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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1672: Looking Back/Looking Ahead

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-31-2015 12:32 PM 1259 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1671: Slowly Getting Back to It Part 1672 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 1673: Starting the Year With a Bang! »

I have always like New Year's Eve. Not necessarily for the parties (I am too old and boring for that!) but more so for the chance to 'start over'. It is kind of like Monday. A clean slate. New goals. Fresh beginnings. 



Over the years I have learned to let go of things. The older I get, the more I realize that hanging on to mistakes and things that didn't work out quite like we planned can be somewhat detrimental to us. It seems the time we spend dwelling on those errors in judgment or behavior could be better spent planning out wonderful things for our future. I have decided that I would rather look ahead than back. 



This doesn't mean that we disregard our memories. Hopefully we cherish the good memories and learn from the not so good ones. Experience is something that only comes with time and sometimes brings some pain with it. But that is why it is such an effective teacher, I believe.



As I look back on 2015, I think I had a good year. I think I made some good decisions and I also made some not-so-good ones. The business did well and is growing – even in this fragile economic state that we live in, so that is a huge plus.



Some of the mistakes were more costly than others. Not necessarily in terms of dollars, but emotionally. To me, that is far more important, as when we are draining ourselves emotionally, it effects our entire being. But nothing happened that couldn't be rectified and once again chalked up to 'experience'.  The good thing is that in most cases, I was able to recognize these things and therefore able to rectify the issues that they caused. That is huge.



I've done a lot of thinking over these past couple of weeks and during the holidays. That is always good, I believe. This time 'off' has allowed me to take a step back and really look at things and figure out some of the steps that I want to take with my business and life in general. I think that one of the things that we forget to do most when we get too busy is to take time to unplug and just 'be'. We forget how important that is to our well-being.



If I were to make a vow or a resolution for the year 2016, it would be to try to 'unplug' more often. I think that in the past, I have underestimated the importance of allowing myself this kindness of  just 'being'. Without thinking of what needs to be done or what I should be doing. To sit quietly and contemplate things around me and my life. To enjoy what I have without feeling the need to add more.  To appreciate. 



The more I get into the habit of doing that, the happier I seem to be. The feelings of longing and want are replaced with feelings of satisfaction and contentment. And that (for me) leads to true happiness. Funny how that works, isn't it?



So for this last blog post of 2015, I wish you all the best. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the love, friendship and support you have shown me throughout this past year. It is because of you my friends and customers that I am able to spend each day creating, which is what I believe that I was put on this Earth to do. It is a charmed life really, and one that I am sure is envied. It has been built on hard work, mistakes and most of all support from all of you. For that, I am grateful. 



Both Keith and I wish you all the best in 2016. May you enjoy your triumphs and have the strength and means to face your obsticles. May you seek new challenges and accomplish all you set out to achieve. Most of all, may you find peace and happiness.



 May 2016 be your best year yet. I hope it is mine as well. 





Happy New Year to you All! 






-- 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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#1 posted 12-31-2015 12:50 PM

hear !
hear !

the best to you two too

might as well enjoy the view
as long as we are here

-- 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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#2 posted 12-31-2015 12:57 PM

I agree, David! Happy New Year to you! :)

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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#3 posted 12-31-2015 01:02 PM

Happy New Year to you, Keith and all of your families.
Rick

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 - www.thescrollerandtoler.com

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#4 posted 12-31-2015 01:08 PM

Happy New Year, Rick! I hope you have a great one!

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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#5 posted 12-31-2015 01:54 PM

You’re a gr8 scroller, designer, and full of wisdom. I wish you, Keith, and your families a very Happy New Year. Let us all look forward to 2016

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#6 posted 12-31-2015 02:45 PM

True words of wisdom. We sometimes forget that striving to succeed often makes us forget the important things. We don’t often know why life takes the turns it does but there is usually a reason. Not everyone understands the need for me time but often that can be so refreshing and stimulating that we can achieve more. I don’t get much of that being a full-time care giver for my 96 yr old mother and it does effect my mental state. Christmas day I had a day off and the dog and I went to a state park nearby and walked along the river. It was a beautiful day and I enjoy nature so it allowed me to reset.
Have a beautiful new year.

-- Kepy

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#7 posted 12-31-2015 07:32 PM

Looking forward to seeing you post Part 2000 this year!
Happy New Year to you, Keith, the Kits, and all of the LJ members.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#8 posted 01-01-2016 03:39 AM

Happy New Year Sheila and Keith. May 2016 bring you continued success and a year filled with good health, happiness and peace.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#9 posted 01-01-2016 03:44 AM

Thank you my dear friends! 20 minutes left here in 2015. We just had our BEST DAY EVER on our website by a large margin. I spent the day making sawdust and having a wonderful day.

Life is good!

You all make it even better. I sure do appreciate your friendship and support all these years. I am glad I am here each morning to visit with you!

Happy 2016 to you all! ((GROUP HUG))

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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#10 posted 01-04-2016 09:32 PM

I can not seem to find the #815…the bird houses, on your website. can you send me a link. I want to buy them please Sheila. Thanks Friend

-- Shelly Cole~Know What Mom Knows~ http://www.youtube.com/c/KnowWhatMomKnows

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#11 posted 01-04-2016 09:42 PM

Here they are Shelly!

http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com/product/SLD387

I am sorry I haven’t answered your other post, but I have been buried in sawdust these past few days. Please forgive me. I will answer shortly. :)

Thank you for your comments and friendship!

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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#12 posted 01-04-2016 11:49 PM



Here they are Shelly!

http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com/product/SLD387

I am sorry I haven t answered your other post, but I have been buried in sawdust these past few days. Please forgive me. I will answer shortly. :)

Thank you for your comments and friendship!

Sheila

- Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

Thank you Sheila!! I will now wait to buy them in about a week or so because now Hubby says he wants to look around TOO and see if he can find something for him to work on. But he is super busy right now and will be for a few days to a week or so. But ya….I WANT those bird houses….I am excited to get them and I will for sure be using them for a Video on YouTube. When I post the Video, I will for sure get you a link so you can see how they turned out….I am SO excited about it. The project will be a SPRING project. I figure with the birds that DO chirp….the ones I bought, they will be great with your birdhouses, and then it will Carry SPRING in on a fantastic note. ya, I know we are in winter now, but I aim to work on my projects BEFORE the next holiday, and or season. This way I can take my time with things since I have a paralyzed leg this lets me relax and enjoy every moment on the scroll saw :-)

-- Shelly Cole~Know What Mom Knows~ http://www.youtube.com/c/KnowWhatMomKnows

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