Unlike most people, I never considered the new year beginning January 1st. Through my school years, my new year began in late August and I counted the years by my grade. Now I no longer count my years that way, but it’s still not the first of the year. Now my new year starts on Easter.
Anyone who knows me well, knows how much I HATE Lent. Between the unpredictable and depressing weather, greatly missing my sister overseas, and making restrictions on my favorite daily indulgences, this is by far the hardest time of year for me. It’s the time of year I’m forced to dig deep, make changes, and challenge myself.
So, when Easter arrives, it feels like a new year and I feel like a new person. And I have grown. I have a little more self-awareness and self-control than I had before.
And there’s no meal that tastes better than Easter brunch after a nearly three hour Easter service.
Last year at this time, I decided to make changes in my life. I didn’t know if I could do it, but I kept faithful and made the changes. If it weren’t for my family, my friends, and the amazing brides/mothers/customers I worked with this past year, I probably could not have made the changes. So I want to say thank you to everyone who had faith in me this year!
This year, Lent is holding more challenges. I have growing pains and sleepless nights (because of my workload…and from the stress of my images/designs/name being knocked off/stolen by other companies and “designers”), but I think the work over these past few months will all be worth it when Easter & spring come.
Thank you to all the customers patiently waiting on their handmade dresses & friends/family for all your support/flowers/cards/love!
Here is Part 1 of a very much overdue flower girl dress blog post.
Thank you & have a wonderful Easter & spring!