I am stunned to think how I've been doing this for three years now. When I first started way back in 2012, I would never have thought I'll be here today. Surely, I have dreamt it, yes. Yet, I'd never have thought it'd come to a reality.
Me. This girl. With absolutely no education nor degree in arts (minus a short design elective on colours I took in poly and a metal smithing course, which I've yet to make use of), who's just sitting here at home alone working quietly away, reading up on everything and anything that tickles my fancy, then making it work via trial & errors. I would never have thought it possible for the dreams I had for my business: get featured on publications, teach workshops, be commissioned for illustrations, heck — just have anybody liking and wanting to buy the stuff I'm making!
With all of my heart I have tonnes of gratitude to pour forth. For friends and family who have believed in me when I didn't. For everyone who's joined me on this journey, refreshing me with your kind words through emails, FB & Instagram comments and supporting my small business.
Maybe my terms of success might be vastly different from yours, but whatever I've cooked up in this knobbin' of mine, with truthfully quite little of my own initiative, has amazingly come to pass.
When I try to look ahead into what this year might bring, I am very much excited and honestly filled with a bit of trepidation too. Should things go as predicted, we will be welcoming a little boy into our lives in a span of 3+ months. I do not know how to juggle motherhood in the mix, at least not yet. Still, I've always wanted to be a mama. I've constantly said this to anybody who'd asked: the whole reason why I've set my heart to do what I do is just so that I can be a stay-at-home-mum.
I have so many ideas floating in my brain for my business that worries me if I can do all that I'd planned. Will I have the time/energy/ability/finances now that a kid is on the way? are some questions that invade my cranium throughout the day. It's moments like these that I have to pull back and remind myself of my purpose. I am not here to amass stuff.
"Unless the Lord builds a house, its builders labour over it in vain; unless the Lord watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain." More than anything, I'm in awe at how God has willed all these for me. I am most humbled by how much He cares. Whatever success I've had is absolutely from Him. There's nothing I can claim credit for; not my talents; not even my physical ability to create + make.
I have seen You in the sanctuary, I have seen Your power and glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will glorify You. I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, for You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.
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