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Well for me it was also the season of learning and growing. My December is usually jam packed anyway with my daughter’s birthday, my anniversary, my mom’s birthday,  then Christmas (all in that order). So yeah, it’s pretty packed. Then let’s throw in Christmas parties, company events, church gatherings, Christmas shopping…you know the rest. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the most expensive and the most sleep deprived, but it’s such an awesome whirlwind and I’m truly grateful by the end of the year.

What I did learn so far is not only how thin I can spread myself (seriously!!) but how blessed I am to experience everything I did this year. I’ve been working like a mad woman to get Your Shine Sign up and running and I think I did that this year. Not even lying when I say it was harder then hell because there were lots of times when the shoe would drop and sometimes there were NO SHOES to drop, but somehow I got it all done. I can say that because of those times, I now know what to look for next year, how to plan better and I hope, balance it all out better so my family doesn’t desert me. The last part was really the hardest thing!!

They say it takes a tribe and it does. Really and truly it does!

A couple of weekends ago I had the opportunity to help Vickie (you all should know who she is by now) at her Boho Market in Downtown Dallas.  I was just there to help her but it was cool to be a spectator as well. You learn what different people look for, whether or not they love Jesus a latte (lol),  and you also learn not to get your feelings hurt when they look at,  then dismiss your stuff because the next guy will come right along and laugh at your inside joke and love what you’re selling.

We were also able to hold a pop-up market in Deep Ellum. We literally did this at the last minute but it was soooo good! We met new awesome people, we set some goals for next year. and we were able to  find a community that really supports local artists and dreamers. So it was really nice to be able to share that experience with my family as we are all new to this and learning as we go.

I wanted to share some pictures of our latest venture in Deep Ellum and I’m praying that this can become a regular thing for us!

You know,  one thing hit me this morning as I drove into work. I was thinking about how I’ve always had this creative streak. Sometimes it would even get me in trouble! But I was recently given scrap wood by a friend of mine. She said a friend of hers was about to throw it out but she saved it for me JUST IN CASE I could do something with it. I ended up using them to make these cute little ornaments and selling them for $4 each. It turned out a lot of people really loved those ornaments. Anyway it dawned on me that someone actually gave me money for a piece of scrap wood that I just made pretty. How awesome is that? Maybe not so much to some because you can look at as I made $4 for one tiny sign…not even enough for coffee in most cases. But it’s not. It meant so much more to me 😉 It was my literal “trash to treasure” and I made money doing something I love.

Anyway I appreciate you guy’s support and next year I’ll be working on how to make Your Shine Sign shine even more.

Thanks again and Merry Christmas!  I’ll see you next year.

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