No Deadlines, Just Dreams

My word this year is "Rest".  After four years of going to school, running a shop, planning a wedding, taking care of my family...I knew this year I needed a break.  So I closed For The Love Of Joy (my old shop) and am working through a small amount of orders and taking the rest of the time to enjoy my family and friends.  It was much needed.  Even though I work full time, I don't bring any of my work home and I actually get to sit and eat dinner with my family, play games, take a walk, and crash on the couch at night.  It's been so good for my soul to have that rest.

Easter 2014

Easter 2014

Picnic with his best buddy

Picnic with his best buddy

Last Spring Preschool Program

Last Spring Preschool Program

Mother's Day 2014

Mother's Day 2014

Last Soccer Game.  He scored 4 goals!

Last Soccer Game.  He scored 4 goals!

Riding an old timey tractor.

Riding an old timey tractor.

Our favorite place to get tacos: Yucatan Taco Stand.

Our favorite place to get tacos: Yucatan Taco Stand.

I don't have plans to reopen my shop.  My custom order days are done  But I still love to quilt and want to be apart of that community one way or another.  So if I'm not going to do, I'm going to teach.  I'm no expert...but I do have experience (I think?!).  I'm slowly writing up quilt patterns to add to the shop, free quilt tutorials to share on the blog, and a little e-book on how to quilt from start to finish.  My focus is for beginners, to help those who are wanting to learn this timeless craft get their foot in the door.  If I can help just one person discover this love for quilting, then I will be completely satisfied!

Michelle Monk Photography - The Joy of Quilting - Anna Joy French Designs

I got together with my one of my best friends, Michelle, to help me take photos for the e-book.  I packed up all my sewing supplies as well as my quilts and decor, and we decorated her studio space.  This is all my stuff but how come my room doesn't look like this at home???

Michelle Monk Photography - The Joy of Quilting - Anna Joy French Designs
Michelle Monk Photography - The Joy of Quilting - Anna Joy French Designs
Michelle Monk Photography - The Joy of Quilting - Anna Joy French Designs

I have no deadline for these patterns I'm making.  Whenever I finish, I'll finish.  But no more late night work (unless I want to), no more telling my kiddo to "hang on, Mama's working", no more letting my husband hang out by himself at night because I'm in our room quilting up a storm...life is much too short for all that.  From now on, my family will come before my dreams.  But that doesn't mean I don't have dreams.  I do...lots of dreams.  Only that I'm not in a rush to see them come true...I'm going to enjoy the process of getting there whenever I do.