OLW -Content

Oh Jeez!  It's the end of January and I'm flip flopping on many areas in my life.  Have you ever felt that way? 


Are you wondering what in the world I'm talking about? At the beginning of the year I chose my One Little Word that I would focus on for the year.  You can read that post HERE.  My word was determined.  I felt like that word was strong like last years and would help me focus on many things going on at home and with my business.  Not true at ALL!


I found myself in a panic.  Not kidding.  I was so determined to be determined (that's a mouth full) that I was literally stuck in my tracks.  Feeling down, blue and uncertain.  It was a HUGE HUGE weight on my shoulder that was getting me no where.  Instead of moving forward I found myself slipping backwards.  I didn't come into my stamp room for two weeks.  I was DETERMINED to quit everything.  


I had to sit back and really pray about this because I can't let go of something I've loved for so long.  Yet, I know that with the current situation I can't devote the time I've always had to my passion and business.  I laugh but I was really determined to throw in the towel.  I don't think I've EVER felt this way before.  So defeated.  I look at Russ and he inspires me everyday to keep pushing but I know he depends on me for the push.  I almost feel like our tables are turned right now.  For YEARS this man of mine has been my perfect cheerleader.  Pushing me all the way to be the best I can be.  Letting me cry on his shoulder when I felt defeated.  Now I push him to better his best and yes… he uses my shoulder to cry on.  We've cried together many times over the last two months.  


After pulling up my big girl panties for the 9 millionth time, the word "content" kept creeping into my brain.  Content is a word I am not familiar with.  I'm never content.  I'm a female on a mission and always want something else… 

Can you relate to this at all? 


I don't know about you but I feel like I am never happy with the now.  There is something out there I am ALWAYS striving to have more and more of.  


Let me tell you…  God slapped me in the face with my new word and I'm listening.  I've prayed for along time about where and what I should do with my business.  What's next to accomplish? How can I change things up and be better? What to do next for success? I kept asking God to show me a sign.  I have to giggle because boy did he give me a sign—>  my husband.  


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In a state of peaceful happiness…  In some respects I think I have a good grasp on my NEW One Little Word.  I'm happy in so many aspects of my life.  However, there are other aspects I'm clearly not.  It's going to be something I can work on daily.  


I'm going to work hard on being content with my business where it is for now.  For N.O.W.  I'm not quitting.  I'm just going to work when I can and be content with it.  I'm not going to stress out about it. I'm not going to feel guilty.  I'm going to be content.  


I can also find my word content in my creativity as you will see in this card below.  I am one of the crazy ones that loves to cut things out.  It's so relaxing to me.  I know… CRAY CRAY!!  



I loved stamping these flowers and then cutting each of them out.  This card is SO bright but I love it.  I used my small scallop punch and punched my vintage music notes paper using it for the centers of the flowers.  It brought a smile to my face.  IMG_2910


You can find all the supplies to create this card below.  


Stamp set: Peaceful Petals #133104 (w) or #133107 (c)   Cardstock: Whisper White   Designer Series Paper: Modern Melody #126926
Ink: Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise 

Accessories:  Linen Thread #104199, Designer Buttons (Brights) #1300028, Boho Blossoms Punch #119858

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11 thoughts on “OLW -Content”

  1. Kimberly, a beautiful card and a beautiful post!  It's amazing what God teaches us when we get quiet and listen to him. I know you will be blessed by your new word, your new focus!  You are such an inspiration to so many. I pray for showers of blessings on you and your family. 

  2. Kimberly – Good to hear from you!  I think that your new word for the year is perfect.  I'm glad to hear that when you discovered that the other word stopped you in your tracks that you re-evaluated rather than gave up.  Glad to hear you aren't giving up stamping or SU!, but just slowing down.  I know it gives you pleasure to create, and people will understand the change. I will continue to look forward to your posts when you have time.  We will continue to pray for Russ and your family – thanks for the updates.  BIG VIRTUAL HUGS even though we've never met in person.  ๐Ÿ™‚ – Lisa

  3. Kimberly, God has prepared you for this.  When Russ was not home you learned more than you think you did.  It made you strong.  You will all come through this okay.  Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  4. Diane Giarrusso

    Kimberly, I appreciate your struggle and your new OLW!! I've cut back on my business (which was not my primary paycheck) so that I can take care of myself and my family. It was a hard decision, but I'm glad I made it. Good luck and enjoy being content this year. I am going to "live" this year–experience my life now that my depression is under control. You inspire me, thank you!

  5. Kimberly, you are such an inspiration to so many of us. Not just in your business but in your life. You know what's important -family. You are strong and I think content is the perfect word for you and what you and your family are facing right now. Stampin' Up, and your friends whom read your blog, will be here waiting for you, praying for you and cheering you on and we will be content with whatever you are able to share. Take care and God Bless.

  6. Beautiful card, I LOVE cutting out too so I think I'll just go to my table and CASE your card right now. I love your writing and your thinking, I'm certain that your business can stand to be pushed aside and put 'on hold'  for the other things in life that are so important at the moment.

  7. Kimberly,

    I'm sorry things are so rough for you  right now ๐Ÿ™  You are so amazing at what you do!!  You've inspired me and taught me so much over the years.  I wish you lots of joy this year and quick healing for Russ.  Don't forget that stamping is good for the soul!!!! LOL.  It always puts me in a better mood!  (P.S. Maybe your word for next year should be EASY.  I think you deserve some time to relax!)

  8. Georgia Mansfield

    Hi Kimberly,

    You have been on my mind this morning.  Let me first say I think you are an AMAZING woman, wife and mother!  You are an inspiration to thousands of women around the world.  With all that has been going on in your life right now, I think you are giving out more than you are taking in and it is draining you, physically, mentally and spiritually.  We are like sponges. We can only be useful when we take in a little and give out a little and there has to be a balance.  We need spiritual time to rejuvinate our spirit. We also need time away from all the needs and demands around us to revive our inner self. That could be time reading a good book, stamping and crafting, taking a walk or a long luxurious bath. All these things give us the energy we need to give to others. If we don't feed ourselve we are of no use to those around us. As hard as it is to say we are NOT Super Woman! I say all this to tell you to please take some time for yourself DAILY so you can refresh your spirit and body.  There is a reason you live close to your family right now, let them help you. Don't be afraid to ask.  I will continue to lift you and your family up in prayer and I pray God will reach down and give you a BIG hug and fill you with HIS strength and peace! God Bless you. Georgia

  9. God Bless You and Your Family!  I think your word is perfect….we can all use some time to reflect on being content!  As we see our kids grow up it really hits home how fast time does really go…..we all need to stop and smell the roses so to speak.

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