Creating the Balance

I feel like we all go through struggles in life and we all deal or not deal with things in our own ways. Well just before Christmas I hit a big blip with my struggles, (i’m not going to bore you with too much details) then it just seemed to be one thing after another, lots of tears and very low days, the ones where you can’t even get the motivation to get out of bed, (Had lots of those).

I really struggled to find my creative juices and at times I was sitting at my craft desk recording at 3am and falling asleep while editing videos, just to make sure projects were on my site or Youtube channel for 7am the following morning. This was after spending the day at my desk beating myself up for not been able to make any projects work. All this on top of all the other everyday life tasks. So as you can imagine It was struggle.

Your probably thinking why am I telling you this? I’m thinking the same thing, Lol. I guess its because I have been doing alot of self reflection. because i’ve reached that something has to change point. You’d be amazed how guilty I feel when I haven’t done projects, kept up with blog posts, done my newsletter or posted on social media. But during my reflection I have realized that I am putting way to much unnecessary pressure on myself. I think because interacting with fellow crafters around the world has really helped to keep me sane, picking me up when I was down from simple things like a nice comment at the right time or sending pics of projects I have inspired. (Love those by the way) I always feel the need to give the same back and my way was trying to please everyone by doing something creative and different, I felt that’s what everyone expects me to deliver and got caught up in that instead of just having fun. The craziness that goes through a crafters mind that you don’t even realize yourselve, but I guess it also helps us make pretty projects like this:

This week I have decided to take a chill week. So i’m afriad no crafting projects this week, i’ll still be doing things like getting the new catalogues ready to be shipped to my wonderful customers and setting up things to help build my great little team, as well as a few other ideas i’ve been sitting on for a while. Also spending some time with my daughter away from Ipads and phones. All in the aim to refill my creative juices and more importantly help create a much needed balance so its all fun again.

My first step was to sort out my craft room. You might have seen pictures of it that I put up over the weekend, it had just got out of control. I was having to do acrobatics just to get to my chair and then move hundreds of things to make a small bit of space, things were falling down, it was just a nightmare to be in. (Word of warning, The pictures are not for the faint hearted). They say your craft room is a reflection of your mind and this felt very true. Spending 2 days clearing and sorting as much as I could made so much difference, I actually feel lighter although I feel like I just spent a week at the gym and ache from my finger tips to my toes, it was all worth it.

This is before:

This is it now:

See the difference, I know my inspiration shelf needs updating but do you like my rainbow of cardstock??? My goal is to sort as much out as I can and then plan my craft room to be the way I want it without all the miss match furniture, clutter and decorated the way I want it too. That’s going to take months but i’m stepping in the right direction.

I really wanted to share this story with you because it explains my absence but also having spoken to other crafters I think we all go through similar struggles and I think we all need to understand its ok to take a break now and then. It’s really important to know that and to remind ourselves the world will keep moving and we can pick up where we left off. It’s also good to share with others so your not suffering alone, you will always find some that can relate or are going through similar struggles. My team mates are always quick help out with advice and support so they are truly more like family. I’m so grateful for all the support and friendships i’ve gained since joining Stampin’ Up! and I’m excited to see where my journey and the journey of others will go. On wards and up wards!!

9 Comments

  1. Birgit Kjær

    9th May 2017 - 4:02 pm

    where did buy the shelfs to the cardstock??
    From Birgit in Denmark

    • Angel

      15th May 2017 - 11:08 am

      I got them from ebay, but i thing there by a company called dynamic displays.

  2. Linda

    9th May 2017 - 7:17 pm

    I appreciate your post. It’s important just to “recharge your batteries” once in a while! 💕

    • Angel

      15th May 2017 - 11:09 am

      Thanks Linda. Yep it really is, you forget that until your running on empty. lol

  3. Susan Loughrey

    10th May 2017 - 1:30 am

    Enjoy your week of rest and time with your daughter. think we all go through that even if we aren’t crafters. Looking forward to seeing your project when you get back!!

    • Angel

      15th May 2017 - 11:10 am

      Thanks Susan.

  4. Mary Anne Schnettgoecke

    13th May 2017 - 4:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing!!! I think keeping balance in your life is important to remember. I really needed to hear this myself. Please remember you are sooooo talented and you inspire so much creativity!! Happy Stamping!

    • Angel

      15th May 2017 - 11:11 am

      Thank you so much Mary Anne, I hope you find your balance too!!

  5. Susan Pinkerton

    18th May 2017 - 2:23 pm

    We all have to take time for ourselves every once in a while. If we don’t we get lost in the day to day things. Its ok to take down time and be by yourself or with the ones who matter the most (family). We are all human.

    Keeping you in my prayers.

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