I couldn't have as much fun as I had the last couple of days without your help. My husband received 12 comments. 12 comments!!!!! I don't know if I will be seeing a dress form any day soon, but I have to say I think I noticed more of a strut while my husband was walking around the house in the last day!! He was such a good sport and we really enjoyed the comments. Many of you I have known for awhile and some of you have become new friends. Thank you for your interest in my blog and for being interested in a hobby of mine.
The other day I had a friend say that she was tired of not being happy. It has stayed with me since she has said it, and made me stop and consider - what makes someone happy? I am blessed with good health, a wonderful husband, a great family, loyal and funny friends, a fantastic job, the chance to return to school and an appreciation for humorous things. With all those things said, what truly makes me happiest is the peace I have received through crafts. When sewing and making an item, I get to be who I want to be. I get to wear what fits me and makes me happy. I get the satisfaction of knowing I am able to create something that will make me happy. According to my studies that I am currently in with school right now, the age range of the 30's is a more peaceful time than the 20's and it is a time of understanding and exploring one's identity. Now I am in the beginning of this phase since I just turned 31, but I am finding some truth in that identity development.
I think I am happy because I am finally allowing myself to become who I want to become, and giving myself permission to not apologize for who I want to be. I spent so much time in my early 20's especially worried about pleasing everyone else first and not wanting to step on ANYONE'S toes, that I pushed what I liked and enjoyed to the back. I basically told my identity to take a back seat to the identity that others wanted me to be. I am happy to say that sewing has shown me that I am the best of who I am when I am making and creating.
We crafters are lucky people. Our individuality is celebrated and encouraged by all. SO - a big thank you to all of you for your kind comments, your interest in what I make, for my old friends who have walked with me as I have slowly begun to understand who I am and for the new friends who have just started this journey with me. Find out what makes you happiest and enjoy it to the fullest!!!