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Join 2018’s Planning & Activities

Today is the start of 2018’s journey of life, retirement, business development, and most importantly being a gram! Take this journey with me and share as I share with you how my life as an administrator in higher education evolves.  Share the joys and struggles of being on the back end of 50, having an aging parent, and wanting to be all my mother was and more as a grandmother.

Part of this journey will also include trying hard to develop a home-based business, complete my PhD, and being a mother, wife and grandmother. And…also important is the passion of allow art and design a major part of this journey. Yes……….we have a lot of work to do this year don’t we?

Well…….let’s get started today…..before the NEW YEAR!

I included the picture of me standing on a Florida gulf beach so we can close our eyes, feel the waves moving back and forth and our toes being covered by sand. Demonstrating that if we do not keep moving we will be covered up and stuck in the sand of life.  We don’t have time to waste this gift of life given to us.

So….for our first step of filling in our planners for 2018. Let’s make a list of what is important to us…..everything…..big and little!  Include vacations, birthdays….anything and everything you deem as important for your year to be a success.

Visit back here on New Year’s Day to get your next instructions!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

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Busy time in studio

Christmas time is always the busiest time of the year in my studio.  With each ornament or gift made I always try to imagine the receiver’s smile to the giver. This year the most popular ornaments are the ones for our college students. We have made ornaments for Stanford, Sanford, Radford, and James Madison just to name a couple. Coming from higher  education I love checking out each college website.

Something new for me to make this year are the reading pillows.  A lot of little girls are getting personalized ones this year – from Michigan to California. After the holidays I will have a post outlining a pattern for the pillows. They can be personalized either with embroidery or vinyl.

Now…..to tell you what else is going on in the studio…….writing on my dissertation……How many of you have completed a PhD? I’m on my 7th year of this venture and feel like it has to get done in 2018 or never.  I am three years behind my scheduled finish of 2015.  Life, family and work got in the way before.  But I am almost ready to present my proposal and move on to the research.

Any advice from all those wise that are reading this?

 

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Retiring to Be a ‘GRAM’

Yesterday was so fulfilling for me as my daughter made her first outing after delivering her first child, my first granddaughter! I was blessed to be able to watch Ava. But, as any grandparent probably know, I had to earn my priviledges through trust, changing diapers, burping, giving bottles, and just simply being there for my daughter.

Eleven months ago one of my three reasons for retiring was to hopefully be available to be a major part of my grandchild’s life. My children were raise with my mother and grandmother (Bushia) available and wanting to spend time with them. They shared our Polish heritage and taught them how to cook, crochet, a little farming and important values. You will find, if you follow me, that my children and family are the most important thing to me. My family, being there, allowed me to be active in co-founding our first business with my husband Craig (more to follow on this in a later post). Now, it is my turn to be available for my daughter and make it

11159515_10152994813359542_2480482301135098372_nmentally easier for her to continue in her career and for me to share with my grandchildren.

It is so interesting how so many memories of when my kids were babies flow back as I watch Ava grow.  All the challenges and struggles that I remember, I can share with my daughter.  But, as many of the grandparents reading this know, you have to be very careful in sharing. My daughter is a total Type A personality, not sure where she got that (chuckle). However, thankfully we have a very close, open relationship.

Kara will be returning to work after the first of the year.  I have offered to be available to watch our little one a couple days a week and be there when she is sick or needs more time. One challenge for me has been to be there and bite my tongue at times.  It has also be a bit of a challenge to manage time with creating in the studio, completing my dissertation and wanting to be there for my daughter.  But………I would have it no other way!

So…..what advice do you have for me?  Please leave comments and share.

(Photo above is a 4-generation photo taken many years ago at a mother-daughter church banquet. In front is Bushia and my mom, who suffered from multiple-sclerosis.)

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Welcome to the beginning!

Welcome to the first day of Eighth Avenue Design. A way to share our experiences apostnd take a journey together. Let’s begin our journey today. Let’s share our challenges, accomplishments, failures, successes, and creations. It’s my hope for Eighth Avenue Design to be a place of sharing, caring, educating, and growing with each other through all stages of our lives.  What are your interests, questions and dreams?  Let’s share each day’s beauty and challenges. . . . . . . no matter what they are…………………..