Monday, January 26, 2015

I've Missed You!



It seems that just about the time I felt the blog had run its course and I had nothing else to say, that was the time when all sorts of things happened in life...and I couldn't share them with you!

Doesn't that just figure?

I think my friends and family were getting tired of some of my texts.

You found something awesome at the Target dollar spot? Yawn.

You made a card? Well, big deal!

You invented a new soup? Whatever.

You had an amazing insight after a sermon? Fine.

BUT WHY DO YOU HAVE TO SHARE IT WITH ME?

It was as if I was blogging without the blog. On more of a one-to-one basis. And truthfully, a lot gets lost in translation this way.

Don't get me wrong. That was one of the reasons I stopped blogging...more personal relationship building. That is still an important goal for me. Less technological disconnect, more relational connect. Less impersonal, more personal.

But I am starting to see that there can be a time and place for both to exist, in balance, in my life. I'm not always the best at the balance part, but I am learning. And I am using some new tools to help me with this.

So what did I learn after closing the cafe?

Well, I learned that I missed the writing. Sure, I could put it all in a journal. But what's the fun in that? If I can't share with you the pretty stamps and washi tape I put in the journal with the words, then it loses some of its fun for me. I am, by my own admission, guilty of the overshare.

I also found that my crafting has taken a serious blow. I make an occasional card, but nothing like I did when I shared them with you. I am SO behind on card making that it's not even funny. Babies, birthdays, funerals, get wells, I love yous...I need them all, like, yesterday! I am so belated with so many card occasions that I'm afraid my family is about to disown me  .

The truth is, you inspire me. You inspire me when you leave comments, and you inspire me when you don't. You inspire me to become a better writer, a better crafter, a better person. You inspire me to more introspective thoughts.

And I hope, in some small way, I might still have something left that will inspire you. Because if I'm not serving you, then what's the point of being a creative cafe barrista?

So get ready! I am frothing up the milk, heating up the espresso machine, and ready to brew some lattes!

I've been involved in some exciting things that I can't wait to share! Art journalling, Bible journalling. Planners and home organization. Cards and crafts. And that's just the tip of the iceberg! I have major life changes taking place with my family, along with events that have happened in recent months that have shaped me and helped me grow in some pretty profound ways.

Grab a mug and let's catch up! Tell me...what has happened in your life since I've been gone? Can I pray for you today? How can I serve you at this blog cafe? Let's do some sharing.

Bless you, friend!

14 comments:

  1. Welcome back! I've missed your posts. Share what you've been creating, please!!

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    1. Oh Francie, I have so much to tell you, friend! :) And lots to share, too!

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  2. Glad to see you are back. I always enjoyed your blog.

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  3. So glad that you are back- it helps me keep in touch. You know- sort of like 'Big sister is watching you!' :)

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    1. LOL! And if you stop by, I'll make you a REAL latte, too!

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  4. How funny....I have been so busy I have not visited blogs lately and had some time today and here is your post!

    Great card and I like how you placed the coffee cup and the overflowing hearts. They look good!

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    1. Hi Tami! Great to hear from you again!

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  5. Really glad you're back. I like reading about what you're up to. I especially lvoed the part of this post about the texts to family and friends. I think I would do the same thing if I didn't have my blog. :-) Blessings!

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    1. Thanks, Jennie! I knew a fellow blogger would understand! lol!

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  6. So glad you're back! I used to check in daily, to see if there was a new post. I realized what I loved about your blog was the combo of crafting and the personal extras. Family life, recipes, spiritual insight, etc. I went looking for other card making/personal life blogs, but couldn't find any.

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    1. Aww, thanks Deb! You made me feel so special today!

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