Okay, so I knew I hadn't blogged in awhile, but I was a little surprised when I realized my last blog post was just over a month ago.
I've swept away the dust bunnies and am ready to hit the keyboard.
First, I'm pleased to announce that my divorce is final. Five years ago when I said my wedding vows, I didn't believe in divorce. But I've come to understand the certain situations warrant it. I am now officially a single girl again, and am looking very much forward to this new beginning. Starting with a new last name, which I will do just as soon as I can get the paperwork into my hand (my lawyer currently has it- or ex-lawyer, I should, say, since I no longer have a need for her services).
I have decided to make the business that I've been doing as a hobby for the last few years official. I will be getting my business license under the name that I have chosen: Shoppe von Shultz. I have also decided to keep CelebrateLife open. I had previously opened woogiewoogie for my handmade supplies- but CelebrateLife is near and dear to my heart and I am not ready to part with it. So I will instead keep my supplies there and get rid of woogiewoogie.
I am doing my first craft show on Sunday, and have been working well into the next day to get things ready. Only time will tell how it will go, but I have a good feeling about it. Of course, prayers and well-wishes are always welcome!
Now that my financial situation has been determined, I can go to the university and apply for grants and/or loans to finish school. That is high on the priority list, since I would like to be completely done with my degree before Tanner starts kindergarten.
I have a LOT of new projects that I'm working on, but I will save that for another day and another blog post. I would like to instead talk about something that touched my heart today and really reminded me again of just how blessed I am.
I got home from work and opened a package from a good Etsy friend of mine, beadbug00. I call her Jess when I'm not calling her bead. :)
There were two surprises in my box- a clay pendant that she had made for me that says, "CEL" on it (my Etsy nickname for those of you who don't know). And there was an extra surprise- one of her beautiful glass pendants with a ladybug on a leaf. I've had it hearted in her shop for awhile, and she was just so incredibly thoughtful and generous and I cannot wait to wear her special gift tomorrow.
As I write this I'm wearing a gift pendant from my other dear Etsy friend, Elizabeth (happylake). It's a clay pendant with three frogs on it and I've worn it to work a couple of times and have gotten compliments on it (no surprise!). I have three of her beautiful frog themed pendants, as well as some beautiful flowered pendants. Just look below, you'll see. :)
And then I had a convo from another Etsy friends (my Etsy friends SO rock!). MK (MissKnits) had included me in her Thankful Thursday blog. It was so sweet to be included, and it's a good reminder that you are affecting people when you don't even realize it, good or bad. And it makes me want to strive to always be a positive influence in other people's lives. You can see her blog here. (PS, she has way cute stuff in her shop. I personally love her washcloths and throw-a-fit dolls.)
So today, I'm thankful for all of these things and more. And I will definitely be around more, both on my blog, on CAKE, and the threads now that I have the long and difficult process of the divorce behind me.
I'm a single mother of two amazing little boys. Braeden tends to be engineer-minded and very curious about how things work and why things do what they do. Tanner is more like his mama, curious to an extent, but then content to go off and dance and be creative. He can often be found laying on the floor, usually in a quieter corner, drawing on a piece of paper.
I do etsy because I absolutely love paper-crafting and love the etsy community and artists and love being a small part of it.
In addition to that, I'm working toward my dream of being an author. You will see snippets of my writing here, along with news when it is appropriate to share about how writing projects are going.
Life is short, break the rules,
forgive quickly, kiss slowly,
love truly, laugh uncontrollably,
and never regret anything
that made you smile.
My First Novel
You read my blog post about my first novel. Now go read my novel. Currently available at Smashwords, soon to be available at other online retailers, including Barnes & Noble. At Smashwords, you can read up to 50% of my novel for FREE.
My book is called The Broken Hearted Girl
A love story never guarantees a happy ending. Life never guarantees an easy solution. One woman experiences all of the ups and downs of love and life as she endures a health crisis and begins a life with a man who has mental health issues. She is forced to face her fears, to take leaps of faith, and to make hard choices which will surely change her life.