The Beginning of a New Crafty Lifestyle

I'm at a loss for what to say or where to begin.
Let me announce: I was laid off from work this week.
 While I wasn't too upset, I was surprised and a little sick to my stomach. The thought of "what next" gives me a mini panic attack each time I think too hard about it. Yet, it also opens up the door to all the experiences and chances I've been wanting to take, all the things I've been wanting to try. Without a silly old job, now's my chance. . . right? But, where do I start on this new adventure? What's the path I should take or should I just blaze my own trail?

Pat and I are fortunate enough that he makes a good living for us and has a stable position at the company.  As such, I don't have to be in too big of a rush to jump back into full-time employment. Yet, he would prefer that I don't spend my time sitting around the house and 'playing in the craft room.' He wants to see some effort on my part and a real attempt to bring in at least a little income. [And, no. . .he's not bossing me around or acting like my father or anything like that. As my soul mate, he really does know me. That means helping me find a direction. Otherwise, I'll just flounder around without ever making a decision. His encouragement is really a blessing!]

I don't have a full-blown plan yet but rather a running mental list of what I want to do with this OPPORTUNITY.
 Obviously, I'd like to (1st and foremost) CRAFT more. Thus, I'll need to (2) start selling my wares to meet Pat's "monetarily-productive" request. Of course, being the neurotic I am, I have to (3) start with some 'training.' As well, having the opportunity to (4) blog more often and share this process is definitely in the cards.
And that's where I stand right now.
What do you think? Any suggestions, tips, ideas, etc. . .

I'm excited, I'm nervous, I've got to be out of my mind []
Just had to get that out of my system. . . okay, here we go!!


  1. Good luck from a fellow Fairhoper. Psychology is good for all sorts of things. It helps you know yourself, and as long as you're pouring yourself into your craft, then the better you know yourself, the more authentic your work will be. Cheers, John.

  2. Thanks so much for the support!!

  3. I would buy one of those awesome bracelets you made me that didn't fit ;)

  4. I've sooooo been working on one for you. . .I've GOT to finish it soon. Now that I've got some time on my hands, that may be possible. I'll let you know!!


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