I am really looking forward to the new year. It isn’t that 2010 was bad or anything. I feel like it was a great year for me and I accomplished a lot. I also set the ground work for my business and I am looking forward to seeing how all the new plans will play out. There are so many new directions and opportunities that are awaiting for me that I sometimes begin to feel a bit overwhelmed. I need to remind myself to stay grounded and focused and organized and that not let it get the best of me. Deal with one thing at a time. Take a breath once in a while. Enjoy the process.
I had a really fun day yesterday. My partner and I had worked all day Thursday getting the site ready for the update. I still have to send out the notices to the mailing list recipients, but for the most part the new stuff is ready to be put up there and I will have it done by the end of the day today. So yesterday we decided to take the day off and took a trip to Yarmouth to spend all the gift cards we received. We actually didn’t wind up buying much, but it was fun to look through and look for the remains of what was on sale. Although I am really not a big fan of shopping, it was a fun day and was a great and needed change of pace with no pressure of having to find anything.
I actually made it to midnight last night, which was something that I hadn’t done in several years. I spent the later part of the evening reading. I had also purchased a two video set about cats for $5 that my cat Pancakes took great interest in. I put it on my computer to watch and he sat in front of the screen watching when cats were on the screen (which was a lot!) If they showed the narrator too much, he quickly got bored and looked away or put his head on his paws as if he were going to take a nap. But as soon as a cat reappeared he perked right up and was again quite interested. It was comical to see and I don’t know what entertained me more – the content of the video or the reaction of Pancakes.
Today I feel refreshed and ready to tackle the world. I want to finish up the site stuff and get the notices out and make sure all of the new patterns are ready to go. I also went to the office supply store and got some organizational stuff so I can work on getting stuff buttoned up for 2010 and set up new files and such for 2011. It is a great feeling to feel so on top of things, as the past couple years that wasn’t really the case.
I am also really going to be focusing on the trip to New York and all that entails. I have told myself that I would work on organizing what I need to do for it “after the holidays” and baby, this is IT! I am fully ready start planning all the preparations for the classes and the demos and I am thoroughly excited about all the prospects that it will bring. I think it will be a wonderful experience and a great milestone in my business. The next three months will pass quickly, I expect and the only way I will be able to go into things without being terrified is to be as prepared as I possibly can. I look at it as a wonderful adventure and it will be so much fun to see my old friends and meet new ones. There is a new woodworking center in the area where my friend Jean lives and I am sure I will be able to get a full tour of it and I promise to report back on it. From what I have seen and heard of it so far, it is an extraordinary facility.
Not only will the trip be a great way to get back into teaching, but I will also learn so much with being a judge for the woodworking entries and also through the exposure that I will have to all the different aspects of woodworking that will be highlighted. One of my goals is to learn at least the basics of wood turning. With so many qualified people there I hope to be given the guidance to get me started on a branch of woodworking that is entirely new to me. My friend Jean is a wonderful wood turner and she and her husband Bill teach turning so I am hoping that by hanging out with them for a bit that they can show me the ropes and get me on the right track. Jean has some ideas about combining scroll sawing with turning and wants to work on some patterns with me which will include both. That alone could open up many new opportunities.
So you see there is so much to be excited about. I feel as if I am in a great place in my life and look forward to each and every day. Later on today, I am going to visit some friends and bring in the new year Nova Scotia style – with a lobster dinner. It will be the final celebration of the holiday season for me and bring to a close one of the best holidays ever. I am truly fortunate to have the wonderful friends and family that are around me and I am also grateful that I have a job that I love so much. It is worth every second of work and effort and the rewards come from so many different sources that I wouldn’t ever want to do anything else. I hope I never have to.
Tomorrow is what we make it. Although we can’t control all that happens in our lives, we can influence a great majority of it by a positive and productive attitude. I look at the new year as a new beginning and a fresh start to build on what I have already accomplished. I am sure that I will encounter some obstacles along the way to my goals, but with the help of good planning and good friends, I should be able to overcome them and continue to see my business grow and achieve success.
I think 2011 is going to be a great year! ;)
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"