Tuesday, October 23, 2012
"When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!" I've lived by that motto for years, and while not totally abandoning it, I'm tired of the Lemon bombardment, and the self pity that has ensued, and I'm turning a page. The last 3+ years since the layoff from my job have not been easy. We started a business for my husband that is doing well, but still in its infancy. Financially, I'm in worse shape today than I was when I graduated university - or so it seems. Hard to focus on quilting or anything else when you have bill collectors calling every other day. I'm sick of lemonade. But let's lay off the lemonade and see what we really have. We got through my thyroid issue with positive results. I came to the realization that I have now fulfilled a 20+ year goal. I tell people to choose a career where they can "hang their own shingle" and being a consulting engineer would have fulfilled that. I suddenly find myself as a consultant, albeit not of the engineering type, with a legal company that bears my name and work under contract to be done. It was the last of the major goals I had in life, or so I thought. I have a beautiful home that fulfilled another lifetime dream of living in the country by a lake. Now, I just need time to start collecting pay from my work to pay the bills (most will be up to date before Christmas) and I need to focus on new goals for myself. Sounds like the perfect time to start a new quilt, right! I started a block of the month quilt that should be fun. I'll post pictures as soon as I get them. I have a notebook where I cut out pictures from magazines or words and put together a collage of things that inspire me. It is eerie how those images have come true: babies, trip on disney cruise, home in the country, company with my name on it. I need to find some new images to lead me onwards. Let's leave off the lemonade, and have a spot of tea, while we delve into this new quilt project and see what the future could hold.