"Describe Your Perfect Autumn Day"

Out here in Arizona there isn't really an "autumn" to speak of.  We tend to go from scorching hot to "hey where'd all the leaves go?".

But we still celebrate Mabon every year, usually with the air conditioner still working full blast.  Here are a few of our past Mabon pictures:

Lochlan was born the day after Mabon in 2012

One thing I can't wait for is to experience my first autumn in Minnesota.  The pictures I've seen are simply breathtaking:

Gorgeous.  I'd love to experience an autumn that allows you to wear sleeves in October.  My kids practically got heatstroke last year while trick or treating since all of the store-bought costumes are designed with cool weather in mind so they were sweating their little butts off.

Eighteen more months.   Let's do this.

A Precious Keepsake

Today marks the end of week two of homeschooling.  My little sponge is just sucking up every bit of information he can and running with it.  My refrigerator is decorated with things he's drawn, colored, or glued.  And it makes me nostalgic already knowing that there is no way I'm going to be able to save every single thing he makes.  In just two weeks his work has overtaken an entire filing bin.  It's unrealistic to think that I can keep them all but I just can't stand the thought of his little creations not being saved.

Then it occurred to me.  This is what I do.  There's no reason that I can't save my favorites so that they won't be messed up or fall apart with age.  I picked out the ones I loved the most (his first stick figures, his first smiley faces, and his own handwriting scratching out his name) and scanned them into my computer.

I pulled them up in photoshop and fit them onto one of my washer templates.  I had a pile of washers that needed to be made for my shop so I added it to the batch.

This morning I woke up to something I know I will treasure forever.  (Side note, it doesn't look all splotchy IRL.  I took this picture in super dim lighting since it was 6am and had to expose the poo out of it to get it to show up on film)

"Talk about your personality type and how it impacts your work."

Day 2 of the professional blog a day challenge poses this question.  So I took one of those personality tests and here is my result:

"ISFJs live in a world that is concrete and kind. They are truly warm and kind-hearted, and want to believe the best of people. They value harmony and cooperation, and are likely to be very sensitive to other people's feelings. People value the ISFJ for their consideration and awareness, and their ability to bring out the best in others by their firm desire to believe the best."

I think this is sort of counter-productive in the business world.  I ALWAYS want to believe the best of people.  Unfortunately there are sketchy people who will try to pull one over and I nearly always take the short end in those situations.  

"ISFJs learn best by doing, rather than by reading about something in a book, or applying theory. For this reason, they are not likely to be found in fields which require a lot of conceptual analysis or theory. They value practical application. Traditional methods of higher education, which require a lot of theorizing and abstraction, are likely to be a chore for the ISFJ. The ISFJ learns a task best by being shown its practical application. Once the task is learned, and its practical importance is understood, the ISFJ will faithfully and tirelessly carry through the task to completion. The ISFJ is extremely dependable."

Yes, this is very true.  Analysis is NOT my thing.  Thankfully it IS my husband's thing so he handles all of the stats and stuff that I don't have the patience for.  

I won't bore you with the full analysis (it's REALLY long) but you can find out your own personality information here.

Share Your Professional “Aha Moment.”

I've had two.  The first was to delve into business at all.  I never, ever considered starting a business, let alone one that relies on my own creative works.  It was actually my husband who convinced me to open my Etsy store.  

My second moment was deciding to venture into other mediums.  I invested less than twenty dollars in my first batch of resin compounds and in doing that I've expanded my business further than I thought possible.  And to think that I almost didn't try it because I was intimidated by it.