Tuesday, December 31, 2013


The SUO challenge this week was to make a card with "January colors" - and the SCS color challenge colors were chosen by Mary this week and she chose, black, silver, and white.  That sounded pretty January-ish to me, wintery, cool, clean….so I decided to combine the two challenges.    This makes two CAS cards in a row for me…..so I'm feeling pretty impressed with myself.  CAS is HARD, have I mentioned that before??  I thought I would take a few minutes to reflect on the last year here.  This past year has been one of the hardest for me personally, ever.  My whole job saga…..it was overwhelming to me.  I leave a job I have loved for 7 years because it's just time for me to go….but I leave crying….and the next job turns out to be my worst nightmare….an absolutely awful experience I am so glad is behind me…..but is it?  It left such a HUGE mark on my self confidence….and I am just now getting it back!! I went on to a THIRD job, where I worked for 7 weeks….and I loved it, but then an opportunity that was full time and has much more long term potential for me came up, and now I am finally, "home" so to speak and loving my job again.  It just shocked me I suppose that after all these years, one person could shake my self confidence right to the core the way she did.  I was just reflecting on the fact that even though it has been one of the hardest years of my life and certainly THE hardest as it pertains to my job situation, it was still a good year, and a year of growth, and realizing how much God loves me even when others may not….and just realizing once again that God is in control and I can let go and let GOD in times like these.  Because every single time, he comes through for me, every single time. When will I ever get to the point that I totally realize that and trust accordingly?? Anyhow, I was just musing about all of this, glad to be moving into 2014….and really happy I made it through with God's help.  God is good, all the time.  All the time, God is good.  Happy New Year everyone!!  Until next time, Karen


ArtisticInkspirations said...

You hang in there Karen, keep praying and God will bless you in your new found job you love. I had a similar situation many years ago, but instead of me having to leave you, God removed the obstacles!

debra Last said...

both the card and your note were just beautiful!

LLK said...

Hi Karen -
Yes, God is good and we just have to trust. Isn't that where we all have so much trouble?

I followed your saga in 2013, said a few prayers for you and am thankful you are ending the year so well.

I look forward to seeing more of your creations in 2014. Happy New Year!

LLK said...

Hi Karen -
Our God is so good and all we have to do is trust Him. Isn't that where we have the greatest challenge?

I followed your 2013 saga, shared your sorrows, triumphs and joy. I'm thankful you're in a good place as the year ends.

Keep creating! Happy New Year, too!

Loralee Parish said...

You do such beautiful work Karen. Regarding that unpleasant job experience, remember we all have been there. This situation is not unique to you. And, if truth be told, I bet you are not the only one that this person has been unpleasant to.
Keep up your wonderful artistic work Karen,
Loralee Parish

Anonymous said...

All the time God is good. :-)
Love your card!

Unknown said...

Very cool wedding card! I really do think you are getting the hang of CAS. :) Very glad to hear that the job saga has finally come to a great ending. May 2014 be a smooth sail for you and your family.
Lu C

Carol Dee said...

Beautiful card. You are getting the CAS thing down! Happy New Year. too.