It's gone quiet over here for longer than ever in the history of my eight years of blogging! While it's been an intense year with more changes behind the scenes than ever before, it's also held some really exciting gifts.
Let's back it up to three or so years ago when I made a list of the three biggest dreams I had at the moment. These have been dreams of mine for much longer than that as I've wandered through my creative journey and discovered how necessary it was for me to give time and attention to the things that made me feel most satisfied and alive. I was working on an art-journaling eCourse with A Beautiful Mess and one of the prompts was to document three dreams or goals. In no necessary order I listed them - have another baby, write a book, buy a house.
Soon after I submitted a proposal for a topic I'd been wanting to write an eCourse about but thought it might work as a book. I worked with an agent to see if it might turn into something and it was rejected. That same lovely agent helped me test the waters for another topic I might turn my attention to and I started developing projects to submit a real proposal. Two months later we found out Brett was deploying and I started doubting my ability to pursue a book deal while being a single parent. The day after he shipped out I got a plus sign on a pregnancy test.
Dream one of three, check. I set aside my book proposal and shifted my focus to what was being brought into our lives and was so, so grateful. I was reaching for something, putting in the effort, doing the work. It wasn't time. I was okay with that.
Fast forward to April 2015 and we're in the midst of our most challenging season yet and no clear idea of what the future holds for our family. An e-mail shows up offering me the chance to make a second dream come to life. It was the same feeling I got when that plus sign showed up on that pregnancy test. I was being offered a book deal! I called that same agent, she worked the magic agents do, and I was signing a contract a few weeks later.
My book will be a beginner's guide to learning to weave on a frame loom and will be on bookstands this time next year! I'm over halfway through writing it and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to focus so much attention to one big project. My studio is covered in skeins of beautiful fibers from some lovely companies that are providing yarn support and with each finished chapter, it feels so much more thrilling!
I have been so eager to share this news and want to thank everyone that has been along for different parts of this journey leading to this point. This creative space has been a big platform for sharing my work as I've written eCourses, offered up DIY projects, and experimented with different styles in a variety of mediums. This community is one of the reasons I get to enjoy this dream coming true and I'm so thankful for it. For you.
I can't wait to share more when the time comes. It's going to be a busy rest of the year as I work to meet my big deadline and still work on various other freelance jobs. I'm really excited to share a little more about a weekend work trip to San Diego I took recently and the big project I get to be a part of with a fabulous group of talented women! Let's just say it's a great way to learn a few new mediums without the overwhelming hassle of doing it the hard way. If you're not already following @thecraftersbox on Instagram, do that first. Then sign up for their newsletter so you don't miss out on their launch!
What's been a big dream of yours that has been on your list for longer than you remember? Don't forget it's there. Don't give up on it.