Hey! I’m Stacey! Welcome to Searching for Wonderland! I’m crazy glad you’re here, and even more excited that you’re interested about learning a little more “about me.” I’ve been blogging for years, but the problem is that it’s all been in my head. Seriously. I have narrated more blog posts in the comfy confines of my own mind space than I even want to think about. But somehow I never manage to take a few minutes to pen them down and publish them. It’s just sad.
I’ve reached a point in my life where I’ve realized that circumstances aren’t going to change unless I do. I’m a happily married, thirty-somwthing graphic designer. I work in a cubicle for 9 hours a day and go home to my husband, three cats, and two ferrets. I try to cook halfway healthy dinners but we’re usually both so tired we settle for pizza or take-out. I used to write, and craft, and sew, and crochet, but most nights now I end up on the couch watching tv or indulging in the latest video game. I used to be full of energy and creativity, but now I’m mostly just tired. Over the last several years I have gained a lot of life skills and more than a few pounds but I’ve lost a lot of what made me… well, ME. In college, I knew exactly where I wanted to go, but I didn’t have a realistic idea of how to get there. Now I have all the reality I can handle.
The years since graduation haven’t been all bad. I spent six months working at Walt Disney World in Florida, operating It’s a Small World, among other attractions (and yes, that song still sends me into a self-induced panic.) I married the guy of my dreams and traveled to Tokyo for the honeymoon of a lifetime. I’ve traveled to Hong Kong, Paris, Munich, Heidelberg, Prague, and Japan again. I’ve completed two NaNoWriMo novels (and if you’re not yet familiar with NaNoWriMo, I promise you will be soon!) I managed to finally get a “grown-up” job in my field of study and grown my design skills. And I’ve tried to maintain some level of craftiness. I have failed more than succeeded, but I’m happiest when I’m creating, so I’m heading back to the craft room, and this time, I’m taking you with me.
I plan to fill this space with my projects and life’s observations. Look forward to my crafts, sewing, crochet, writing, design (anybody like printables?), and my travels, both past and future! I’ve been reading blogs for years and years, fantasizing about the day I’d have my own blog to share my picture perfect life with the world. My life is nowhere near perfect, in fact far from it, but I’m going to share it anyway. I’ve learned that laughing at my failures is better than dwelling on them and they only help me grow. Maybe someone out there would be just as entertained and enlightened by my misadventures as I am!
So thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for taking the time to stop by my blog and to learn a little about me. I hope you’ll stick around! I need all the encouragement I can get, and I hope to return the favor!