Sunday, April 6, 2014

A New Name, A New Blog

Soo, remember the time that I told you guys that I was considering changing my shop name? I do love "The Scrapperie", but it has two problems - one, someone else already had it as a scrap booking forum and two, as mentioned in number one, it sounds way too much like a scrap booking place and really doesn't incorporate the vision of my business. So, drum roll please...

Introducing Four Thousand Stories!

Four Thousand Stories sells custom initial calligraphy necklaces in a wide assortment of colors! Scarves  and boot cuffs will come back once winter rears its ugly head again. Each necklace is made by using watercolor paint. So, since each necklace is somehow made by water, portions of the profits will go for water. For each necklace purchased, seven people get access to safe drinking water!  It's estimated that approximately four thousand children die every day because of a lack of safe drinking water.  But we can make those numbers dramatically drop. Lack of safe water isn't a problem waiting for a cure. All we need to do is bring filters or wells to them. And what a fantastic way to introduce the gospel. Just as this water brings life, so does Christ!

I hope to let those four thousand stories continue to be told and with your help, we can!

The shop is already up and running and more products will coming in time. So, if you'd still like to follow along, come join me at the new blog! Can't wait to see you!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

April goals

I didn't do so great with my March goals, but I only figured so much. Life was busy. But now that it's slowing down once again, and perhaps for the first time since September, I'm looking forward to getting back into a normal person routine. 

February Goals {even though it's late February and March goals just didn't happen}
1. Keep reminding myself of 1 Peter 1:3b. {check!}
2. Read Martha's Rules. {check!}
3. Work on putting decorations on back wall in the hallway. {check!}
Bonus: With the help of my sweet husband, we also finally put up some shelves in our living room. 
4. This month, I'm giving myself a "by-month" with my running. I'll start again in March.
5. Once again, giving myself a "by-month" on my handmade business. 

April Goals
1. Memorize John 12:43
2. Read 20,000 Days and Counting
3. Finish decorations on back wall in the hallway. 
4. Finish weeks 1-4 in C25K. 
5. Add six new products into newly launched shop, Four Thousand Stories.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Post-Event Depression

Man, that was awesome. Two 50 hour work weeks leading up to the event. Three hundred and twenty people registered. $16,000 raised. Helping over 10,000 people in third world countries. That Celebrate Children 5k race was incredible. We even had a former Compassion child come down to speak both at the race and at my church. My head is still spinning and I hope to blog about it more in the future.

But, for now, I'm struggling with the depression that happens after the big hurrah. When the signs are torn down and the last check is donated. For over seven months, we have been planning this and now it's over. It almost feels like a part of me is missing. There was so much that I wanted to do before the event that I was sacrificing in order to make the 5k happen. And now that it's over, I don't even feel like doing any of those things. Instead, I'd rather be elbow-deep in day of schedules and registration lists.

I know that this is a common thing. But, my plan now is to try to get back into the swing of things, back into a normal rhythm. I'm starting with blogging and running. I even launched a new shop called Four Thousand Stories where I make calligraphy initial necklaces that help people get access to safe drinking water.

And I'm hoping that with time, I'll get back to normal.