“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius
More than anything, I’ve always something that I could be passionate about. This passion was missing from my day-job, so couldn’t it be redirected to something that I loved to do?
“People rarely succeed unless they have fun with what they are doing.” Dale Carnegie
For 17 years, my day-job was as an accountant for a small business that offered decent pay and a very flexible schedule – gifts that I did not take for granted with two young boys and a busy husband. What it did not offer, however, was neither challenge nor inspiration. But I made it work because of the other busy-ness of my life.
When my sons left home for college and the busy-ness of children at home no longer filled my off-hours and I felt lost.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” Joseph Campbell
About this time is when I started blogging. I always enjoyed quilting, so I made a commitment to putting out a good quilting blog, posting several times a week, invested in searching out projects, writing tutorials, and pushing ahead with ways to increase my readership and get more traffic. That’s what passion is, right?
After a few months of blogging I had the sneaking suspicion that I wasn’t doing anything THAT special in the grand scheme of it all. And, to tell you the truth, the pressure to compete and to create started to take the fun out of quilting. Daily posts, weekly projects, tutorials – it was starting to seem like I was swimming upstream more than making a splash.
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” E.E. Cummings
As you know, in the midst of all this, I accepted a full-time accounting position with a consulting company to help our family.
And I promised myself that no matter how ill-prepared I felt, I would accept every assignment that they put me on. The challenges, the learning, all the different people that I get to meet and work with – it changed the way I look at my accounting career. I can honestly say that I dig what I’m doing.
It’s a little ironic that my most recent quilty finish is “Crossroads.”
Here’s a close-up the the quilting:Most of these fabrics are Kaffe Fassett gems that I’ve collected – the “Roman Glass” areas of the cross are quilted with bubbly shapes and the rest is quilting with overall paisley swirls.The back is a gaudy print that I bought from the “Glorious Colour” website for $4 a yard – believe it or not, it seems to anchor all the silliness on the topside.The crossroads seem to fade in and out amongst all the prints. I love it.
I decided that I want my quilting hobby to be fun again. I want to take on projects that I really want to do, not that I think I should do. I want to write about what’s knocking around in my head, with no pressure to do so if I don’t want to.
And dern it, if I want to ramble, I will.
“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” Kurt Vonnegut from Man Without A Country.
Go make a quilt. And do it because it’s fun.
(By the way – this is my 200th post!)
All the best,