On Friday, when I checked my poll numbers for the Project Run & Play contest, it was painfully obvious that I’d likely not be voted into the next week of the competition. Yep, painfully. I’m sharing this with you because transparency is a good thing. It is always my heartfelt desire to encourage you to live life to the fullest and not allow circumstances to get you down, but sometimes we get tripped up emotionally by situations and have to regroup.  I did. I tripped. And then I regrouped. (Had to adjust that Happy Meter :)!

For me, the contest was less about sewing (even though there was a LOT of it!) and more about relationships. Over the last 4 weeks, I’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support that I’ve received from readers, strangers, family, and  friends. Some of these were friends  from college that I hadn’t  spoken to in over 20 years. Some were from readers who’d never left a comment before. It’s been one big love fest (LOL)! When I realized I wouldn’t be moving on, I wasn’t ready for the community love to dissipate. What would would be left? But, then it occurred to me that it doesn’t have to end –the connections that is. It’s the crossroads of life, the intersections, that bring us together, right? We just have to decide which direction we’ll choose once those connections have been forged.

Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart for taking time out of your schedules to vote. For my beautiful readers who have taken a moment to leave an encouraging comment, I thank you. Please continue to do so. I love to hear from you and consider you a valuable member of this little community. For my family and friends who might not really be into sewing and crafting, but still chose to hang around anyway to show me that you cared, I love you for that! Please stop by my blog home every now and again, to say, “Hi”. I’ll always have the welcome mat out and a cup of tea or lemonade waiting for you.

Project Run & Play was an invaluable opportunity for me. It gave me a chance to share one of my passions beyond the “four walls” of this blog, and I am grateful. The designers this season were absolutely phenomenal and the camaraderie and support between the participants was amazing. I have so much respect for each of the contestants and believe that they’ll go a long way in this field. The contest organizers (Liz and Elizabeth) are two of the best people you’d ever want to meet.

So, I guess that’s it. Back to work as usual (or maybe not). I’ve got lots of creative ideas rolling around in my head that I hope to share soon. Stay close so you don’t miss anything.

Thanks for stopping by today my friends and sharing in the experience.

Keep doin’ what you love!

Shannon

[yellow_box]Motivation Mondays is a series that I started to share encouragement with moms. I use my past struggles as well as triumphs as a backdrop for my writing in the hope that just as others have helped me along the way, my readers will find something beneficial to carry along with them throughout their week. I believe that community is important as well as honesty and transparency.Want to chat? Send me an email: littlekidsgrow (a) gmail (dot) com. My welcome mat is always at the door.[/yellow_box]