{10 20 2010}

Otherwise known as 10.20.10... That sounds like the perfect date to announce a little somethin-somethin I've been working on. I've vaguely referenced getting back to work, starting up a new venture, being creative again. I mean, we even enrolled Spencer in daycare! So what is it? After much encouragement from many of you, I'm hanging my shingle doing design "printables." What is that you ask? I'll be designing all sorts of cool (and pretty) things from cards, to invites, to announcements, to cupcake toppers, to banners, to gift tags... well, you get the idea... for purchase and/or customization. (And of course, fun freebies every so often!) I'll also be taking on some custom orders when I figure out the pricing, but please don't hesitate to inquire sooner!

The first step (for me) in this venture was to start a blog. The next stop is to get a shop up and running. And of course, actually designing the stuff. Overwhelming to say the least, but I keep reminding myself "baby steps, baby steps" and taking one thing at a time. And making lists on top of lists, of course. Many of my long-time readers know that a favorite quote of mine is "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." by Lao-tzu. So here we go, my first step.

With that, I'd like to invite you all over to my other blog (eek - I have two blogs!), leapfrog lane. 12,450 miles is where I wear my "mama-hat" and that's how I want to keep it. While I'll occasionally post some things here, the majority of it will be over there, where I'll be wearing my "designer-girl-hat" It's not much to look at right now, but I'll get there. Like I said, baby steps. In the meantime, be kind, okay?! (The key phrase here is "work in progress")

One more word before I go: Besides being a neat date to say 10-20-20-10 or 10-20-10, there's a little back story. The original date I had in mind to announce this was 10.10.10. Obviously, that didn't happen. But something really special did. I've been lucky enough to have made many wonderful friends along this adoption journey. Women who have made my life so much richer, so much more enjoyable. Each of them bring me smiles, laughs, and occasionally tears, every day via their blogs. Some of these incredible ladies, who I call my "seoul sisters," ran the Chicago marathon on 10.10.10. They battled pain, heat, and mental blocks to reach their goal of 26.2 miles. Every single one crossed the finish line (and, I believe, all of them ran across it). Throughout their training, they've been inspiring me. They set a goal, and each one accomplished it, no matter how hard it was. So ladies, thanks for inspiring me to try to reach my goal.