Hello everyone. I know it has been three weeks - THREE WEEKS - since I last posted on my blog. In that time I have done a lot of soul searching and introspection, and made a few changes based on those activities.
I decided to let go of Bitten By The Bug 2. I have been on the Bitten By The Bug design team since being part of Regina Easter's original team - since December of 2008. I succeeded Donna Mundinger and Carole Lowe Beath as the team leader in the fall of 2012. And while I love BBTB2, I have not been doing a good job as leader of the team for sometime. So I decided to move on....
Looking at the last three years of my life, there has been so much change and so many stressful events. BBTB2 was, for a time, a nice creative outlet for dealing with the stress. But more recently, BBTB2 had become a chore for me. I was not making time for myself in my craft room and I have struggled with many stress factors.
The biggest stress factor in my life at the moment is NOT my mom's Alzheimer's and her living with us, but is actually Doug's current state of unemployment. Doug has laid off several months ago. His layoff combined with our other stress factors have caused us both to have bouts of depression. We are now trying to focus on the positive and let go of anything that distracts us from the positive, and for me that includes BBTB2.
I know that the depression is about more than job and crafting. It involves several other factors in my life, including feelings of abandonment by many of my friends. I realized that I have felt alone and unsupported by those beyond my family and bff.
I was asked by Diana Larson to pass the team along to her instead of closing the design team. So BBTB2 will be seeing some changes in leadership, team make up, and rules in the coming weeks.
The highlight of the last four months of our lives has, of course, been our beautiful granddaughter, Avaleigh. I have loved having the ability to spend so much time with this sweetie. I am praying that she will be spending her days with me next school year too.
Thank for stopping by and for reading about my resignation and depression. Life will improve!