Hi Charming Girls! Can you believe it - today marks the two year anniversary of the Charming Girls' Quilt Club. And I'm sad to say, today also marks the closing of the club! The club has been such fun, so inspirational, and I've been blessed to meet so many Charming Women - so it is hard to say goodbye.
Yet, life changes, we learn more and more who we are, and what gifts we have to offer to the world - and after much thoughtful consideration, I realize that it is time to close this chapter - and to embark on a new one!
I think one of the greatest gifts I've been given in this life is a sense the time is short, life is short - and that it is incredibly important that we think outside the box to find what it is that truly gives our lives meaning and joy - and then really live it! So often, we find ourselves trapped in conventional notions - and we find ourselves saying "I have to do this, I have to do that, life sucks, that's just the way life is" - not realizing that life was really meant to be filled with love and happiness and peace and joy!
And, often times we make our lives, our relationships (and even our sewing) so complicated and pressure-filled - not realizing that it truly is the simple life that brings the most joy!
Out of a desire to "really live", I've spent much of my time reading various books about life and how to live it - books about women and men, about marriage and relationships, books about pleasure, simplicity, and the meaning of life - not only in the hope that I will live the best life I possibly can - but also out of a hope to share the things I've learned, and to inspire others to do the same!
And, so, with this new chapter comes a whole new look for the blog - and there is one new category that I will be writing posts about! Of course, there will still be LOTS of posts on sewing, cooking, our family, home decor . . . . But, there will be a new category of posts to share with you a bit of what I call "Soul Food" - inspiring posts about being women and the joys and challenges of our "feminity", about relationships, and about living more joyful, simple, meaningful lives!
How do we deal with difficulties in relationships, with pain, failure, guilt, and regret - and get back to the joy of really living? How do we not let our present and future be ruined by the past? In the Soul Food posts, I'll be sharing with you what I've learned from those wiser than me - and how I've applied (or am trying to apply) those lessons in my life!
Because, the truth is girls
Here's to really living!
It is my hope that through this blog we will share much joy and laughter - and maybe even a few tears! It is my hope that this new chapter will inspire you, not just in the sewing room, but also in life!
And so it begins: "Charming Chatter: Sweet Talk About The Joys of a Simple Life!"