comes from... :D) He is truly amazing. With all these opportunities comes the responsibility on us to get him from place to place. I also inevitably end up helping out at each activity, another task that I am grateful to be able to do! He will be ours for such a short time. We will blink and he will be off to college and the beginning of his adult life. Life moves so quickly, I do not want any regret when he does leave the nest. As I was getting busier and busier, the moments of regret were happening often, chipping away at my heart, pounding the guilt into my brain. Twice over the last month the doctors have told us that my Grandma would not survive until the morning. We have said tearful good-byes, but then have been greeted with joyful moments that we did not imagine we would have. I spent one of the most beautiful and gut-wrenching days of my life with her at Christmas. Holding her hand. Knowing that she is failing. Embracing the moments, by being in the moment. Feeling the happiness and the pain. Which brings me once again to look at my life. To realize how fleeting our days are. To acknowledge that this is all temporary. I need to find a balance. To find how I live in each and every moment with my family, but also find a way to use my gifts. My love for paper crafting is real. My passion for teaching others runs deep. But for now, its time to step back and re-evaluate.
Because of all of this, I have left My Favorite Things and the Echo Park/Carta Bella teams. Not an easy decision. It has been one of the tougher choices I have ever made. When you love the people you work for and with, and you love the product, ugh, it hurts. These two companies have been unbelievably supportive, caring, understanding, and more wonderful than I could have hoped. It was an honor to be a part of their teams for two years.
I am going to stay with the We R Memory Keepers team because I do want to stay in the industry. The drive to create is still inside. My time is much less in demand with them, and for that, I am grateful. I look forward to sharing more fun projects from them over the next year.
I am NOT going away. Just slowing down a bit. Taking time to figure it all out.Things will be quieter here off and on. Stop over to my Instagram account to see what's happening. Taking a quick photo with my phone is an easy way for me to share, or over-share sometimes. :D My account is kimberlystamps.
Happy New Year and all the best to you and yours for 2017!!
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