Sure & Steadfast Anchor
Hello friends! I printed my first wood engraving last week, and i'm excited to share it with you!
To see my progress getting to this point, check out these previous blog posts: Week One and Week Two. I finished the project off by printing it on Magnani's Pescia, along with some lovely 30 pt. Century Nova Italic lead type. (And now it's about to get real honest up in here - consider yourself
warned encouraged to proceed.)
My career so far has been a major learning experience (starting a small business at 23 means you're figuring it out as you go along), and this project was a really clear reminder that I need to give myself some patience as I'm learning. I made a lot of mistakes while engraving this piece. There's no way to put something back once you've slipped and carved it out. But looking at it now, I can see what I learned with each mistake - and though I was tempted to photoshop out the imperfections, they're part of the process and I want to remember the lessons learned.
It was really refreshing to work on a creative project that isn't "work." Don't get me wrong, I LOVE that my job allows me to be creative all the time - but deadlines, bills, and the general pace of life can make even the best project feel like work. It's so easy for me to feel like i'm being tossed around on the waves. There really isn't a manual for how to grow a business, lead a team, and have a healthy body & marriage all at once. It's hard, and I often find myself feeling like i'm floating out to sea.
I tend to come back around to the same questions over and over. How do I stand firm in the middle of this crazy life? What hope and purpose do I have in this uncertain world? It often feels like too much, too hard, too scary, too exhausting.
A few months ago, the pastor at our church gave a sermon on that really stuck with me. In the midst of my busy, uncertain life, I've held these verses of Scripture close to my heart.
When I feel like i'm adrift, I can stand firm in the strong encouragement and hope that is before me, that I have a perfect Father who has chosen me, pursued me, healed me, saved me, and made my broken heart whole. He is unchanging, and I am never alone.
This little piece of artwork is a reminder for me of all of those things - and I would love to share an anchor with you, as a gift. If you'd like me to send you one, or even if you'd just like to talk, you can e-mail me: (sara AT constellationco.com)