In late fall of 2007, I began a blog (on Typepad back in those early days). I opened the doors to Mary Rose's Cafe for the purpose of helping my good friend, Beth, get her fledgling business enterprise off the ground.
Do any of you remember the Saltbox Studio? It was a line designed by Beth and carried by Amuse Art Stamps. Beth and I poured our heart and soul into that line, but sadly, it just didn't take off as we'd hoped. Consequently, this blog never took off, either.
So many crazy things took place in those early years! I was a Stampin' Up demonstrator, and then I wasn't. I lived in the suburbs of St. Louis, and then moved to the suburbs of Indianapolis. I went from worshipping at a megachurch to worshipping at the Church of the Holy Cornfield. I went from being a mother of a preschooler and school aged children, to now being the mother of one school aged child and two college students. I've had good jobs, I've had bad jobs, and I've had no job.
The blog has changed during these seasons of my life. At times, it's been about business. At other times, it's been personal. I've shared my cards and other creations, and I've shared my life. There have been successes, and there have been struggles.
Last year at this time, I was burned out. Burned out with paper crafting, burned out with blogging, just burned out in general. I nearly gave it all up. But instead, I sold off most of my stash and started anew. New stamps, new companies, new products, a new vision.
One year later, and here I am again. Burned out with paper crafting, burned out with blogging, just burned out in general. I won't lie to you. It's been a tough summer for me. I've been sick since Memorial Day, and let me tell you this. I'm sick of being sick. Life has been pretty draining.
So that's where I'm at, folks. I'm drinking an espresso, trying to get some energy into this tired body, and writing for anyone who will read my ramblings.
Bless you for reading this far! If you care to read more, then stop back tomorrow for the rest of the story.