I’m making plans for our December 2016 retreat and will have registration information up within the next month.
We will be returning to Memory Lane after a 1-year hiatus!
Which means there will only be a handful of spots available once registration opens because regulars are given first-opportunity to reserve. A $50 deposit will reserve your spot; the deposit is non-refundable should you need to forfeit the spot.
The remaining balance will be due September 1, 2016. If a cancellation should take place after the full amount has been paid and I am able to fill the spot, you will be issued a refund minus the $50 deposit. (This policy has been in place for a number of years but in writing only. As of 2016, it will be enforced.) The time involved filling spots and issuing refunds cuts heavily into my normal workload, making life quite crazy. There are also expenses that come up due to cancellations such as having to provide food items in place of the absent person(s) and covering the cost of prizes and other retreat-related supplies. The $50 non-refundable deposit ensures I am able to organize this event each year in a way that works with my family and business long term.
The 2016 Winter Weekend Crafting Retreat will take place Thursday, December 1, 2016-Sunday, December 4, 2016. The cost for the entire weekend is $200 and includes most meals, prizes, pizza delivery and four glorious days working on whatever project your heart desires!
If you have any questions before registration opens, let me know.
Time is our most precious commodity.
It’s also the most elusive. There are so many great things to do with our time that we never seem to have enough of it. We feel guilty about how we spend our time and wonder why we can’t do it all like everyone else.
Because we can’t do it all! There is absolutely no way. So we need to make some very specific choices in regards to how we spend our time.
Which means having a clear understanding of our priorities – something I thought I’d had until attending THIS WORKSHOP in 2012. It provided me with some wonderful tools that I still use to this day. The workshop has since been renamed to “Life Restoration” and is taught by Melody Ross through Brave Girl University. (Click HERE for details.)
It required copious amounts of journaling which helped me to clearly define goals, create a lifelong mission statement, dream big dreams, and make things happen! Our family trip to Paris was born out of this workshop:
As was teaching a photography workshop:
And our Lake Superior Barn retreat as well!
If we are not careful, we could easily be swept away in a tide of good intentions – running from one thing to another without a clear sense of direction. Working, making dinner every night, arranging play dates, going from one sporting/dance/band-related event to the next, exercising regularly, volunteering at school and/or church, crafting, cleaning, reading, organizing the basement, making time for family and friends, starting a business, taking a class, catching up on our favorite television shows, baking cookies, scrapbooking, shopping, writing out thank you notes, returning library books, attending conferences, decorating for the holidays, spending time with our spouse, the list goes on.
When I have a clear understanding of what I want for my life, it becomes much easier to say no to things that don’t line up with my priorities/goals. And there are times (many times) I must say no for the health of my soul.
Our priorities/goals are unique. We can’t just do what everyone else is doing and assume it will work the same in our world. We each have different gifts, strengths, and weaknesses to take into account. We need to come to grips with the fact that we were not created to do it all.
And it is really, really freeing to know that truth.
I have just completed a season of “too much” and realized a few things:
– I have a tendency to rely on busy-ness as an escape.
– I can’t work fulltime and keep things up as usual at home, even while working from home.
– Sometimes it’s best to pay someone else to do your edits.
I think it’s time to get reacquainted with my own priority list.
I have four sessions already on the calendar for next summer and want to get word out now that it is best to plan ahead to ensure availability. With my son’s high school graduation taking place in 2016, I will be limiting the number of sessions I take in May/June to prepare for the open house. (As mentioned in an earlier post, there will be a price increase taking place the first of the year – details will be up within the next month.)
If you have any questions or would like to reserve a date in 2016, let me know!
Ending the high school senior photo session season with another one of my son’s close friends.
Quinn has been part of the cymbal line in our marching band for the last few years and is also involved with River City Rhythm.
I guess you could say percussion is in his blood.
We made our way through a local park and captured several great shots in our time together:
Enjoy the rest of your senior year, Quinn!