Thursday, July 1, 2010

Life is A lot Like a Garden

This week has been really tough for me and my family.  Between my husband and I, we have had more stress this week than I can ever remember.  Sometimes it can be really hard to stay positive as those slings and arrows keep hitting at us from all sides.  We both know that things and events will likely improve; as these sorts of tests in life usually run in cycles.  In the meantime, I have been trying to find little things I can focus on that cheer me up and make me remember the positive things in life that are all around if I only realize them. 

This morning before I went to work, I was looking over my stamp site Shelley Bean Stamps and wondering what I had gotten myself into.  Business is not as booming as I had hoped, and I wondered if I had ventured on a fool's whim in trying to sell these designs with my limited networking and business skills, not to mention second guessing if they were even up to par with other designers out there.  But, when I looked at one stamp in particular, she just jumped out at me and told me to "cheer up!"  So, I started working with her before I left for work and finished it up tonight.  It is by no means perfect, but I had to at least smile a little at the cheery colors and message. 

Life is a lot like a garden, and with good seeds sown, a flower will surely bloom with patience and care.  And in turn...in life, it is important to sow good thoughts and deeds so they too will return to you when you need them most.



(Now for my personal and shameless plug:  And, I almost hate to add it)
If you like this stamp or the sentiment used, they are both available for sale at Shelley Bean Stamps.

7 comments:

Sandy Bayles said...

Shelley,
I hate to hear about your week but I to have not had a very good one. I always think of this when I get down. God does not give you more than you can handle. I know but sometime you wish he would just slow down a little. May God Bless and keep planting those seeds in your garden. I love the little girl stamp.
Blog:http://lovethatexpressions.blogspot.com/

Beth said...

What a stinky week, I am so sorry. I hope things will begin to look up for you. Don't be discouraged about your stamps. Yes, sometimes we take on too much, but I agree with Sandy that God never puts more then we can handle on our plates. It was obvious that you felt led to put yourself out there with your stamps. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help put the word out. Right now I have you up on my blog and I have mentioned you in my scrap group on facebook. On another note, this stamp is super special and sweet.

Beth said...

What a stinky week, I am so sorry. I hope things will begin to look up for you. Don't be discouraged about your stamps. Yes, sometimes we take on too much, but I agree with Sandy that God never puts more then we can handle on our plates. It was obvious that you felt led to put yourself out there with your stamps. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help put the word out. Right now I have you up on my blog and I have mentioned you in my scrap group on facebook. On another note, this stamp is super special and sweet.

Shelley said...

Your stamps are wonderful! Your business will grow with time and nurturing. You are a creative person and everyone can see that as well as the love that you put into your stamps! All good things come in time!

Mariam Satchell said...

hi hon! praying that things turn around for you. I agree with everyone - you are not led into deep waters to drown but you learn to swim with God's support :)

CUTE card!

much love and hugs

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Nanascreativecorner said...

I agree with all of the above things said. We are doing a bible study on encouraging and its in times like this that God wants us encouraged by him. Turn to his teaching and word, you will be strenghtened. You do wonderful work. We are blessed and encouraged to have you share with us, thank you!