Losing My Way

The last two years have meant very different things for me and Hydrangea Hippo. Changes in all kinds of ways and failures and successes and health issues and health improvements and moves and move-ins and working with a design team… well. A lot is different.

At some point I did not want to scrapbook any more.  At some point I did not want to make stuff any more. At some point I did not want to blog any more. At some point I did not want to share. It really is a narcissistic kind of thinking to believe that everyone wants to read whatever it is I have to say. I was looking at things all the wrong way.


February through May all I wanted to do was stay home and clean my house, organize, work on unfinished projects, try to get my life in order after months of losing my weekends and month of traveling last year.


I tried to blog through it. I mean, I had lots of stuff to post about and for a few weeks, I rarely posted at all. Thanks goodness DT Coord Nancy Keslin had my back and made sure we looked alive.


I don't think I would call it depression. I don't know what I would call it. A re-set?

After all the teaching and traveling and scrambling and working and lifting and photographing and shipping I think I lost my way. I mean, why do I DO what I DO? And what the heck do I DO, anyways?! Do I still want to sell? Do I still want to teach? What is my business? Why do I have a design team? What does my “career” look like? Why do I hate doing the things I loved to do before? Even filing and doing my books–I used to love knowing where everything was and now I want to make a bonfire out of it all. I want to get a bulldozer and just bury all of it.

And my newsletter….oy vey I have not sent a newsletter in forever–you all must think I have died or something! Moving a blog and not sending a newsletter and not teaching in stores anymore…I did fall off the face of the earth. Yes, I am still on my beloved Facebook and Pinterest and YouTube but if you didn't already know to find me there, well, I was missing. I was lost.


I don't know what this blog and business and company will look like in the coming months or years. I do know there are changes I want to make. There are things I want to do differently. Things I want to add. Things I think will bring more value to YOU. Things I think will help me be a better teacher/mentor/crafter/creator.

With all that I have swirling in my head, I want to know what you would like to see. What do you miss? What do you want to see that is new? What should I ditch altogether?

Why? Because at the end of the day, the reason anyone blogs is YOU. Without YOU, I'd have no blog. It used to be my blog was a way for people to find me and my classes. Then a way for people to find my etsy shop and classes. And now I want to change that focus. I think it is time.



Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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5 thoughts on “Losing My Way

  1. Hugs….I know it has been a rough time these last few months, but I have faith that you will find your way through this and come out even better on the other side, regardless of what direction you take. I know I have enjoyed having you as a mentor, learning new techniques, and the fabulous products in your store and look forward to working with you in whatever capacity I can help. Hugs….Nancy

    Posted on June 27, 2013 at 9:19 pm
  2. I am right there with you Jen. Lost my mojo all together. I have not been crafting or blogging since my surgery the first of May. I have a new focus. I spend more time moving/exercising and trying to get healthy. I realize that the hours upon hours of setting and crafting were contributing to my poor health. Do I want to give it up for good? No. Do I need to set it aside for awhile? Yes.
    Just do what you need to do to make yourself happy. You readers will still be here when you are ready to share. Best of luck to you in what ever paths you choose.

    Posted on June 28, 2013 at 4:41 am
  3. Thanks for sharing. I think we all experience something similar at times. Questioning and refocusing, always makes you come back stronger! Best wishes.

    Posted on June 28, 2013 at 5:29 am
  4. This was a very honest and telling post. I can’t say what I’d like to see from H.H. because I’ve always been inspired, informed and motivated by what you do and how you do it. Personally, I never found my niche in the paper crafting world and so I just stepped away. In stepping away, I discovered a love for design…which spawned a new business venture. Creative people are always evolving. I respect and salute your evolution and I look forward to seeing what unfolds.

    Posted on June 28, 2013 at 6:03 am
  5. I follow you on Pinterest, Facebook, etc. I just look. I don’t comment much but I feel you inspire me. So whatever you decide WILL be the right thing, And we will all still love you no matter what. Jennifer maybe now IS the time to rest and reevaluate and decide what you want to do. That’s not a bad thing. Sometimes you can only answer those questions when you step away, when you aren’t immersed to deeply. You need to see the forest not just the trees. Good luck with getting to the answer and we will all be waiting, very patiently.

    Posted on June 28, 2013 at 8:23 pm