My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #211: Looking Back

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-31-2010 02:56 PM 4261 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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And here we are at the end of another year. I find this to be a time of reflection for most people. A time to both look back and look ahead. It is a time of evaluation, when people set new goals and look to the future with hope. There is something about a fresh start that seems to empower people.

Here on the pink cloud of optimism we are no different. We look at the new year as a time to start fresh, with a clean ledger and use all the experience and knowledge we have gained so far in our lives to make this year the best year ever. It is a fun and comfortable place to be. After all, what has really changed but the numbers on the calendar. Is tomorrow really going to be different from today?

Perhaps the only thing that really changes this time of year is our attitude. Many of us are still ‘warm and fuzzy’ from the holiday season and cheer that has been around us these past few weeks and it has bled over into our way of thinking. Some people live with this attitude all the time. Others only seem to get caught up in it at certain times of the year. I found that people are more cheerful during holiday times in general. What was usually an attitude of distracted indifference from others at the post office or in line at the market or in our daily routines has been for the past several weeks replaced with a cheerful “Merry Christmas” or the politically correct “Happy Holidays”. It isn’t as if these same people weren’t nice before, but it just seems to me that it gives others an excuse to be a little bit extra nice and friendly. And I think it does have an effect on others. At least it does for me.

It reinforces my way of thinking that “we follow where we focus.” If we choose to focus on all the negative things that are happening around us (and they are always lurking) it can’t help but bring us down and deflate us. However, if we choose to look at the brighter side of things and focus on all the positive and good things in our lives, the chances are that we will go through the day with a much better attitude and feeling better about ourselves and our lives in general. It isn’t to say that we should ignore the hardships and negative things that happen in our lives, but I truly believe that they are much easier to deal with if we also look at the good things that have been bestowed upon us and focus most of our attention on them. That alone will do wonders in helping us deal with the negative things that are happening around us.

Sometimes it is easier said than done. But with some practice and conscious effort, it becomes a habit – and I believe a good habit – and not only assists us in dealing with the everyday troubles of the world, but also bleeds over to the others around us.

So with that said, I am very much looking forward to the new year of 2011. Looking back, I think that 2010 was incredible for me. Sure, I had some hardships, as many of you have read about in these blogs, but overall I have made great strides in both my business and my personal happiness. There is still work to be done in both areas, but when comparing my life to where it was 365 days ago I see a good improvement. That in itself is a gift, I feel. I look around me and see many people struggling and I know that I am very fortunate that things are on the upswing. I know in my heart though that it didn’t ‘just happen’. It took a conscious effort and dedication to making things better – even if I didn’t feel like it all the time – and a commitment to myself. As with most things of this nature, you have a better chance of achieving your goals if you stick with them, even through the tough times. I don’t really believe that there is such a thing as “luck”. At least I don’t count on it. Although I am sure that somewhere and some time someone has fallen into good fortune, I certainly realize that it is the exception and not the rule.

I look back on the year 2010 and I am very happy to have met you all here. Your beautiful projects have inspired me. Your friendships have encouraged me. And your kindness and compassion has consoled me on my days when it was difficult to see all the positive things around me. You have made an incredible impact and difference in my life. That, my friends, is what friendship is all about.

I sincerely wish you all the best for the upcoming new year. I hope for all of you it is filled with health, creativity and above all happiness. Thank you for your continued support and friendship.

Happy New Year!

The final sunrise of the year – pink clouds! :)

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

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#1 posted 12-31-2010 03:47 PM

Thank you Sheila for all you have done for the scroll sawing world this year It has been a pleasure working with you and I hope for more and better things in 2011. May God continue to bless you and all you do in the future. I am really thankful for you friendship. Happy New Year, tom

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#2 posted 12-31-2010 04:47 PM

Happy new year, Sheila

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 12-31-2010 05:53 PM

The cloud picture made me smile. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#4 posted 12-31-2010 06:28 PM

Happy New year to you and all LJs every where!!

-- 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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#5 posted 12-31-2010 06:28 PM

I agree, look back and then move forward. This guy looked a little further back and saw the future. ”It’s vuja de all over again” Yogi Berra

Nothing wrong with seeing what was and what now is. Doing nothing about what has been is like failing to prepare for the future. In my life I’ve seen a lot of change. I am greatful for many things and one of them is the ability to think for my self. “Why?” is a really great question to have in one’s vocabulary…

Happy New Year to all!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#6 posted 01-01-2011 02:37 AM

Thanks to all of you! I wish you all the best that the new year will bring. I am so looking forward to see what is in store for 2011. Have a safe and happy holiday!


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

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#7 posted 01-01-2011 02:53 AM

see you in the future sheila

like tomorrow morning lol

have a great year !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 01-01-2011 02:55 AM

Thanks, David! I’ll be there ! :)

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

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#9 posted 01-01-2011 08:55 AM

Hi Sheila.

May the best you knew in the past year be no better than the worst you know in the new one.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#10 posted 01-01-2011 09:21 AM

Happy new year, Sheila

-- Dale, Oregon

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