Motivation Monday: What Makes You Happy?

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!


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.
  • Veronica Schmucker

    I am disappointed that you won’t be competing anymore. Your projects are beautiful. I’ve added you to blogs to read.

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you Veronica! I’m so glad you’ll be visiting again.

  • Jenni @ Just Stuff

    Thanks for sharing. Agreeing to do PR&P seems like a big risk (people voting on stuff you made is scary to me!). I often crave this type of “exit interview” from the “eliminated” designers. I am sure everyone walks away with a different experience and lessons learned.

    • Shannon_CC

      Not knowing how others will respond to your work IS a little nerve racking (Ha! Ha!), but I think once the adrenaline of the competition kicks in, you don’t really have time to think about it. Thanks for your kind words.

  • Brenna

    I thought your designs were amazing – thank you so much for participating!

    • Shannon_CC

      Wow, Brenna! Thank you.

  • Kristin

    Hugs to you, Shannon. You did an amazing job and your positive attitude is so inspiriting! I know how hard it is, but even greater things are in your future! :)

    • Shannon_CC

      Wow, Kristin! So encouraging, thank you.

  • Jessica Lemley

    Stay strong! All of your designs are wonderful and your children beautiful. I found your blog through PR&P and I’ll keep following you. :)

    • Shannon_CC

      Yay, a new blog friend! I look forward to your visits, Jessica, Thank you!

  • Gina

    You are a fabulous seamstress/ designer Shannon and I will miss your projects for the rest of PRP. I will always look forward to you sharing your sewing here on your blog as well as all of the uplifting, real life, inspiring stuff that makes up your blog. Great job!!

    • Shannon_CC

      Ahh, Gina. Thank you, my friend.

  • Tara

    I’m sorry to your PR&P run come to an end :-) however on the bright side I know you’ve gained TONS of loyal followers (such as myself) from the experience. Although its technically about the competition & the sewing you’re right in that its so much more than that including the relationships formed & proverbial doors that are opened. “Everything happens for a reason & in its own time”…and I know just by lurking around on your blog (lol) that you know & believe in that. Falling down is hard-it’s a bruise to our pride but falling with grace is a coveted art & you’ve done it :-) Congratulations on the time you spent on PR&P and on your accomplishments before & beyond it!! And look at elimination in a small frame as in someone has to drop out every week, that is a necessary evil of the competition but not necessarily a measure of you or your abilities-something bigger/better is calling on the horizon. In closing my mini novel here (lol) I must say how I admire how classy it is that you’re writing this based on your own experience yet you’ve managed to positively influence my outlook for the day-that’s powerful!! Maybe you should look into motivational speaking or something of that nature :-) at any rate follow your own advice & “keep doin’ what you love!!” Xoxo

    • Shannon_CC

      Best “novel” I ever read, Tara. Thank you for making me smile today.

  • Stef

    I love your perspective here, Shannon! The inspiration, camaraderie, and community ties that you’ve built participating are going to stick with you long past this season of PR&P. Keep being amazing!

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you so much, Stef!

  • Simple Simon

    You really are amazing!!!! ~e & l

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you, e & I. (For everything!)

  • Rachel Le Grand

    Hi Shannon, just wanted to let you know that I was sad to see you go…

    • Shannon_CC

      Ahhh, thank you so much Rachel. It was really a great experience. I conquered a lot of fears which is always a good thing. :)

  • Tammia

    I’m sorry your run ended (I loved seeing what you came up with each week), but thanks for being vulnerable and sharing honestly. You are a sweetheart and a very inspirational person. Hugs.

    • Shannon_CC

      Oh, warm hugs to you, too, Tammia!!!