I am still here ...although I do have some news to share with you that I am not quite sure on how to say.
If you have been a follower of my blog for a while now, you would know that I started this blog back in August of 2010 at which point I considered my self VERY VERY new to scrapping. I started this blog as a way to enter a competition and things just kind of blew out of proportion since then...
I landed my very first Design Team position in late 2010, and that was at Pretty Paper Petals and for the last 7 months, I went from 1 Design Team position to having about 9 positions simultaneously. For a long time I enjoyed the ride. It was truly amazing....but for a while now I have NOT enjoyed scrapping to deadlines, printing out the 'month's work' and creating in what felt like a factory production line. It kind of went from wanting to scrap each moment of the day to feeling anxious and sick at the thought of touching one more paper.
To add to that, you all know that I started Once Upon A...Sketch in April and that takes a lot of work to run it the way I want to run it. I always say that I NEVER do half hearted things...and maybe I am a perfectionist ..I dont know, but I just don't do things half way. So I put a LOT of effort in everything I do.
So, you all know just how busy my blog is. All you need to do is look at the past month and you will see just how many blog entries I have made. And again, because I committ 100% to all I do, each entry would take me a while to complete...
Added to this, the amount of Guest Designer spots I accepted and obligations here, there and everywhere were really taking up a lot of my time.
I mean ...A LOT of my time. If you dont know this, I work 2 days a week as a primary school teacher, which is no walk in the park let me tell you...and also each Wednesday I manage our family business administration side of things. Plus...I have 2 little children who I love immensely and want to spend more time with.
It has come to a point where my husband would say that all the scrapping and online stuff is like a second job! And yes..it is!
All this has been playing on my mind for a while....what to do ..oh what to do?
Most people wouldn't do what I did. Most people would stick it out and see what happens. But..that's not me and I am not most people.
In order to survive this and keep breathing I had to do the only thing that felt right..and that is quit from ABSOLUTELY each and every one of my Design Team positions! Yep...look on my side bar...NO Design Team positions. All I have left is Once Upon A..Sketch!
Ahhhh....I can breathe again. I can actually breathe! You have no idea what a LIBERATING feeling it is not to HAVE to scrap because you..well..HAVE TO!
I am SOOOO grateful for all the opportunities I have had so far! All the people that trusted me with their product or their challenge blog or whatever it was. THANK YOU to everyone. But I simply could not do it any more. I just... couldn't do it. I had to stop now because I just could NOT bring my self to create anything at all.
Above all THANK YOU to all of you...424 followers later leaves me to conclude that some of you liked my work. But what overwhelms me with gratefulness is the constant comments I have received from all of you. Encouraging me...urging me...treating me with unbelievable words and love.
But my friends..I am taking a break for a while. I do not know for how long..I will not say forever. Just for a while. I hope to be back soon to share with you some really happy and exciting news for a future adventure but until then you will not see me on any Design Teams and I apologise to the wonderful people whose blogs i will not visit and posts I will not leave comments on.
I need this so that I can be back one day soon. I hope you do understand.
My last word of advice? You know all those Design Teams you are dying to be on, just like I was a few months ago? Well I hope you are accepted on them and you go on to be on multiple teams but ...like the saying goes "be careful of what you wish for"...because I guarantee you , you will find your self in the same position I am at right now....overwhelmed!
Wishing you all the very best...see you again soon!
Love always, Nadia.