For a couple weeks now, I have felt the need to share my heart a little bit. I have struggled through this blogging and handmade business owner journey, to know exactly where I want to be. You see, my natural tendencies are to be a people pleaser, afraid of failure, and to be shy. I struggle with comparing myself to other bloggers and wonder why Im not as big as them. The fear of failure kicks in and says “you might as well stop because there are others out there better”. The fear of people thinking I am dumb, or braggy with my handmade creations or thoughts, stifles me at times. But what I have come to realize, is those two people with me above, they are really all that matters. They both love me dearly and I need to find my security in that as far as my relationships. Most of all Jesus loves me even more, and I feel I need to share my faith on this blog. At times I have wanted to just stop writing more personal thoughts, but I feel called to write them. I think as a whole, with this blog I have tried different things to gain followers, or be the next great blog. I have been scared to categorize it, or actually say, this is what I write about. Like I said, I am a people pleaser at heart and want everyone to love what I am doing. However, that is not a reality.
I have done a lot of thinking over the past couple weeks. What exactly do I want the Ruffled Stitch to be about? When I started blogging, I didn’t really know what I wanted, other than I really liked to sew. So I kind of floundered around in anything from DIY, to recipes, to some very awful clothing projects :0! I eventually found what I thought would be exactly what I wanted to do forever with my handmade business, but have since found a different passion. You see, I am beginning to see that quitting and starting something new, it’s not failure. I am glad for all the learning experiences I have had along the way. I am not sure making wallets is what I will be doing forever. If I ever do stop making them, I know they were not a failure, they were a huge blessing and came with loads of learning experiences! Overall though, I have realized my two passions are sharing my heart/ encouraging you as a person, and sewing. I love them both. I can’t pick one. With that said, I just really want to bring it to light for both of us. I want to release myself to be free to write on those two topics without worrying about what other people think, and let you know exactly what The Ruffled Stitch is all about. I love that you are here, and want you to stay, but I also want to stop skirting around exactly what I am about. So that is what you will be reading about here on this blog, sewing and faith/encouragement. Oh and of course the random family things that I want to document for myself to remember.
I am first and foremost a mom and wife before I am owner of The Ruffled Stitch. It has taken me awhile to be okay with that. When goals weigh on me heavy and I worry I will never get to them, I start putting RS first. That is not what I want to do. I am starting to see the joy of the journey as a good thing. Like I said, things change, and change doesn’t mean failure. I want to enjoy the journey, not worry about it. Life really is about the small things.
So it’s official, The Ruffled Stitch, it’s about sewing and encouragement. I want to share tips and tricks about sewing. I want to share garments I have made and review patterns. I want to share the latest items from my Etsy shop. And eventually I want to release my own garment patterns. I also want to encourage you to be brave. To enjoy the everyday moments in life. To let you in on real life. Real life that is more than smiling faces on social media. Real life when you feel like a failure, when you have about had it with your kids, when the laundry seems overwhelming. I want to share with you that you are not alone, that it is okay and that Jesus loves you. I want to encourage you by sharing my heart. I am so glad you are here, but I want you here because you want to be here. Do you like my blog? I am so glad you are here and thankful I can share with you, feel free to share it with a friend! To get in on even more fun stuff, follow me on Instagram @darcyschock.