Monday, January 23, 2012
Are you doing what you love?
The life that I had prior to October 2010 was filled with work, work related social events, and not much else. When the job that I had devoted my life to for so long suddenly came to an end, I found myself in need of a new direction. I realized that I had no desire to continue in the fast paced world I had been submerged in, but rather to focus my energy and efforts on the most important (and most neglected!) areas of my life; my home and family.
I quickly discovered that cooking, cleaning and gardening weren't enough to keep my fulfilled, though. So I sat down with a pad of paper and a pen and made a list of everything that I enjoy, in free form writing style, with no more concentration involved then keeping the pen from drifting onto the table. When I stopped and looked down, I saw a recurring theme. Words like clothes, fashion, couture, vintage, collections, hand made, sewing, embroidery, antiques, styling and designing jumped off the page. I had forgotten until that moment how much I loved to make clothes, design clothes and collect clothes! I had all but forgotten how much I loved fashions from the past; while I was working I was only able to indulge in my love of vintage through jewelry and accessories. No more! These days I dress in new look 1950's one day, and maxi dress and poncho 1970's the next. So fun!
It was during the days following that free form writing session that this blog was born. I started it to document my projects, but it has evolved into more of a documentation of my life.
These days I sew and stitch, create new recipes, collect and catalog vintage and take tons of photos. I am currently taking a blogging class, teaching myself photography and photo shop, and have another blogging class and then a photography class lined up for later this winter. I am working toward the dream of turning my passions into a business, because I've realized that life is just far to short to spend it doing anything less than what I love.
How about you? What do you love to do? I would really enjoy reading about it!