Hello there--eek! Apologies--I have been so bad about blogging! Well, it has been a whirlwind of events, not to mention 3 back to back weekend shows!
But I wanted to say, today marks the 1 month anniversary of my first month being full-time on Ele Story! I hadn't really officially made an announcement, maybe partly because it was a scary thought to leave, and I didn't truly believe it. But yes, exactly 1 month ago, I left my full-time corporate job of 6.5 years to really focus on my second child, Ele Story. And of course, my firstborn, June bug too--is definitely getting more attention. ; )
It was a scary decision, and one that gave me great anxiety for quite some time. I was not quitting my full time career in animation to be a stay at home mom, which seemed to me at the time a more noble and valid cause (I could not do what some of you ladies do--truly, and I admire you so much for that). I felt slightly guilty that I was leaving a good job (with plenty of great friends) and still putting little June in preschool to follow a dream…one that I believe in whole-heartedly, and yet a dream that has not yet been played out fully, and can fall apart at any moment.
But with our Fall production rapidly approaching and our being behind, and hubby and I working full time and raising a little one, it clearly stood out as the right decision for our family at the right time. I would have more flexibility with June's ever changing needs, and one of us could at least keep up with the demands of a young and growing business.
It was undoubtedly a leap of faith, and I truly believe that the God of the universe has a plan, and a good one at that. All I needed to do was trust--but the T word is what I struggled with the most, and still do every day. But I am reminded of a song hubby and I love to sing, that is based in Pslams:
"Trust in the Lord with all of your heart
And lean not on your own understanding
In all your ways acknowledge Him
And He will make your paths straight
Don't worry about tomorrow
He's got it under control
Just trust in the Lord with all your heart
And He will carry you through…"
Really beautiful melody as well, but I will spare you of my hoarse singing (I have been talking so much at the craft fairs over the last 3 weekends that my voice is still strained : p)
It has been a challenging transition to become a full time designer/business owner and part-time mom, and I am not sure that I know what I am doing still--so much more to learn every day, and also have to discipline myself to set a schedule, but I am grateful for all the support that Ele Story and we continue to receive from our fans/friends from all over the world, and family, of course, especially when we work weekends on a show and need babysitting. It takes a village to raise a child, as they say, and it certainly takes a village to raise Ele. : )
I leave you with this amazing photo of little June flying away on a giant blue balloon just over the weekend at San Francisco's Japantown, taken by an enthusiastic passerby who loved what she saw. thank you K, for the photo!
Judy and June
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