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2016- The Year Of Changes

Is it just me, or has 2015 been insane??  I feel like I’ve had a lifetime of stress, drama, and negativity all wrapped into a 365 day package.  It’s time for a change, and I think 2016 is going to be a year of changes for me.

Welcome to 2016

In January, I’m going into my last semester of school.  I love school. I love learning.  If I had my way, I’d just be a career student (maybe minus some of the workload).  But we’re wrapping it up, and I’m terrified of what comes next!

Mainly because…I have no idea.

In a week, I’ll be starting my new internship with Habitat for Humanity.  I’m excited and nervous- I have such high hopes for it!

I graduate in May and after that, things become questionable…I have a few ideas of paths I want to pursue, but I think I’ll keep those close to my vest for now 🙂  (Stay tuned!)

What I know for sure:  I probably will not be staying where I’m at.  The truth is, the opportunities in my area are limited (at least for what I want out of life). So a move is almost certainly imminent!

I’ve been in the process of re-inventing Handicraft and Whimsy, moving it back to the direction I originally imagined for it.  I think when I started my adventure into making crafting a business, I had a short-term goal to get my work out there via the online marketplace.  And because small items are easier and more realistic for shipping, I focused on a very specific direction.

Dresser before and after
I love refinishing pieces and giving them new life!  Whether it’s 160 year old wood or 2 year old laminate.

Now I want to focus back on what my original vision was- refurbishing and re-imagining pieces.  I’m still working out the logistics, but it’s so much truer to my vision for H&W!

I’m also having fun with woodcraft.

ohana project
New stencil. New unfinished wood. New wood stain. PROJECT!

There’s just something really fun and fulfilling about power tools, sanding blocks, and paint and stain on your hands, ya know?

I also have a plan to expand my woodcraft skills and play with my power tools more (We’ll see how that goes…). 

One thing is for sure- I want to be open to possibilities in 2016!  It’s going to be a crazy, crazy ride, and I’m terrified  excited to see how it goes!

What’s in store for your 2016?  Is it a year of changes for you too?

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5 thoughts on “2016- The Year Of Changes

  1. Ummm…. congratulations on getting the internship!!! Did you think you would jinx it if you shared the news when you found out? lol! I really think this is going to be your year – just remember, when opportunity knocks, it’s not always where you’d expect it to be, and, if you don’t open the door, you can’t let it in!

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  2. Congratulations on your internship!!! And you are awesome at refinishing!😍
    Good luck in 2015. You are right, 2015 was a very stress filled year, thank God we are starting fresh. I made one resolution to limit my internet time. I will do this!!! Ugh!
    Good luck Carrie and happy new year!
    Oh, and I am an INFJ too 😉

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  3. Congrats on the internship! Sounds like 2015 was an interesting year and 2016 will be even better as you keep working toward your goals. I love your refinished furniture. I was part of a buy, sell, trade group on Facebook and sometimes people would put up their refinished pieces. It was specific to my county so you might see if there’s something for your county or city. Also, sometimes antique shops have booths you can set up in to sell pieces not sure how much they charge to rent space but might be worth checking out. Just some ideas 🙂
    Good luck! Happy New Year! It’s gonna be a good one 😀

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I’m definitely ready to leave 2015 in the dust and have some big changes in my life! I need to check into those ideas for selling- I’ve mainly been focusing on the flea market/ craft show ideas, but those can get expensive to have a space at! Good tips! 🙂

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