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A little about me: For a start, I’m a baby-boomer – you do the math – the number keeps changing and so do I!
I’ve had many incarnations as wife, mother, student, teacher, teacher trainer and mentor, curriculum writer and advisor, community hub developer, new worker trainer, and [whew!] life coach. In between I painted, crafted, hand worked, gardened and generally tried to create beauty around me where ever I went. Oh, I forgot to mention ‘world traveller’!
These days I’m [mostly] a very contented crafter and pursuer of serenity. And of course, I live with Orlando, a now elderly Maine Coon cat of great distinction and forbearance and a most delightfully joyful pup who goes by the name of Sid-Arthur [yes, a play on Siddhartha for those of you who picked it up]. They feature prominently throughout this blog.
I’m retired now and happily spend my days doing whatever it pleases me to do. Sometimes, in between my crafting projects, I still coach now and again, gratis, as a thank you for this blessed life I’ve been given.
I have had a most interesting life, from traumatic beginnings through the highs and lows of self discovery – learning to take responsibility for my thoughts and actions, learning to forgive and let go, learning to trust, learning to ‘be’.
I adopted this as my motto many years ago, it still fits: Life is a school room and everything is a lesson to be learned. Lessons will be presented in many ways and many forms until they are learned. When a lesson has been successfully mastered, another lesson will be presented. You will be tested.
What I have come to see is that some lessons will be tough, some will be fun. The secret is to maintain a sense of equilibrium with them all, no matter how they make you feel.
And in the end, it’s all been about learning how to be a ‘successful’ human being – and by ‘successful’ I don’t mean in a material way. I mean in terms of understanding who and what I am and why I am here and what is the meaning of it all………. you know, all that existential stuff.
I consider myself to be counted amongst the most fortunate of people despite the fact that I live without much of the material wealth and supports that so much of the western world considers necessary. I enjoy to keep it simple these days!
I started this blog purely to keep track of the work that was coming out of my craft room. So much has been lost and forgotten as I am notoriously poor at keeping records [such as photos] of my work before they are sold or given away.
It wasn’t long however before other aspects of my life began to intrude. I changed up my life-style and wrote about that, the odd random escapade made it into print and I found myself writing a post called ‘I Like Blogging!’ …. I began to find I had new friends, other bloggers who drop by regularly, make comments, support and offer advice……. it’s so nice to have contact with people from all over the world and just down the road too. In April 2015 I was treated to a trip to the USA by a couple of my blogging friends to meet up with a number of other bloggers. It was a really special event.
I guess I’m saying be prepared for anything to appear in my blog – it’s a bit like me, growing and changing! I hope you’ll stick around for a bit and find something to enjoy! I hope you’ll leave me a note to say you’ve been as I love hearing from people all over the world – I’ve already made so many new friends, come and join us 🙂
You can contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a Contented Crafter Page on Facebook and I would love you to give it a ‘Like’. I post on there very intermittently so you won’t be bombarded 🙂
There’s also a page found at the top of the blog called ‘The Contented Crafter’s Gift Shop’ where some of my creations can be found.
Thanks for dropping by, I love that you did! 🙂