Last week I celebrated my 55th birthday, and I want to thank everyone for the e-mails, cards and personal messages on Facebook and Instagram. I am feeling loved!
This morning I got this card from Donna, Penny and Joanne who work with me here at Sue Pelland Designs. Many of you know my amazing team of Suzettes, but if you don’t, here is the crew…celebrating with a margarita toast, then in Nashville on our way to a Paducah Quilt Show and then in NYC gazing at Christmas lights through Magic Glasses! From left to right with cowboy hats are Sue, Penny, Joanne and Donna.
It has been a trend in the last few years for people to choose a word of the year. I have neglected to do so knowing that I have a hard time sticking to just about anything for an entire year!
Yet, this word keeps popping into my mind, Grace. I have found that working primarily with women that we are all so hard on ourselves. We demand so much of ourselves whether at work, with family, our community, even our craft, we are often perfectionist and our own worst critics. We all need to give ourselves and those around us more Grace.
Notice that we are already three weeks into 2021…and I am just choosing now? That is me…always late to the party! I can’t get this word out of my head and its positive vibe is really inspiring me. So, you may see my word of the year pop up in e-mails, newsletters and in my workshops and presentations.
Grace has so many meanings…
It can be God’s Grace, which is the freely given and unmerited love of God for every human. Also, the Spirit of God which gives every person strength. By the Grace of God, we are all here together enjoying the sisterhood of quilting!
Grace can be a blessing before meals when we express how thankful we are for the abundance of food and company of those we eat with.
It can mean Courtesy. Give yourself the GRACE to make mistakes, to learn, to experiment and to play!
It can mean charm, elegance and poise. As in, the tulip leaves curved gracefully around the flower. I aspire to make all my applique flowers appear graceful!
Let 2021 be a year of Grace for all of you in every meaning of the word!