It happened to be 80+ degrees there so I didn’t get that hit of Midwest Fall I was hoping for but the family is good so no complaints!
I stay with my sister Paula and I truly wish you all could meet her.
Polly is funny, kind, thoughtful, astoundingly-creative and endlessly patient (which I’m told it was a useful skill when dealing with me as a child – though I think we can all agree that just crazy talk).
Paula has a unique ability to find the positive side of pretty much any situation.
When she does this, finds the up-side, she refers to it (self-deprecatingly) as “Playing the Glad Game.”
But it’s not a put on or a learned, practiced thing. She’s not being a “Pollyanna” – which is where, it turns out, the term “Glad Game” originates. It is, I believe, truly instinctual and totally sincere.
She doesn’t ignore the negative by any means. She embraces it AND finds the potential good too.
Though I do believe we are related (ignore the rumors!) ….that is just not my nature.
You see, things have been….fine….here at Cheltenham Road.
Store orders keep coming in. New stores find me. Online sales do the usual ups and downs. Bills are paid etc etc.
But, honestly, I’ve been struggling.
Struggling to stay on top of things.
Struggling to stay inspired and engaged.
And it’s been like that for a while.
I can’t say it was a total surprise. I debated applying because I had a feeling……
But it was still a blow.
I think it’s the wake-up and the kick-in-the-pants that I truly needed right now.
I think there are a lot of things that need attention that I’ve been putting off. (For instance, I have, for years, failed to get a decent website up and going. Years! I mean, everybody has a website. My dry cleaners have a web site!)
Etsy, Amazon, new designs, packaging, wholesale resources…and on and on.
And now I have both the real-world “get it together” message AND some unanticipated free time in which to work on these things.
So, Glad Game (thank you Paula). I’m glad this happened. I’m glad it’s woken me up and lit a fire under me.
And thanks, very much for listening.
Back soon (and more regularly) with projects, updates and a fully formed web-site.
….For those of you who have been on the edge of your seats waiting for the next installment of “Building an Over the Table Display” I promise it is coming!
As exciting, thrill rides go it may be a bit of a disappointment but it is coming!