Fingers Crossed and Personal Growth

Fingers Crossed and Personal Growth

That look, with fingers crossed, is how I feel most of the time. 

“Living the Dream” of working for myself makes it sound like all rainbows and gumdrops but its actually a more daunting endeavor than it might seem. Every choice you make, and working for yourself you can make these decisions with sometimes reckless speed, affects your future directly. 

I don’t regret this decision for an instant. 

My family is still in the process of climbing out of our worst moment when we lost our home about 6 years ago. Its not something I talk about, I feel like its my biggest failure, but while its one of those times that remembering can still bring me to tears it is ultimately what allowed me to start down this road. Some Odd Girl is in the midst of  growing pains and lots of decisions but I know if done right could take us back to stability. 

Its July and I am getting ready for big plans (fingers crossed) to come to fruition in the fall and making plans for CHA in January 2015. I’m going to be sharing a lot of these behind the scenes with you as we make this transition, I feel like its time to share the things that make me uncomfortable, the personal growth from it is undeniable.

I’m not looking to be a craft-lebrity or something like that, I am a person with a passion who is finally coming to terms with who she is and am trying to be proud of it… something I’ve never been able to do.

Now you’ll have to excuse me as this first step makes me want to run back to my drawing pad. Its always been there for me.


  • Danni says:

    We all have those things in our past that have defined us, changed us and made us who we are today. Although they sucked at the time, I still think we need to go through things once in awhile so we can evolve, grow and adapt.

    You are truly an inspiration and I admire you so much for following your dream.

    Big hugs and I’m glad you came out from behind the drawing pad for a moment to share!!

    • Kristy says:

      Thanks Danni, its a big pad so its not easy 😉 I don’t know if its inspiring as much as not knowing better ha.

  • Lenny says:

    Don’t give up!! Don’t doubt yourself!! I think you’re doing great!!
    Love your work …euh…totally love your work!!
    I’m having so MUCH fun as an Odd girl and that wouldn’t be possible without you!!
    Loooots of good luck and fingers crossed over here too!!
    You can do it, Girl!!
    Go Kristy – Go Kristy – Go Kristy!!!

    • Kristy says:

      you’re just awesome Lenny! I’m nothing without you guys so the love is right back at ya. 🙂 Worry, doubt and criticism are my standard modes of operation so its tough to let it go.

  • MP says:

    Sounds like you are on the right path! Love your honesty! I totally love being a small part of your wonderful business ! Some Odd Girl is so awesome & I love spreading the word about how fab it is! Thanks so much! You are the best!

    • Kristy says:

      You’re a treat to have part of SOG, MP. 🙂 People like you is what makes it fun and rewarding. I’m never comfy with myself and that’s what I’m striving towards. I feel like by now it should be easier. Maybe opening up more will help.

  • Marcie S. says:

    You are one inspirational lady Kristy! I admire you and think you are one crafty, amazing woman! I love that you can reflect on the not so great times and move forward positively. 🙂

  • Suzanne says:

    I’m so hesitant to share personal things, too, so I know where you’re coming from! It’s especially hard to share the not-so-good news…and I admire you for not giving up and for being determined to turn the bad stuff around!

    I remember not too long ago when you were drawing chibi portraits (I bought one), and when Some Odd Girl was just a digital stamp company…and look at you now!

    I had a blast working in the booth with you at CHA, and am so happy to be one of your Odd Girls…if there’s anything more I can do to help you and Some Odd Girl in the next leg of the journey, let me know! *HUGS*

    • Kristy says:

      I super appreciate the offer, Suzanne! I have such a hard time letting go but definitely need to. You can be sure I’ll keep that in mind 🙂 I’m glad you’re one of my Girls too. HUGS!

      • JudyBags says:

        I look up to you so much. This real and honest post makes me admire you even more. Just remember that all of the hard times you go through only make the good times that much sweeter. I agree with everyone else….look what you have done. Keep those fingers crossed and keep on pursuing your passion! No matter what happens, you can always look back know that you went for it. That is something to be very proud of. To me you are a crafty-lebrity. Being a part of your team and getting a the opportunity to get to know you has been a dream come true for me. You rock my nards! 😉

        • Kristy says:

          nards… lolol.

          Hearing your story, from our time together in Vegas, makes me look up to you too and the amazing person you are. 🙂 we always have to look for that silver lining, don’t we?

  • Paola says:

    You are an inspiration Kristy! A strong , courageous woman. I am so proud and honoured to be on your DT team. Words from my favourite book. Don’t look backwards , don’t look forward, look upward. You’re doing it Kristy! Keep going ! 🙂

  • Leah the Orange says:

    well nobody could possibly question my love for you, Holmes, and i hope you know that whatever comes out, and however many steps you have to take, backward or forward, i am there for you and WITH you. i am so very proud of you for the huge decisions you’ve made for your happiness and how much growth has come from what started out as a little adventure. i am with you for many, many moons to come, and i support you in all you do and who you are.

    sending you big hugs, my wonderful bestie. i LUFFFF EWE!

    • Kristy says:

      you, my bestie, are making me all teared up before caffeine. I’m amazing grateful for this adventure you kicked off and that I get to share it with you 🙂

  • Charity Chamberlain says:

    Reading all the comments melts my heart! I so wish I had the friendships, love, and support that each of you share together. Unfortunately I lack that in my life. Kristy, sounds like we have some things in common. While I don’t know you on a personal level, I can say that I admire you in so many ways when it comes to your artistic talents. Your amazing! I’ve always felt that you can tell a lot about a person through their art and something tells me that you are an amazing person way beyond the art. I also admire you for opening up. It takes a strong person to open up and share the parts of life that may not be the best or have not been the best. Good or bad, it’s what makes us grow in our journey, makes us stronger for the next journey, and guides us to live to the fullest for that journey. I wish you all the best in your personal life as well as the business side.

  • MelissaO says:

    You are a true inspiration! Look what you have accomplished – a wonderfully popular business that allows you to work at home, support your family, be there for your children… all by doing something you are passionate about – DRAWING! I LOVE your art and I know many others out there feel exactly the same.

    We have all made mistakes in life and without those we wouldn’t be the people we are today. Each mistake teaches us something and even though many past issues still inflict pain, we are learning to let go and growing stronger. You never have to apologize for your life. Let go of the past, look toward your future goals and be PROUD of who you are. You have accomplished so much so far, I cannot wait to see what plans you have hidden up your sleeve for you, and for SOG. YOU GO GIRL, life it too short not to follow your dreams…and I’ll be hanging around cheering you on.

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