Calm Amidst Chaos

The title here describes how I’ve been feeling lately. I’ve been rather calm considering I’ve said goodbye to my last ongoing client (no more regular paycheck coming in), the last market I did barely covered gas and booth fee, the van’s in the shop and the other car has topped 200,000 miles! And that’s just the tip of the recession-laden iceberg! I’ll admit I’ve struggled to stay calm at times, and although I have been known to troll Craigslist for job openings, I feel that strange sense of peace about where I’m at right now.

The nesting instinct is so strong right now. I can’t explain it, but all I want to do is get my house in order, have fun in the kitchen and enjoy my boys. This is new territory for me. But instead of fighting it, I’m allowing myself to be shaped by it. There will be times in the future when I am able to make more money, to focus on building my brand, to create. But this is the only time my kids will be 8 and 9. These are the times they will look back on as the good ole days. And I want their memories to be good ones. I want to be present for them.

So I will tuck in Summerland Style projects when and where I can and focus the hours when the boys are in school on stocking my Etsy shop. That way I can work at my pace and still manage to bring in a bit of money on my own schedule doing what I want to do. Crossing my fingers on this one.

Someone else who was the epitome of Calm Amidst Chaos was my friend Steve who got married last month. I was honored to recreate 2 pieces for his reception area — a tufted sofa and wood trimmed arm chair. Steve is a renowned wedding designer and I always enjoy collaborating with him. Here are a few pics from the reception area:

Projects like this chair and sofa are tremendously satisfying for me — but the stress to make everything perfect is pretty tremendous too. It serves as a reminder for me to choose where to put my energy. So as we head into the holidays, won’t you join me in being present for the important people in your life? Let’s enjoy each other, be inspired by the presentations at the holiday dinner tables and make this season one to look back on as part of the good ole days. Happy Thanksgiving!

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3 thoughts on “Calm Amidst Chaos

  1. Junebug Furniture and Design says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!Lovely post!I think raising a family is the MOST important job for moms. The old saying, they grow up so fast…is sooo true! I opened my first store when my son was 10, and then I haven't stopped, he is 24 now, and I lost so many of his growing years. They are only going to be little for such a short time.Love every minute…it is the best!!!I love your work, and there will be lots of time for creating for others, but now it sounds like you made a decision to be a present mom! I hope you don't mind me being honest!xox Glad

  2. Funky Junk Antique Show says:

    Gorgeous pics! And oh do I relate to your post!!! It's the balancing, the seasons, and just ultimately, what is God whispering to us for the time being…you are a huge talent and incredibly dedicated mom and wife and friend~Love you!!!Hollie

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