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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-13-2010 01:22 PM 3586 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 39: Quiet Weekend Part 40 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 41: The Leaf Candle Tray . . . Almost There »

Did you ever wake up and just know it was going to be a good day? I love when that happens! I feel like that today. (And, no. I don’t think I am “jinxing” myself. I don’t believe in that – although I do believe somewhat in Karma) Yesterday was a great day. There was no particular reason, but things just went according to plan – and then some. I got all my files in order and backed up on the new drive, I filled some orders, I made contact with the two companies that are going to supply my friend for the painting class at the woodworking show and I caught up with some friends that I haven’t talked to in a long while. (In one case, it has been literally years) I even caught up on all my email and made an incredible batch of chili (Yes – I had a craving even though it was 80 degrees!) I guess every day doesn’t have to have a show of new items to mean we have accomplished something.

There is something so refreshing about having things in order and a clean slate to work from. After the past couple of weeks where it seemed that every direction I turned was another deadline, it exhilarating to be able to do these everyday things and not feel guilty or anxiety that I should be in another place doing something else. Sometimes it can be like a juggling act where I am spinning ten plates and trying my best not to let any one of them fall. Although I love to be pushed by deadlines and such, there comes a time when it does get to be a lot and I do become overwhelmed. I guess the trick is to not let everything pile up and stay on top of things when I have to. Pacing is the key to success.

So it will be the next few weeks that will be a self-test and I will see what I am really made of. I guess this is a crossroad that many self-employed people find themselves at quite often in their careers. It’s summer. It’s nice out. There is so much to see and do. It would be very easy to play ‘hooky’ and fool around.

But I worked too long and hard to get to this point. I like being in this comfortable spot. So much so that I don’t want to backslide to where I was several months ago. Now is the time to really kick it into gear and produce. I think that will make the difference in my work and my company. My idea book is far from empty and I actually even dreamed of some new designs. That is like working overtime and not even realizing it.

Owning your own business is just that way. Did you ever notice that the most successful business owners are NOT the ones on the golf course and taking vacations all the time? They are the hard working people who love their jobs and are happy doing it and work first for the satisfaction and then for the financial rewards. The successful people are the far-sighted ones who sometimes even in the bleakest circumstances know somehow in their hearts that there are better days ahead if they just keep on their path. (Gee! That sounds like the “pink cloud” neighborhood to me!)

Today I am drawing. I believe I may get to start cutting, too. I have some great ideas for more candle tray sets and so far they have been selling well on the site so I want to strike that iron while it is hot. I have probably 20 ideas for different ones and you will probably get sick of me showing the different varieties in them, but in my mind, they are pretty cool and I keep thinking of little ways to make them even more cool and somewhat different. Then there is also the (long) list of other projects ready to be born and so on and so on. It can all be overwhelming if I think of everything at once. I write them down so I can concentrate on the task at hand and don’t have to worry about forgetting about them later on. It is good to have a stockpile of ideas. But for today, all I need is one.

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.” – Swami Vivekananda

I love that quote. :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"



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tyskkvinna

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#1 posted 07-13-2010 05:42 PM

The successful people are the far-sighted ones who sometimes even in the bleakest circumstances know somehow in their hearts that there are better days ahead if they just keep on their path.

Oh goodness, I know exactly what you mean here. It’s hard, but worth it if you just keep going. I’ve had some very difficult times recently and people I know have asked how I “can keep doing it”. I tell them “I removed quitting as an option” – they think it’s overly simplistic, but I think you understand how it isn’t at all.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 07-13-2010 06:01 PM

It’s not over simplistic, Lis! I believe that sometimes the most complex problems have the simplest answers. I learned this from a very smart woman whom I only met a few years ago. I think that one of our most effective methods of achieving our goals is to filter out the negative and poisonous influences in our lives. I realize that it is easier said than done many times (I know this from experience) but when we finally make it to the other side, we look back in wonderment at why we let it affect us in the first place.

In my own recent hardships that occurred in my life, people would say to me “I don’t know how you stand it? I couldn’t!” and it got to the point when their comments would almost really aggravate me. After all, what choice did I have? You are right, quitting is not an option.

Did you ever notice how surrounding yourself with positive people makes you feel more positive about yourself? The same is true with negative people. Another saying my friend taught me was “We follow where we focus”. If we want to attract positive and good things in our lives and have good things happen, we need to focus on the positive and surround ourselves supportive people and rid ourselves of the poison in our lives. It really does work!

I guess that is enough philosophy for the afternoon! Back to drawing! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 07-13-2010 06:28 PM

to start a busyness isn´t that hard but to survive the first 7 years
and still want to work 16-18 hours a day for peanuts is hard
the people who start a busyness and think the money is rolling now
and they can work only a 1/3 of what they did before don´t survive very long
as we said here in Denmark , if you don´t like to work and want to do it
20 hours a day 7 days a week for the 1/4 of what your paycheck is now
then don´t do it

and from the little I know you now from your blogs I know you have succes
and will survive many years from now
you just have to learn to relax a little from time to time :—)

best thoughts from Ærø
Dennis

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#4 posted 07-13-2010 09:56 PM

You two ladies have been writing some excellent words!! Thanks Sheila and Lis. Don’t mind if there is more “Philosophy” from the two of you….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 07-13-2010 11:49 PM

Oh man, that is so very true, too! Attitude matters so much. I recently rid myself of a few “toxic” people – the sort that were constantly bringing me down, complaining, lamenting, etc. It immediately made my days better, more productive.

I then found out that the same people were then complaining that I decided to move myself away from them, and that I only concerned myself with .. myself. Just reaffirmed my decision that it is better to keep positive people around you.

That “pink cloud” does kind of exist, if you want it to :)

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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#6 posted 07-14-2010 07:35 AM

Shelia, Maybe I’m just lucky, but I wake up feeling that way most every day. Paul Harvey once reported it is very rare for some one to wake up in a good mood everyday and stay that way all day. I do it not only, day after day but year after year. The only exception being when I was overdosed on Topamax and during my recovery period.

Dennis, When I was starting in the mid 80s, banks told me they didn’t want to know contractors, restaurants or fisherman exist until they have been in business 5 years. I told them I wouldn’t need them in 5 years and I didn’t. I have always financed everything out of my own pocket. Couldn’t see any reason to change after 5 years ;-))

Lis, I found at the 3 year mark I was fed up and talked about giving business up and getting a real job. At about the 4 year mark, I decided I may as well quit talking about it because I wasn’t going to do it anyway ;-)) Even in the bleakest of circumstances, I never doubted my ability to handle the situation. Even when I was OD’d on Topamax and totally disabled, I knew I could rebuild after we fired the doctors. The second time is a lot easier without any doubts in your mind!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 07-14-2010 12:23 PM

I feel very proud and privileged to be within such a supportive group. I found that there are very few people who have never wanted or tried to have their own businesses that really understand what drives us. It is especially difficult when people close to you are the ones being so negative and judge you as to how much money you make at any given moment. There are those who even try to break down your pay to an hourly wage, in which they usually come up with a pittance. It is as if they value you as a person only by your net worth.

Those same people are usually the ones when things are successful that are first in line to pat you on the back and reap the benefits of your work. The entire process of what made you successful in the first place and the months and usually years of work that got you to that point are totally lost on them. And God forbid that the business takes a downward turn! They are right back to chirping in your ear how you should do something else, something more stable. Those are the most dangerous people because they are like chameleons, changing their colors to fit in and remain in the picture and advise us “for our own good”.

That is an example of Toxic people I was referring to. There are many other types I am sure. The more you let them in your life, the more their negativity can wear on your soul. Soon it damages your dreams and ambitions to the point where you start to think that maybe they are right and you should give up, but you know you don’t want to because you will lose part of yourself.

Lis – you hang in there too! It is great to hear from so many others who try to support our dreams and lift our spirit, yet give helpful and practical advice and answers to help us succeed and help us make them come true. I am sure that you receive many personal messages, as I do, as well as the public support here in the messages from people like that who are cheering for you and see how gifted you are and want to see you succeed. This is a wonderful environment for creative people and I think that is why this site is so strong.

Topamax – Call me a fool, but I LIKE waking up and being happy every day! Some days I can classify it as almost ‘giddy’. My kids are safe and happy, I love my job, I have a roof over my head and I have so many wonderful, genuine friends in many countries that I get to share things with and visit with every single day. And I have my health. What more is there? I know many people who have money who are miserable. I wouldn’t change places with them for anything. When I get to the point where I will be in a better financial place, it will be the cherry on the top of the sundae for me. (the sundae is still good without the cherry, though!)

Thanks again everyone for your support and friendship. :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 07-14-2010 03:17 PM

Oh and Dennis – Are you familiar with the band ‘Within Temptation’? They are from Denmark and have an awesome sound. I have been a fan of them for a couple of years, although it is difficult to find their stuff here sometimes. I am fortunate enough to have a concert of theirs on disk called “Black Symphony” in which they perform with the Metropole Orchestra and the Pa’dam Choir. I think it was from 2008. In any case, it is really good. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 07-14-2010 10:43 PM

Sheila I´m sorry that I have to confess that I don´t know them
before my first accident in 1981 I was part time prof. DJ and could name
nealy all music history back into the fourty´s and reconise it when I hear it
all of that was gone by the accident but stil I cuold reconise the music when I hear it
but after the second accident 1992-3 (see can´t even remember it now :—) )
I can only hear I have heard the music before but not who and why and when/witch year
and now I switch more and more over to classic when I want to hear a speciel piece
funny how lifes goes, still lissen to alot of modern in the radio when I drive
but those I can´t reconise when I hear them again , sad becourse I know I have had
alot experience from the music times , but don´t have the memeries of it

sorry that was a side rant , I promise you Sheila I will see what I can find out and
listen to them , then we will see if I like them, but I will see if I can find something for you

take care Sheila

Dennis

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#10 posted 07-14-2010 11:09 PM

Hello – Hello – Hello

HEAR IS THE LASTET NEWS FROM THE MUSIC FRONT OF DENMARK SHEILA :—))

click here
http://www.imusic.dk/page/search

and in the feelt (kunstner) you type Within Temptation
and clic at the bottom ( søg i kataloget )
and under there , there will come 39 different things with them
some of it is cd others are dvd and again others is combined

but I hope it help you
you can buy from the site but I think you can find it a lot cheaper
over there
warning -warning if you deside to buy dvd s from europe beaware of there is
another standard here I can´t remember it but I think the name is pal2 but
I´m not sure
you have to have a program like Power Dvd or similar on your computer
to play them
I use that program when I play american Dvds

good luck with your such Sheila

Dennis

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