This year has truly been a whirlwind for me. To be honest, it was probably one of the hardest years of my life. I don’t open up too often on this blog, I guess because I feel so exposed. But would you blame me? As bloggers, we open up our homes, our creations, and our lives for the entire world to witness. It’s scary sometimes. Not everyone likes what we do, and they certainly aren’t afraid to tell us about it either.
The scary 5th decade of my life began in January, and I yearned to find the identity of this 40 year old mom of 4 kids again. I needed to CREATE, to be artistic again, in some fashion. After much coaxing and encouragement by my sisters, Home Stories A to Z and Little Page Turners, I launched Sand & Sisal on December 10, 2010 and went full throttle with it for a few months.
I loved being creative! It’s who I am. I felt REAL for the first time in eons. But, blogging is not understood by a lot of people, as I soon found out. My choice to spend time with “y’all” and the laptop, became a huge point of tension in my personal life. Some things, ok, a lot of things, had to be worked out. Sparing the overly personal details, that “working out” basically meant the blog was put on the back burner most of the spring and summer.
During that time away I became a REALTOR. I’m proud of that accomplishment. I’ve always had a passion for homes! I had been a stay at home mom for 15 years. Switching back over to working full time and being a mom with 4 kids, was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done! Kudos to all you working mamas out there! Balancing work and home is something I haven’t quite mastered yet, but if you have any tips, let me know! It was a difficult and trying episode in my life, but by some miracle, things were worked out, and I was able to start creating and blogging again this past fall, this time with FULL support from all members of the family.
I hope to continue creating and growing this blog throughout 2012. I need to tell you, my wonderful readers, how much I APPRECIATE YOU!!! You lift me up every day, with your kind words and encouragement. Only about 10% of all readers leave comments, and not all of them are always sweet, but know that I appreciate anyone who even takes the time to click over and view Sand & Sisal. Thank you for following on Twitter and Facebook and subscribing. You All Are The Best and I hope that I can deliver valuable tutorials to you in the future that you enjoy! I look forward to what 2012 brings!
Wishing You & Your Family All the Best In the New Year!