Making Memories is back! Did you miss me? I’ve missed you! I feel like I’ve been gone forever. Has it really only been two months? So much has happened, even in the midst of social isolation. Grab a cup of coffee and let’s catch up!
After leaving Stampin’ Up! in October, I needed to take some time for me. I’d been running my Stampin’ Up! business so hard, I really didn’t even know if I wanted to craft anymore. Talk about total burn out! As it turns out, it was the best thing I could have done. I called it self-care, but in the business world, they call it research and development. After a much-needed break, Making Memories is back and better than ever!
Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. (psychcentral)
My form of self-care looks different from anyone else’s, especially since I’m doing all I can to keep me and my family safe during the pandemic. That means, no pedicures, no spa days, and I haven’t had but one haircut since early March! But it also means Zoom coffee (and wine) dates with friends, cooking healthy meals with intention and care, buying and actually riding a bicycle for the first time in years, binge-watching cringe-worthy tv dramas (think Gossip Girl and Riverdale LOL) and going through every room, nook, and cranny of my home and selling and getting rid of anything that didn’t truly bring me joy anymore. Self-care for me means de-cluttering my mind, body, spirit, and physical space, with no guilt attached.
Yet, something was missing…I have a mentor and life coach, Lisa Keutman, founder of the Shift & Shine Sisterhood, who’s been following and encouraging me on this journey of self-discovery. She knew that my passion for crafting hadn’t died; it just needed a paradigm shift. Then, listening to a webinar on 2021 Business Trends this week, I realized that all my self-care was really research and development for my next crafting venture.
R&D is important for businesses because it provides powerful knowledge and insights, leads to improvements to existing processes where efficiency can be increased and costs reduced. It also allows businesses to develop new products and services to allow it to survive and thrive in competitive markets. (Forest Brown)
When I told you I was leaving Stampin’ Up!, I assured you I wasn’t leaving crafting and that I had a plan to continue to offer you high-quality, unique crafting experiences, projects, and tutorials. I just hadn’t worked out how to deliver that. Taking a break from the crafting world has really provided me with the time necessary to rest, research, and recharge. I’m happy to say that Making Memories is back! I’m gearing up to launch a new and improved Making Memories with Michelle, where we focus on building a community of crafters, sharing what we love to do, encouraging each other along the way, all while learning new tips, techniques, and tools to enhance our craft. I am building this with YOU in mind and it will be unlike any other crafting group you’ve ever seen.
So…are you ready? 3…2…1!!! That’s the date – March 2, 2021. Mark it on your calendars! Tell all your friends! You won’t want to miss this exciting new crafting community.
And be sure to follow me to learn more about how you can become a member of the new and improved Making Memories with Michelle crafting community.
- Blog: www.MakingMemorieswithMichelle.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/MakingMemorieswithMichelleZ
- Instagram: @makingmemorieswithmichelle
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/MakingMemorieswithMichelle
Let’s get crafty!
Making Memories is back to crafting. Join me this Saturday, 12/5 at 10 am EST as we craft some holiday memories together. #CraftySaturday