My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1206: Welcome, 2014!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-01-2014 12:42 PM 2432 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I close the door on 2013 and move into 2014, I am filled with hope and excitement.

In many ways the past year was wonderful. Our business grew tremendously – even though we are still in a sluggish economy. It appears that little by little, we are gaining momentum and that our efforts are paying off.

This didn’t happen over night though. I have been working at the business for years, and in reviewing and tracking where all of our new customers are coming from, I find that it is a mixture of many places and factors that have contributed to our success. There is no magic place or formula, and there is no way around hard work in making a business succeed.

One thing for certain – we wouldn’t be where we were without all of you. Whether you are a scroll saw customer or a painting customer, or just someone who stumbled upon my blog here, I know in my heart that without your continued support, we wouldn’t have the business we have. And both Keith and I thank you very much for that.

I would have never thought three and a half years ago when I began this blog that I would still be writing this far down the line. In the beginning, I thought it would be another avenue to try to get my name out there and let people in the scroll saw and woodworking communities know that I existed. I figured that I would write every once in a while and perhaps bring a few new people to our site.

But being a creature of habit, this blog has become a cornerstone of my day. Each morning as I speak to you through my writing, I map out my day and plan what I will accomplish. I believe that one of the most difficult things to do when you work for yourself is to make yourself accountable to YOU. It is sometimes too easy to put things off until the next day when something else comes along – whether the new thing is business related or not. But for some reason, by talking about what I plan to accomplish here in the morning, it helps me to stay focused throughout the day and follow through so that the next day I have something to show. While this self-imposed accountability isn’t necessary all the time, as I am pretty good at being motivated, there were times (I admit) when if it hadn’t been for me saying that I would be at a certain point and you all expecting to see it in the next post, I wouldn’t have accomplished it. And I thank you all for that.

I appreciate all of you comments and support and of course your friendships. I never would have thought I would have made so many nice friends along this road I have chosen. It is something that I will always be grateful for.

So with that said, I want to kick off this new year with a thought for you. I saw this on Facebook yesterday and I loved it so much I wanted to share it because I believe in it so strongly:

I don’t know who the quote is from and if anyone else does, please let me know so I can give proper credit.

We ARE all writers of our own story. I think that if we only realized that, we would be much happier people.

While there are some things that occur in our lives that we can’t control, the majority of things that we allow into our lives we have full control of. We each have our own personal path to follow, and as much as we would like company on that path, we need to travel it alone.

No one can truly come with us. We can meet others along the way, and walk beside them for a time, but ultimately we are left to travel our own lives beholden to no one but ourselves. For in the end, we are responsible for our own happiness and well-being.

I look forward to the upcoming year. While I know there may be places that I will stumble along my own path, I also know in my heart that I have set clear goals before me that I will follow and as long as I stay focused on them, all will be well.

I wish you all wonderful things in the new year. I hope you all remember that there is no limit to what you can accomplish, for you are the story tellers of your life.

I hope you share your stories with me and others as well, as creative people find joy and inspiration in the successes of those around them. I know I do.

Be kind to yourself. Allow yourself to be human. Embrace your ideas and creativity as you would hold a new born child and nurture it and watch it grow. And cherish every moment!

It is going to be a wonderful year!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 01-01-2014 01:06 PM

Happy New Year to you and Keith and the rest of your families! And it is another month closer to Saratoga Springs!

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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#2 posted 01-01-2014 01:15 PM

”It’s going to be a wonderful year!” Hear, Hear!, Sheila. I’m certainly looking forward to much more fun and improvement in my shop and woodworking. And that being achieved through your fine incouragement and the LJ’s knowledge and expertise offered through their daily entries. 2013 was a real enlightenment for me at my elder years, but now 2014 is ahead. Just keep your journal coming, Dear; it’s great.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-01-2014 01:24 PM

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 01-01-2014 01:30 PM

A great read….Happy New Year to you and yours…...Now off to the shop…..much to do, so little time…

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#5 posted 01-01-2014 04:26 PM

I agree whole heartedly with the first picture saying.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 01-01-2014 05:52 PM

I”m ready for this new year!

-- Nancy Antley

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#7 posted 01-01-2014 06:45 PM

Happy New Year! I love Patron’s quote. How true that is! Enjoy the creative flight!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 01-01-2014 06:48 PM

Thank you all so much! I always appreciate your comments and I wish you all the best as well! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 01-02-2014 01:42 AM

Happy New Year! If the title of the book is 2014, here are your old books as I had made a little research:

2013 - “Tuning a Page #920” – 364 days ago …. ”Have a wonderful Happy New Year! Make this year your best year yet!”
Counting from it … you made 388 blogs…You exceeded the 365 pages…..

2012 “Welcoming 2012 #570” – 731 days ago …. ”May 2012 be your best year ever.”
Counting from it … you made 350 blogs…

2011 “Looking ahead #211” – 1095 days ago …. ”I think 2011 is going to be a great year.”
Counting from it … you made 359 blogs…

2010 “Beginning this blog #1” – 1308 days ago …. ”I am going to love it here.”
Counting from it … you made 210 blogs… but this is less that a year…. the beginning of the whole thing.

I wish more power in you to continue the books now on its season 2014. The thought you had shared and will be on the years to come are always written direct from your heart. These inspire me. I wish you the best this coming year. Have it prosperous and fruitful too.

God bless.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 01-02-2014 01:55 AM

Thank you so kindly Bert! I have MISSED you! I did – as you may have seen – take some time off of writing for a couple of days last week. I am lucky that I exceeded my 365 pages with me “slacking” like that. There were some times around Artie’s (Keith’s Dad) death and some times during this holiday season when I just needed to reflect within myself. These thoughts were things that I needed to work through on my own, and I thought it was best to keep them private.

Sometimes we just need to ‘be’ on our own. It is healthy for us.

But I did miss everyone and found myself thinking to myself. I also find that I am not as productive when I am not sharing my projects with you all. I know that this was supposed to be a time of rest, but I am not good at resting and I couldn’t wait to be back.

I hope this time has been good for you as well. I know you get busy with your work and there are times when it takes all of your attention. I also hope that you got to spend some good time with your family. :)

Thank you for the reminder, Bert. I truly value our friendship a great deal. I also am inspired by your wonderful skills and sharing. You are a fine example for me to follow.

Have a wonderful new year filled with health, happiness and creativity. Thank you for being my friend. (((HUGS)))


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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