As I sit here and gaze out the window at the traffic passing along our small town Main Street, I can’t help but feel grateful for all of the choices, good and bad, that have led me to be sitting here writing this blog. It’s a fall afternoon and the remnants of hurricane Michael are passing through town. The wind is blowing rather strong and the cornstalks, tied to the light posts, whip around from the wind gusts. It’s 2 weeks before my first craft festival and the launch of my new website is getting closer. This year has been filled with many leaps of faith that have led me down this path to funnel my creativity through my business, Designs by Gracie Godfrey.
Enlarge my borders
Last year around this time, I had a vision that I wanted to start this business and see where it takes me. I was working in the medical field and still fairly new to the area. Then, I had the opportunity to change jobs back into retail (I previously owned a gift store) and have more time to pursue my creativity. As much as I love helping sick people and working with some fabulous physicians along the way, there is just something about interacting with people, especially when you are sharing a creation that you worked hard on. I love to see the reactions to my work. Making people smile and bringing a little happiness to their world makes me happy.
Trying to decide on the first topic for my blog, I felt gratitude was an obvious topic. I have a little prayer we say each evening before dinner that touches on expanding our territories. As I look back over the years, asking to be blessed, thanking for the blessings, and asking to expand our territories and help us live up to our fullest potential, I realize this faith has cultivated the decisions that were made to get us to this point. With each one, even if it was unexpected or difficult, I am grateful.
Leap of faith
This has been a growing year for me. I have started my business, turned part of our basement into my craft room to create for my business, signed up for my first festival, started my business on Facebook.
I have never been on Facebook (I know, right?) and have recently launched my website. Sometimes I stop and ask myself, “what were you thinking?” And other times, I’m so excited to see where this goes. I’m just holding on while my territory gets expanded. Sometimes fear and excitement go hand in hand.
I’m one of those people that holds themselves to a high bar. I want everything just so. All of the changes from this past 1 ½ years has made me learn to accept when something doesn’t go as planned or is not perfect. And I’m grateful that I have finally learned everything doesn’t have to be perfect. Just do your best at whatever you do, and it will all work out right. It may not be the way you planned but that’s what happens in life. Keep the faith and keep growing.
The art of creating happy
I look down to scroll through my phone and read the headlines about what is going on in the world. There seems to be so much anger brewing amongst the country. I love this country, I love the freedoms it allows us to make with our choices. And I wish we could all take a moment to realize whatever someone’s belief is, its ok. They live in this country too and they deserve the same liberties. I feel we are in a time where some people think it’s ok to push their beliefs on everyone else. People are angry, confrontational, and disrespectful. I was raised to always be respectful of others and their beliefs. Just because someone believes differently than me, does not make them wrong or me right. Why can’t we all just get along, right? Who are we to judge?
So now, more than ever, I feel it is important that we each have our happy spot, the place that make us feel protected and nurtures us to become a better version of ourselves . I call it the art of creating happy. People have asked for my advice on topics, so I will be sharing my creations, house decorating, holiday décor, any tips I have found along the way. And lots of photos of my dog, family and our life living in the Great Smokey Mountains! We will cover decorating, cooking, creating a floral or wreath, beauty tips and anything else that we can think of together. With each post, I hope you will feel closer to me and my world and we can encourage each other to become our best selves.
Take it Easy
On Labor Day weekend, my daughter and son in law came to visit us. We rented Polaris slingshots and rode all around the mountains and parkway. It was a beautiful day, sun shining with a slight breeze. I looked over to see my husband so happy, the wind blowing through our hair. The scenery was breathtaking and driving the Slingshot was exhilarating. My husband was the passenger and I was thrilled to be driving. The Eagles came on my iPod singing “Take it easy”.
I was singing along, soaking it all in when they sang the verse “we may lose and we may win, though we will never be here again”…that’s when I choked up. Sounds silly, but it was one of those moments that you know you will always remember. Tears started rolling down my cheeks. That feeling where you are so thankful and grateful to experience that moment and it brings tears to your eyes. Living where we do, in what I call God’s country, those feelings come over me quite often. To each of you reading this, I hope you have the opportunity for that same feeling of gratitude to take over and leave you feeling humble to be a part of it, whatever the experience is that triggers it.
So back to looking out the window. Fall is definitely here – my favorite season. It’s like the quote from the movie You’ve Got Mail, “makes me want to buy school supplies and sharpen pencils”. Think I will watch that movie this weekend. We had our firewood delivered yesterday and we are anxiously awaiting the change in temps coming this weekend. I am so grateful for my family and friends, I hope they realize how very much they mean to me. I’m grateful for the beauty of where we live and the opportunity to be a part of it.
One last quote before I go:
“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong, the amount of work is the same.” (Carlos Casteneda)
Make the very best of your week, enjoy a game of college football, (Go VOLS), build yourself a fire, find your happy spot and take a minute to be grateful. Until next time…