Hello, lovely swappers!
All evidence to the contrary, I have not fallen off the face of the earth.
I know it's been awfully quiet around here. So quiet that you've started sending me emails, asking if I was okay. I'm happy to report that I'm doing very well.
You may remember that I started a new job at the beginning of November. All of October was spent wrapping up my old job and hiring/training my replacement. With that behind me, I launched immediately into my new job and have spent an intense month cramming in as much learning as I can. I feel like I'm finally coming up for air, and I can see that I'm really going to like my new position. I'm excited and energized (and slightly exhausted) by its possibilities.
All of this day-time intensity has made me want to do nothing but read, watch TV, and sleep during my non-work hours.
And now it's the holiday season, in which I historically remove myself from all things swap-related so that I can focus on time with my family.
So what does this mean for MMSA in 2015?
I don't know.
In early October I had quietly made up my mind to stop hosting, but now, after a number of swap-free weeks, I'm having second thoughts. I think I will miss it if I go cold-turkey.
The thing is, swaps take a lot of time.
Each one takes at least 10 hours when you factor in all the scanning, tracking, blog posting, and actual mailing. It's a huge time commitment, and it's kept me from working on my own art, and my personal correspondence.
I've absolutely loved doing it, and it's brought me a lot of joy, but as soon as my life got stressful this fall my feelings changed. Swapping started to feel like a burden and a chore, and I resented the time it took away from my own pursuits. I never want to feel this way about this group, so it's time to scale back.
We'll see what January brings. Maybe a once a month swap will strike the right balance for me. In the meantime, if you know of any other swaps going on out there, send me an email, or leave me a comment and I'll post info about them on the blog. And I've been working on a detailed post about how I organize the MMSA swaps in case any of you are thinking of hosting your own swap once in a while.
Finally - the round postcards went out in Monday's mail. I hope they start arriving in your mailboxes today!
Thanks for your friendship in 2014.
I'll see you in the new year!