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Thursday, November 13, 2014

All good things must come to an end...

I wrote a post a few days ago, and then I deleted it. But then I decided I probably shouldn't have... It was just a simple sweet message letting you know that I'm going to let this domain expire next spring when the time rolls around. I've had so much fun blogging over the years, but times have changed and so has my approach to all of this social networking we try to do. 

While MooneysMusings will eventually go away, you can still follow my posts via DancingMooney.com or on BlogLovin' and, you can also find me on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter... of course eBay and Etsy... and last but not least, make sure you are on my Mailing List!

Hope to see you around friends!  xo!

Monday, September 8, 2014

I thought...

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I thought I was going to sit down and write something here today, but now that I sit here I don't really know what to say.  The truth is that I haven't known what to say for a while now... but maybe I just needed a break.  For one thing, I've learned to let go of the attachment to blogging.  I've had this sense of obligation to blogging for years, and I lost the joy in it.  Now I know this is just something that I do when I feel like doing it, and I'm not going to expect anything more of myself than that.

Why is it that we get hung up on things so silly like this, sometimes?

This year, I thought, was going to be My Year.  I really thought the cards were aligned this year for me.  Even the number, felt so positive.  2014.

And I won't say that this year hasn't been positive.  But it has been much more about change, than growth.

Perhaps that is not a bad thing.

Recently too, I was reminded about the fact that when we run a business, no matter how creative... Purpose is more important than passion in ways...  I think I've realized that I need to start looking at my business more like a job, and my life, more with passion.  To have passion, is to live with passion.  I believe to work, is for purpose.

Laura from Create as Folk said...  "Get clear on whether you want a career around your favorite things, or a life that supports you doing your favorite things."

I feel like I've realized, I need to start treating my work more like a job.  And I don't mean that in a way that makes us all have a grueling face of... work.  I mean, I want to live a life of doing things that make me happy... doing things with passion... and so, I need to create a business that allows me to do that.  Finally, I'm starting to see and feel and acknowledge the difference, the fact that for me, these two things can be separate from each other.  My work does not need to be about passion, it needs to be about Purpose.  Sure I should be passionate about what I do, or else I might will loose interest in time anyways... but with Purpose, we maintain that driving force that helps us keep moving forward.

For the last few years, I've put a lot of time and emotional energy into trying to find my purpose or my passion, or my career choice.  The thing that was going to make it all happen.  But this year, however...

I've realized that maybe I just needed to get out of my own way.

Make the damn Halloween jewelry, and list it already...

Stop trying to figure it all out, and Just Start Doing The Work.

And so that is where I am at with that.  At some point I may tell you more about what's been going on in my little biz over the last several months, but the bottom line is that I made a big change in my business and it didn't work out as planned, so I've had to go back to the drawing board and remember why I got started doing what I'm doing in the first place, and simply get back to doing it.

How have things been going with you, dear friends?

I've been thinking about you... just so you know. ♥

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gone hiking at the Tillamook Spit!

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A few weeks ago we took a drive to Tillamook, because I had read online about how there were lots of rivers running through the area, and several boat launches.  Hubby likes to fish, and this is an area of Oregon we hadn't explored much yet, so we made a day trip... and eventually found ourselves here.  Overlooking the Tillamook Spit.  (see the bay on the right, ocean on the left, and jetty straight ahead)  We took this picture from an overlook, not realizing we would end up down there, parking and going for a hike.  I'd call it a long walk actually, but it was beautiful non the less and it was also 8 miles long.  Completely unprepared we did the best we could... only to return the following weekend and do it again.  The second time, we packed water and snacks, but only made it as far as the jetty along the bay side, before we decided to turn around and go back the way we came, rather than do the full loop.  However, I want to do the full loop.  I'm not much of a rugged hiker, but I have always loved walking, add some nature trails into the mix, even better.  I'm not sure when we'll go back but when we do, I will be ready to do the full loop.  No questions asked.  I think I've found a new hobby.  There are nature trails galore around Oregon, and I am now on the search for more of them.

Before we got to the spit though... we were just randomly driving around, following side roads along rivers, just to see where they would take us.  Along the way we came upon this enormous hydrangea farm.  I couldn't believe my eyes.  Sorry the pics aren't so great, I took them while we were driving, but my gosh, it was beautiful.  We even saw them setting up for a wedding, and after a bit of google searching, I found a website with gorgeous photos... It sounds like they are still a very new venue, but I'm sure they will do well once they get their name out there :: Hydrangea Wedding Ranch Tillamook, Oregon.

This summer has been flying by, but we've been busy and enjoying every minute of it.  Getting a few house projects done, a couple of weddings coming up soon, and just the usual digs of summer.  How are things going your way?  Hope all is well!