I firmly believe life sends us little messages if we only listen. And sometimes in the hurry-up routine of daily living, those messages gets lost. We ignore them or shove them to the back of the brain to deal with later.
For several months now I've been hearing the whispers in my mind and re-evaluating my efforts to fit life in around the deadlines essential to the operation of a publication. I've loved my work and accepted the demands of the ticking clock that goes along with it. I'll even admit that at times that clock can be a great motivator.
But then March came along and the clock was silent. By some strange fluke, there were no assignments on my plate for an entire month. My house got cleaned...really cleaned. Yardwork got done. The inbox was empty (that didn't last!). It wasn't anything grand...just ordinary little things I hadn't had time to do. And life whispered.
A few weeks later, I went to the Scrap Etc. Event, and while I know Heidi Swapp taught 600 women that weekend, she might as well have been speaking directly to me and me alone. Her lecture was about listening to your heart because your heart doesn't lie, and she filled her talk with quotes about happiness. I wrote down several, but the one I circled and underlined was "Cherish now. A year from now you'll wish you would have started today." And the whispers grew louder.
I cannot imagine a better "job" than I've had with Creating Keepsakes magazine. I make scrapbook pages that make me happy, and I've been blessed that they've also made CK happy along the way. From my first published page in 2000 to teaching and representing CK at trade and consumer shows, I've been treated to so many great experiences. At each opportunity I'd say to myself, "Wow! This is as good as it gets." And then CK would offer me some new challenge that would be even better. I learned so much in the process...about the industry and about myself. It's been an amazing ride.
But even good rides come to an end. I've stepped down from my role as Contributing Editor. I'll miss the people who have become so much more than co-workers. They're talented and dedicated and supportive and caring...an amazing group. Our paths won't cross as frequently now and we'll have to work to maintain the friendships we've formed, especially given the distance. It's these special people who made the decision to leave so difficult.
I'm a scrapbooker...I was before I took this position and I will continue to be now that it is behind me.
Life called. I listened.