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Monday, October 5, 2015

Resiliency Brings its Own Rewards

Today starts a new challenge at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. The theme is Resiliency, and I have a personal story to tell:
 At the end of summer, my co-worker had to quit and find another job because the business manager pulled her benefits-eligibility. Then my boss opted to leave for a number of reasons. Except for a part-timer, I carried on despite lack of communication from the powers that be. While on scheduled vacation, my new boss arrived. Two months later, I still have no guarantee that my job will remain the same as far as being benefits-eligible. I wouldn't mind lesser hours, but let me keep my family's insurance please. It also seems that my part-time friend and I are in competition for remaining in the department. So we are both working our butts off to save our butts.
So, where does the theme of Resiliency come into play here?
Resiliency is defined as the ability to recover from or adjust to change. Change is a part of life, and success is measured by how resilient a person is throughout changes in life: growth, education, relationships, work, health, aging. A resilient person can learn from mistakes, adapt to changes in environment, work to maintain balance in their lives, and keep a positive attitude throughout it all.
Personally, this last change in my life has taken a toll on my own resiliency. I am learning from mistakes, adapting to the changes, and maintaining an outward appearance of calm and positivity. However, the stress of not knowing what tomorrow will bring is playing havoc with my emotional and spiritual balance.
But I am an optimist, and just need to work on returning to a healthy balance by letting go of fear and doubt. I started spinning to keep my energy levels up; I meditate and "shed" the stresses of each work day before I go to bed; I pray to remind myself that I am exactly where God wants me to be at this point in my life.
And of course, I spend tine crafting to relax. I used a digi image from Ike's Art called Muse 7. I chose to showcase the seasonal changes that Autumn brings. Crisper air, a bounty of color in the trees, a crunchy carpet of leaves underfoot--one would be hard put not to recognize all the beauty that Fall brings to our neck of the woods. And that's just what I need to remember. The Earth is resilient, and adapts itself to the changes of the seasons. And each season brings its own beauty into the world.
I, too, can be resilient, and bring forth my own beauty into my life.
This month's PRIZES are from two of my favorite sponsors:
Ike's Art 
and The Stamping Boutique (TSB)

    A $10 gift certificate from Ike's Art, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • 2 images from The Stamping Boutique (3 if you use a TSB image), for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
There will also be:
  • One digital designer paper (made to order in a couple different ways) from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on posts published during the challenge timeframe.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

  • Besides inspiration from the DT, we are very fortunate to have for our guest DT member Hanne from Handmade by Hanne. Hanne has been playing along at the challenge blog when she is able to. We've seen many of her wonderful projects throughout the year. Please be sure to check out her blog when you enter your project this month.
Challenges I am Entering:
Colouring in Scrapland - Toda vale (Anything Goes)
House of Cards - Add texture (felt leaves, burlap bow) &/or color challenge (autumn palette)

Robyn's Fetish - Add Leaves, Faux or Real
2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes


Katrina Brown said...

What a perfect sentiment to go with your card and your story! You made that image come to life with that fall color scheme and theme. I'll be thinking of you and praying your job situation is positive; you are right it is good to practice resiliency, but I hope you don't have to practice it very long!!

Hanne M. said...

Truly wonderful project and I love the way you've taken up the resiliency of the nature in your post. Sorry to hear about your situation at work, I really hope that things will take a positive turn.


ike said...

What a stunning project - soooo beautiful.
Thank you for using one of my images.
I am really sending huge mega luck thoughts about your job.

It was a pleasure to Sponsor you.

IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jennifer Bradley said...

Beautiful card and image, I love the colours and I do hope thinks get better in your job. Thanks for joining our challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and we would love to see you again. Jennifer DT member xx

Mynn Kitchen said...

This is such a beautiful card! I think the different textures you've used are perfect! Sending HUGS and prayers for you, work-wise! Thank you for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Marlene Atkinson said...

A beautiful card. thank you for sharing with us at Robyn's Fetish challenge. Marlene DT

Nana said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

Have a creative day.
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Robin Parker said...

Wow, what a clever way to incorporate our challenge into your creation. Thanks for sharing on The Robyn's Fetish Challenge #284 - Add Real or Faux Leaves.

Michele Henderson said...

I love your beautiful car, and those gorgeous fall colors! Thanks for playing along with us over at House of cards!
Take care!

Janis Lewis said...

Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks
:) Janis

sue t. said...

Love those felt leaves! Thanks for joining us this month at the House of Cards!!

Karen Petitt said...

I adore and love every single detail on your card. Also you have beautifully coloured the image, the sentiment is perfect for your situation and those felt leaves are just scrummy and I want some like that now. On a personal note I hope the idiots that run the company wake up and smell the roses soon and you get some peace from that worry, sadly there are so many people all over the world in the same situation and it's heart breaking. Your card is just lovely and perfect for our current theme of colours &/or textures. Thank you so much for joining our Challenge at House of Cards and I really hope we see you again next month Karen P (HOC DT)

Anna SG said...

Wonderful project!
Thanks for playing with us at Colouring in Scrapland

Michele Henderson said...

Great colors and textures on this fall card! I love the felt leaves! Thanks for playing along with us over at House of Cards!
Take care!