Effort and Patience

While I'm still mulling over my 'one little word' for the year (thanks, Ali Edwards, for the wonderful inspiration) I am really feeling connected to to this month's theme at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out, Patience.

I'm learning that starting a new endeavor like Inside Out requires a delicate balance of effort and patience. You can put your heart and soul into it, but then you need to let go of your expectations, your need for certain 'outcomes' or the speed at which things move. Business, and life, has its own rhythm and flow. So I'm practicing moving with the stream and trusting that all will continue to grow and flourish...

I'm so excited about our plans for the coming year. We're debuting our first Inside Out exclusive product with the February kit (designed by the wonderful Nancy Doren) and planning for more products. We will be launching a program to work with Art Therapists to provide scrapooking kits for use with clients. We'll be working on creating an Inside Out kids club called Square Foot to encourage teen and tween girls (and boys) to express their emotions, thoughts and dreams through our craft. And we're envisioning classes, retreats and hands-on inside-out style programs for scrapbookers and non-scrapbookers alike to expand the use of this uniquely theraputic brand of our art form.

Check out this month's kit and inspiration page to explore patience, and let us know what comes up for you...what do you want to accomplish, and how can you expand your capacity for patience as it unfolds?


Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster said...

I like the word patience. 2008 my word was "enough". This year I have a phrase. "Keep ahead of the game."
Enjoyed your blog.

nancy said...

Sometimes I still pinch myself at the good fortune (or maybe it was destiny) that brought our paths together. I feel humbled and grateful to be a part of your team.

Queen of EVERYTHING said...

On a "personal" patience note - Rach I think you are doing GREAT! You should be so proud of what you've created with SFTIO and you need to be kind to yourself.

Louisa May said...

I second that. Love what you have done and continue to do, Rachel. I think the idea of working with kids and use of scrapbooking as art therapy is just so swell. Keep it going gal, cos' you're making a whole lot of people out there happier !