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A change of focus


I’m so pleased to be back on here, sharing what I love with you all! There have been a few frustrations and hiccups already this year and I’ve found myself getting distracted by the things that are going wrong, instead of thinking about what has gone right.

I started writing this blog post last week and for the last ten days I have failed to get the photo of my chosen project uploaded.  It has either stuck after hours of loading or WordPress has kindly told me there is a HTTP error. I’ve scoured support threads for help and realised my knowledge of computing is close to nil and actually shed tears over this! I wanted so much to be a better, more faithful blogger and within a few weeks of the new year already I’ve failed. The same goes for my latest video that will not upload either.

After crying over the absence of these little things I realised that they are not what I’m crying over.  I want to be a better blogger who shares more often and makes more projects.  I also want to upload a video at least once a week and share what I love with you but what I’m really crying over is the pressure I’ve put on myself.  No one is asking me to do those things, I just want to.  So my realisation today is that I can share with you in other ways. I can still make projects and post them onto Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. I can still speak to my lovely customers over the phone and exchange emails with you. I can still support my team and celebrate their amazing accomplishments (and we are only a few weeks in and they’re blowing me away!)

I’ve realised that I need to focus on what I can do and stop getting frustrated by what I can’t. I’m grateful for the amazing support from my customers across the UK, I’m thankful for the emails you send me and the photos you share of what you’ve made.  I adore my hilarious, cheeky, cupcake-loving, warm and generous Stampin’ Up team who I get to share this journey with and I’m thankful for this amazing job! A job that is simply making and sharing and that, just this week, has allowed me to work around my seven year old’s sick bug and my two year old’s potty training.  And I’ll try to remember that although I’m a little frustrated by Cole not napping in the afternoons any more, I can do what I can do!  I’ll do it with joy and gratitude and I’ll make the most of it!

Have you ever felt frustration at things (mostly) outside your control? What did you do? How are you handling it?  I’d really love to hear! In the meantime, we have changed our router back, I did as many tech things on my website as I knew how and about two minutes after I took a deep breath, got some perspective, made my peace with my computer failure and that I probably needed professional tech help, the photo uploaded. 🙂

So here it is! This is my multi-purpose card using the Jar of Love bundle (stamps and dies) from our Annual catalogue.  The tiny greeting is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments (you need this set in your life!) and the design lends itself to lots of different occasions, including sympathy and birthday. Score for an all-round good-un!

I’ll pop the recipe down the bottom for you and I’ll be back soon (I hope!) with some makes from our Sale a Bration freebies and perhaps even a video if it uploads, or photos if not. 🙂

If you haven’t looked at our Spring Summer catalogue you can see it here, and if you want to order, then for every £45 spend you can choose an item from this lovely lot for free!

So here’s to making pretty things and doing what you can!

Rhoda xx

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