All of my adult life I have had a fear of change. That nauseating, drop in the pit of my stomach whenever anybody suggests a new career, moving to a different house, or any other event that would change my everyday life. Even the purchase of a new vehicle has always made me feel ill and anxious, although ultimately I end up excited and love getting behind the wheel for the very first time.
The fact that I have worked at the same job now for almost 30 years (yes, you read that right!) and we have lived in the same home for almost 20 years is a testament to my need to keep my life predictable and the same.
Yet, every day, change happens all around me. I know it’s inevitable and something I can’t control. And I’m trying to learn how to embrace rather than fear it through understanding why I feel this way and how I can get past it.
The last few years have brought some significant changes in our lives with both of our children moving away from home and going to college, and now one of them living much too far away for my liking! Having an empty nest was difficult for me at first (yes, there were a significant number of tears), but I have learned to appreciate the quiet and solitude of just the two of us again.
So, with our house empty of children, and more time for us to focus on the things we love to create, after many months of discussions and I must admit, finding never ending excuses on my part (there is that fear again), we decided to launch our website and create Cardinal 21 Designs.
Our goal is to provide you with unique, custom made and repurposed furniture and home decor as well as share our love of creating by offering workshops and sharing our ongoing projects.
Our website, business and products will constantly be evolving in response to your feedback to us, so please let us know what you like and what you would like to see more of. Because change is good.