autumn

 
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Last Autumn, when I was teaching middle school math, I experienced some of my lowest moments, but those lows also brought out some of the sweetest highs. It was the first time I had ever truly appreciated the change of the seasons. It's hard for me to explain, but even the littlest things like the trees outside our apartment turning bright orange or a light breeze brought me joy because it contrasted so much with the feelings about my job. 

This autumn is much different. Quite the opposite, actually. I'm working from home (my couch) full time, painting designs and corresponding with brides about 12 hours a day. The contrast is so extreme that I have had to take some time to adjust. I felt so guilty for awhile, because it didn't seem right that I had to suffer so much for a year, and now burst out of bed at the crack of dawn with the birds chirping and a sparkle in my eye, excited about the day ahead! I just KNOW God is blessing me. He gave me the strength to get through the roughest year of my life, and I feel abundantly rewarded for persevering.  I don't know... maybe He's not. But I like to believe He is.

Working from home and for yourself definitely is a learning process. For me, it's having to restrain myself from working nonstop from when I wake up to when I go to bed. Alex has had to help me a lot with that. My dad, a business owner himself, has said that working for yourself is hard because there's always something you can do to better your business. You could fill every second of your time brainstorming new ideas, social media marketing strategies, creating new content, etc., and being the overly ambitious person I am, I basically can't say no to any business idea. This year has and will be a learning experience- not checking my email as much as I want, NOT checking instagram as much as I want, things like that. 

Having a little more time this year to do things that I love, I got to craft and paint for fun a little more, so here's a little fall decor for ya!

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