I have always tried to play it safe, went to college, got my graduate degree, worked at jobs with guaranteed paychecks, but I was never totally happy ... my mind was always somewhere else. I taught elementary art for a year and thought that was about the best job since sliced bread. I loved working with kids, but I especially loved being involved with art, my passion had been rekindled. If only I could make it into a viable living!
Growing up, my mom was a huge crafter, and I loved going into fabric shops with her and looking at all the designs and feeling all the textures, but I never actually made a quilt. I always thought those are so beautiful, I could never make anything as beautiful as that! Then, about five years ago on Christmas break I picked up an issue of American Patchwork and Quilting and began reading stories about professional quilters. That's when my dream was born. I began quilting and you know what? I began making some of those beautiful quilts I had always envied from afar. They weren't always perfect, but that's okay. My mom always says, "That's how you know they're yours." (Remember that the next time you make something ;) )
Well this summer I took the biggest leap of my life, pooled all of my money, and started my business. I absolutely love owning my own business. Things have started slow, this summer I had to work at just getting my patterns ready, getting my website designed and learning to long arm quilt, but things continue to pick up. I have learned that the Internet is great, but there's still no substitution for good old face-to-face networking! In 2013 I hope to do some shows, join guilds and continue teaching to help with that.
There have definitely been times when I have thrown my arms up in the air and wanted to call it quits, but those days are fewer and more far between than the days that I am totally enveloped in what I'm doing. More than anything what I'm doing just feels right, and I have never had that feeling with anything else I've pursued.
Looking back at 2012 makes me think about my own personal resolutions for 2013, which are:
- Continue growing Cherry Valley Designs;
- Work to develop my blog and share more openly (and getting better about sharing photos of myself ... I am seriously the most un-photogenic person ever); and
- Exercise more - in the past year I have gotten really good about taking daily walks, but I'd like to mix things up a bit and work on getting more toned.
And just to show you I'm serious about the whole photo thing ...
|Me and the WannaBe-110-Pound-Lap-Dog! LOL :)|
Wishing you a Safe and Happy New Year!