I would like to be able to post an exciting or remarkable post every day. But some days, life isn’t very exciting or remarkable. That doesn’t mean it is bad. In fact, I would lean more toward those being good days. Although we all like to mix it up a bit, I have no problem with days that tend to be on the ‘routine’ side.
People tell me on days like today that it isn’t really necessary to write here every single day. No one expects it and no one would think twice if I missed a day or so. I really do know that. Although I do write every day, it is only because I want to. Not because I feel I have to or because of some record that I want to obtain. I truly am not a numbers type of person and I don’t view the statistics as either victories or defeats. I kind of figure if I write something of substance and one person benefits from it, either directly or even just by entertainment value, than it is good enough for me.
There were many reasons that I began this writing venture. I was at a point where I was rebuilding my business and getting it organized and I had been asked some questions that made me realize that others may be interested in how things worked for a free-lance designer. it also does me good to document my daily accomplishments. Then when those times come up when I ask myself “where did the month of March go?” I would be able to look back and see.
As an additional benefit of the blog, I found that the old saying “if you don’t set goals, it is impossible to achieve them” to have a lot of merit. Writing a daily blog is a good way of informally setting goals and mapping out what I planned to do with my business. Although I realize I am not under obligation to follow through with what I say I will do, because of the type of person that I am having stated things kind of makes me work a little harder. And that is a good thing.
And of course, there are the friendships that I have gained from writing here. I have met so many people who I consider true friends and have been a great support for me and helped me along the way. Whether it is with advice, suggestions or just to be there on my low days to cheer me on, you have all contributed in so many ways to make my life better. I have mentioned several times that writing this post each morning was like sitting down and having a cup of coffee with all of you. I thoroughly appreciate the fine discussions that have come from my writings here and it will always amaze me that friendships can be forged all over the world this way. It is one of the best by-products of the times we live in.
Who would have thought?
So for today, I am afraid that I am short-changing you a bit. I cut more skaters yesterday and the pile is growing quickly. I will be done in the next day or so and it is fun to see the little army of skaters growing. I listened to some old Rod Stewart yesterday while cutting. It strikes me as kind of odd because I remember when I was in high school I despised his music, and as I got older I liked it better. This album was his “MTV Unplugged” album which came out in about 1994 or thereabouts. While listening it reminded me of when my daughter was a toddler and Cari and I spent the summer days on picnics, at the park and taking the kids to the pool where we brought our paints and painted in the sweltering heat. It’s funny how music can bring you back to things, isn’t it? I spent the time cutting reliving those days in my mind, and it was quite pleasant.
Besides the skaters, there was a multitude of miscellaneous things I needed to do and before I knew it, the day was done. We went to a small hobby shop to get some CA glue activator for Keith for his pens, and spent a while chatting with the owner who was a friend of Keith’s family for years. It seems he is selling the hobby part of his business (he also sells lawn mowers and chain saws and other equipment and is hanging on to that part of the business.) He said that in the three years since he moved to that location, the hobby business had TRIPLED in sales. (TRIPLED.) He said his other business was growing too, as many small machine places are dropping out and his customer base is growing. He is looking to retire soon, as he is 65 years old and wants to slow down. I was again happy to hear that someone is that successful in our area. The shop is located right on the coast but a bit off the main road and it is kind of a little place next to their home. You wouldn’t think it would be so lucrative but apparently it is.
It brings some hope anyway.
So that is it for today. I will be cutting more skaters and doing more painting, as I didn’t even paint at all yesterday. It is cloudy and a gentle rain is falling this morning, so it is a good day to stay inside and focus.
I was almost going to apologize for a crummy blog post today, but if you have read this far, it most have held your interest and it couldn’t have been too bad. Besides, it is always nice just to stop in and say ‘hi.’
I wish you all a wonderful day.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"