Today is the start of something new.

Nov 7, 2015 by Lisa Spangler

Today is the start of something new — and I can’t tell you what that is just yet, because I don’t know myself.

What I can tell you is that yesterday was my last day working for Hero Arts.

(Yep, you read that right.)

I worked for Hero full time for almost 10 years, and I made cards for them for a year and a half before that. It wasn’t an easy decision to leave, but it was time for something new.

I had 4 weeks of vacation at Hero, so I’m gonna take some time off from working. Time to plan. Dream. Travel. Adventure. Sleep. Make stuff. Explore. Sleep some more. Try some new recipes I’ve been meaning to. Do a whole lotta cleaning. Organizing. Mail some cards. Paint. Play. Go hiking. Visit some prairies (sideoats!). Read some books. Drink some tea. And did I mention sleep? :)

Feels so good.

I can’t wait to see what my next adventure will be.

For now, I took a little time to play with acrylic paint.

Painting is Good For the Soul

See that hand cream up there? I got it at CHA last year at a hotel gift shop — yeah, I couldn’t resist the packaging. Just found it while cleaning my messy desk. :)

Thinking of the hotel make me think of my key card — I save key cards from everywhere I stay. And that made me think of playing with acrylic paint. So, I grabbed a hotel key card and swiped some acrylic paint onto a Kelly Purkey’s Grid Booklet. I have to admit, I love this deja blue paint so much.

Then I stamped the date with this mega date roller stamp and matching deja blue ink. I added some journaling with a navy le pen, and that was that. Anyone else out there have a thing for le pens? I’ve loved them for forever.

Hoping to have time to add a little something to this booklet every day.


36 Replies to “Today is the start of something new.”

  1. barbara lassiter says:

    Best wishes to you in the next phase of your creative journey! You’ve been an inspiration to me and to many others, I’m sure! Relax, play a little, get some sleep :) and let us hear from you. Hugs!

    1. Thanks so much, Barbara. Don’t worry, you’ll be hearing more from me — right after I get some sleep. Hugs!

  2. Maureen Morton says:

    Lisa, Whatever it is, you will be wonderful at it. You have been such a sweet inspiration to me for so many years – I feel like we are old buddies! Love your sprit, your kind soul and your quirky joy. Bless your heart. I wish you only the best and I hope we continue to hear from you. Big hugs.

    1. I feel the same way about you, Maureen! Big hugs back.

  3. Whatever you do, I know you will FLY!!! :) Can’t wait to see the butterfly once you are done sleeping. Until then, have some nice dreams.

    1. That is so beautiful Sally Lynn. Got a little teary over here. xoxoxo

  4. I am so looking forward to witnessing your next big adventure! Only great things can come from taking such a huge leap! Exciting!!

  5. Good luck all around. Leaving the known for the unknown can be the hardest decision to make.

  6. Miriam Prantner says:

    What a big decision/step/change! Hope that you have a wonderful month of rest and reflection! I’m excited to see what comes next for you!

  7. I feel like I should congratulate you. Only because very few people can say they worked the same job for ten years and loved it. I’m excited for your next stage in life. Enjoy it and your sleep.

  8. Thank u for all the inspirations at Hero Arts !
    Look so forward 2 hearing about the next chapter ;)

  9. You are an amazing woman! I hope you get your sleep! Let me know next time you are in Ohio and let’s try to get together!

  10. I admire you so much… always have. You have such a good heart and soul. Best wishes in your new adventure. Please know that your previous one left many footprints on my heart!

  11. Latisha Yoast says:

    I am so excited for you. Cheers to new adventures & just being ❤️

  12. Brave girl! Congratulations and best of luck for whatever is coming next for you.

  13. Aww Lisa. I’m so glad to call you a friend. I wish you a wonderful month of rest – but don’t do too much cleaning… ;) Enjoy the peace, prairies and painting. See you again soon. BIG HUGS. xxx

  14. Wishing you the best of luck in your new adventures- whatever they may be I’m sure they are going to be fabulous!!

  15. How exciting to move on to a new phase of your life! Enjoy your month of self-discovery and naps!

  16. I know that whatever you pursue you’ll do amazing work! YOU are such an inspiration!!!
    …that handcream made me LOL.

  17. Hi Lisa, I always enjoy your post at Hero Arts! I would miss you there, but I would visit you here. Thanks for the many inspirations and your kindness. I wish you all the best and happiness in whatever you would do next!! :)

  18. Lisa, you will be so missed at Hero Arts! But change is always good, and I can’t wait to see where your adventure leads you next – best wishes during this transition period!

  19. Wow! Good for you, Lisa! It takes a lot of courage to do that. Deep respect!
    I wish you all the best for your new adventures – I hope that you will still be blogging from time to time so that we are able to see some of your wonderful photos and creativity.
    Big huge hugs!

  20. Lisa,
    Sending hugs and huge congratulations on your monumental decision! Enjoy the rest and exploration going into your new chapter :)

    I, too, am a solid Le Pen fan. Used them for my notes in college over the last few years and have them at my desk at Every color! They have a great feel in my hand and make me happy to write & doodle with.

    Be kind to yourself, indulge in whimsies and splurges, go forth & conquer! Change is invigorating! You’ve got this!

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