When I started making signs, which wasn’t too long ago at all, I used to look at Pintrest or Facebook to see what everyone else was doing and tried my best to make the same. I mean that’s what Pintrest and Facebook are for right?!
Well, when I started shifting gears to make signs more genuine to the person, the thought of “custom signs” came into play but that wasn’t really what I was going for either. I used to work in graphics and when I heard the term “custom” it meant what color you wanted or font you chose. The thing was, I knew what direction I wanted to go in but my compass had a funny way of navigating me here.
I knew I wanted something that wasn’t just a wood block and some paint. I wanted to make something you couldn’t just purchase at a store either. It had to tell a story and it needed to be something that would brighten your day if you will.
The thought finally occurred to me one day when I’d been thinking of my Grandma and missing her of course. I started thinking of the phrase she always said to us, “I love you more, a lot”. It didn’t take me long to figure out what would be perfect to go on a sign other than her words.
My Grandma was basically the village babysitter, meaning she watched EVERYONE grow up! When she passed away people came by the hoards to see her. In her eulogy, which I wrote, I started off talking about how we question our purpose on earth. I believe hers was to touch as many lives as she did, and I’m telling you, it was a lot!
She was one of the best people I’ve ever known and to make a sign with her saying, for me, is only a small tribute to the wonderful woman she was. Loving everyone (more, a lot!) is what she did best. It was her shine!
I made a copy of her sign for my mom and sister whom I’m making (arm-twisting) take a photo to share with you today.
So, what’s your shine? There’s something you share with the world that you may not realize how BIG it really is and I hope these stories will help you find it. It may not be as hard as you think! I promise we are all important and there is something inside all of us that glows just a little bit brighter. It’s when we really take notice of those small things that we realize they really aren’t that small after all.