Friday, June 17, 2011

The Reveal Part II: Circle of Friends

I've said it once, and I'll say it again -- I am thankful for blogging.  In years to come, I will probably say it a few times more.  (That is a warning.)  But, I want you to know, that  I really am.

Because of blogging, I stopped being lazy about trying to keep a journal.  I wrote more about the things going on in the life of my family -- good, and not so good.  I look back on hundreds of posts, and think "Boy I wish I would have done a better job recording our life 10 years ago."  But there weren't blogs then, and for some reason, blogs just make it easier to write and organize your thoughts as well as include pictures.

I love that blogging has allowed us to share ideas.  I am inspired as I look around and see what everyone is doing.  There is so much creativity out there, it makes my mind reel.  The possibilities are almost overwhelming.

I'm also thankful for the people that blogging has brought into my life.   My circle of friends has expanded clear around the world.  Isn't that a miracle?   I love that as we read and learn about eachother, can can leave comments, which lead to chatting, which leads to friendship.

Through blogging, I became friends with Meg (pictured), Lindsey, Jenny, Bethany, Genevieve, Nanette, Courtney, Stephanie, Lisa, Emily, Kristi, Lyndsey, Angie, Elizabeth, Sarah ...... and so many others ( I apologize, if I didn't include your name here.)

One of the things that has been going through my mind a lot lately is "How can I get some these women together in person for a weekend of creating?"  Some of us having been doing it for years, while others are just beginning their creative journey and want so much to learn.

Those thoughts, coupled with Melanie's great Gingham Project,  fueled the mega idea that became R&R --   a weekend of creating and sharing our creative spirits, connecting in person; and by doing so, helping women on the other side of the world the chance to do something similar -- create (and earn an income to to help their children.)

I shared this idea with several of my cyber friends -- Lyndsay Johnson, Sarah Bradford, Matthew and Jenny Mead, Linda McDonald, Reahel Bagley, Sarah Sample ..... and every single one of them said "Let's do it!"

Then I asked the people I see and know up close -- Wendy, Eve, Chantel, Kristen, Betty, Karen .....
They all said "I'm in!!!"

I am fortunate to know such good, good people ....  willing to jump on board and be a part of a big idea.

So for weeks we've been talking and planning, and Lyndsay has been slaving away at our A.MA.ZING website, and yesterday it all came together.  We launched R&R.

I look forward to February.   I'm excited to get away from the mundane chores and have a moment to laugh my head off, and be inspired by the exchange of ideas.  I'm excited to talk to people in person that I've emailed with for years.  I'm excited to have a big block of time to sit around a table and make stuff with people I enjoy so, so much.  I'm excited to open the circle even wider, and make new friends, which includes the women of Tamil Nadu.

I hope that you will come and join the circle too.



Nanette said...

I found the website yesterday and jumped up and down at my computer! Thankfully I didn't damage anything! You are so amazing-what a wonderful plan!!! I am SO looking forward to this event!!!!

Genevieve said...

Ahhh! I'm JUST reading this now!! So exciting Crystal!! My wheels are spinning!! :)

Jenni said...

i have been away from the computer/internet for two weeks and i come back to read not one, but two reveals!!!

first, let me say how much i have missed you! don't get me wrong, working/vacationing in jamaica was amazing...

oh, i m so wanting to be a part of this weekend and hoping that i will be able to attend! going to try and make plans starting now! lola's birthday is on the 12th, so it is going to be tricky, but i am crossing all body parts to get a few lessons and to be part of something so amazing!

meg duerksen said...

hey girlie.
how nice to see my face in your circle of friends post. :)
i have been thinking about you a lot this week!
my oldest left for a missions trip when yours came home. hope you are doing well.
can't wait to hear more about R&R :)

songskatesang said...

Love it! Blog friends rock!!