It feels like I’ve been hearing a lot lately about sewists taking the plunge and making sewing/crafting their part-time or full-time job… and I couldn’t be more excited for them. Lately I’ve read about Lynne opening a re-styling/re-purposing shop, Tilly and Lauren quitting their day jobs for craft-related endeavors, and Erin planning her move to full-time crafting after she finishes her PhD. And I’m sure there are many more out there!
While I have no plans or desire to make crafting my bread-and-butter career, I can absolutely relate to wanting to feel passionate about your job and being fulfilled by your work on a daily basis. To those of you diving in head first, I say go for it!! I’m sure it will make all the difference for you. : )
The photo above was taken in 2010 on the day I quit my old job, and I love how it captures the feeling of freedom and excitement that I was feeling about diving into a new chapter of my life. Granted, my new career is in academia and has nothing to do with sewing/crafting, but I felt the same sense of euphoria that I’m seeing in other sewing bloggers lately. I love it!
I’m a firm believer that enjoying your life on a daily basis is extremely important to one’s overall mental, emotional, and physical health. We spend the majority of our waking hours at work, so we had better enjoy it, right? I don’t expect work to be my favorite place to be or my favorite way to spend my time, but being bored/miserable at work is simply not an option for me. I have to feel passionate about it in one way or another, and that’s exactly how I feel now that I’m back in graduate school.
Anyway, I just wanted to recognize and congratulate these very inspired, creative, and brave women who are taking the plunge and following their passion. Here’s to new careers and many exciting opportunities to come! : )
Have you made a life-changing career move, whether related to crafting or not? Tell us about it!