Tuesday, May 8, 2012

New Beginnings

For some time now I have been thinking about what I want to do with my life. I grew up with my parents telling me that if you want something you need to work for it. I never paid much attention then, but now that I find myself stuck in the rut of the office routine, it seems to make more sense.

I want things. Most of all, I want to spend my days doing something that I enjoy. I want to get up in the morning and look forward to the day. I don't want to spend my life working in an office, at a job that I am good at but do not have a passion for. All the while sneaking in the things that I enjoy doing in the small amount of spare time that I do have, and making time for my husband and stepson.

So I have come up with a plan.

I am a crafter. At the moment, I mostly knit (although not even that at the moment. But more on that in another post). I also crochet, cross-stitch, sew, and would love to try my hand at many other things. Crafting is my passion. It is what I want to spend my days doing.

Now, of course I realise that, living in tiny New Zealand, this isn't going to be that easy, and, in fact, it may not even be achievable. So I'll need to supplement the crafting with something else.

So, here's my plan.

I am going to go back to school, extra-murally, while still keeping my boring office job, and learn web design. A large amount of business is done via the Internet, and web design is a field that is already in high demand. I have a good head for computers, as well as design, and my current job has given me an appreciation for the need for everything to be useable above all. So I think I'll do alright.

That's Part One. Part Two is as follows.

I want to work fibre and textiles into my life more. To do that, I'm planning to start with Angora Rabbits. Only one or two to start off with, just so I can get my head around what it takes to care for them, and the work involved in shearing them.

I've already booked into a spinning class with my mum (who is also crafty), so hopefully eventually I'll be able to spin the angora fibre into yarn, and either use it in my own projects, or sell it to other spinners and knitters.

I've also started designing a knitting pattern, for an Art Deco shawl. If it works, and looks good, I hope to sell it on Ravelry, and begin supplementing my income that way as well.

So, that is the plan. It's also coupled with the fact that I want to lose some weight, so I'm trying to eat healthy, and exercise more. All in all, I'm really looking to change my life. This blog will act as a medium for me to record my progress, and hopefully if I get followers, a means to keep me on track and working hard.

I think I can do it. I get excited when I think about it all. I think its a realistic plan.

Wish me luck!

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