I'm a lucky girl ya'll. I know most of you have heard me say it before but seriously... how lucky can one girl be? I'm constantly overwhelmed and amazed. Treasuries, features, and giveaways galore, and many of you know just how many because I share them right here with you. I'm not gloating either, although sometimes I'm afraid that's how it may appear. I'm genuinely thrilled each time I'm featured in a treasury or on someone's blog, and I share them here with you because these things take time. I'm so very grateful that the curator of the treasury or the blog author took the time and opportunity that they had and shared it with me! I want them to get the recognition that they deserve for their efforts, and I want to thank them by sharing some of their links here with you in the hopes that you'll check them out and find something you might like. But lately it seems that's all I'm able to blog about, and don't get me wrong... I'm not complaining! I just decided that because of this I'm going to make the time tonight to share a little bit more.
I haven't always had it easy. My background is riddled with hard knocks and bad breaks, but they've molded me and shaped me into the person that I am, the person that I'm proud to be. I recently hit a brick wall in the career department and instead of beating my head against it any longer, I turned the corner and began a new chapter in my life. I took a chance on that nagging gut feeling that I should be doing something more with my talents and passions and threw myself into my business. Since then I've experienced steady growth in my online venues as well as my brick and mortar venues, and I get steady encouragement and recognition for my accomplishments and achievements along the way that helps to keep me motivated and focused. I feel so good about how far I've come and where I'm at and I couldn't possibly be happier than what I am right now.
I'm one of the lucky ones... I have the most amazing support group and "Go Lori!" cheerleaders that I could've ever thought possible. I have the most incredible friends that want to see me succeed and are willing to help in any way they can. Most of them would come help me change a tire on the side of the road in the middle of the night in a remote area of Texas. The rest would pick me up, get a room and a twelve pack and say "we'll deal with that crap in the morning". I also have a fabulous (albeit completely disfunctional) family that remind me of where I came from and why I strive so hard to do the things I want to do. My kids make me proud, and although they may not be perfect (who wants perfect kids anyway?), when they screw up and they work to fix it or change it or make it right it brings a tear to my eye and a smile to my face because it's proof that I'm doing a good job.
I have time. When you lose time, you can't get it back. I've lost too much time and I refuse to lose anymore. I've taken back the time I used to spend on someone else's clock helping to make all of their dreams come true while putting mine on hold. In doing so, I've given myself a gift far greater than any I've ever known... time with my kids and time to do the things I love to do. I spend every day with my little boy because now that I'm working at home I'm finally able to take him out of daycare. I spend time with my older 2 kids as they see fit, mostly while I'm running them here, there and everywhere, but they're 13 and 14 and far too big for their britches so that's about all of the quality time I can squeeze in with them. But it's more than I had before, and for that I'm grateful. I'm very, very grateful... I'm a very lucky girl.
This has been on my mind a lot lately, and I figure a lucky girl's gotta have lucky gear right? Well check this out... last week I received a Sasaki bag that I ordered to start my lucky gear collection. Holy wow... never has there been a cooler bag!
Made from a recycled "Lucky" Brand potato sack! And get this... I'm so stinkin lucky that Barb from Sasaki Creations threw in a little tissue holder made out of material with potatoes all over it! Okay, so she probably gives them to everyone... whatever, I'm a lucky girl. Oh, and I forgot to include it in the picture, but lucky for you... you'll get over it.Then today I got the next item in the lucky collection... a custom pendant made for me by fellow UWIB member Christie of Candy Glass. I saw a design she had that I loved and thought it would look great if she added "lucky" in there. I got it today...
How great is that?! Christie used the design I liked but changed it to include the colors I chose, gave me 4 proofs to choose from, only charged me $7 (okay, so that's what they all cost) AND I got free shipping because I bought it during the Yart Sale! And yeah, there's more... when it came in the mail today it was as if it was my flippin birthday. The box it came in was stuffed with that little crinkly packing paper that makes you feel like you're at a party, and inside was a clear plastic box with a marabou bow on top. My little pendant was tucked inside of a ball of shimmery, glittery packing material that was sitting in a cupcake wrapper! I almost didn't want to get it out of there, but I did anyway. And I couldn't wait to wear it.
So this is just the start... there's more lucky gear to come. I'm a lucky, lucky girl, it's only fitting.