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I've always had a passion for creating. It didn't really matter what. I'd just get an idea into my head and go for it. I love learning new things, just for the sake of learning them. My friends and family laugh at me because I'll see something on TV, at a craft show or even in a mall and say "I could do that" and next thing you know, I'm on my computer researching.
If you ask me, the purpose of life is just to learn - everything is a learning experience, and there is always something new to learn. You just have to go out and find it.
Because of that, I've had trouble figuring out exactly what I want to do with my life. I always wanted to get married and have kids (and have found an amazing husband and have a beautiful son), but I always had a hard time figuring out what to do career-wise. I've studied a lot of things - both in school and on my own time. I thought I was going to be a graphic designer, and studied that for a year - then Theater Production (set building, lighting, audio, ect) for another year, then computer programming... but somewhere in there, for a variety of reasons, I decided that what I really wanted to do was work from home, set my own hours and be able to spend time with my family.
Then the problem was what could I do from home? I was a freelance writer for a while, and I still do that on the side. I also sell repurposed crafts, do a bit of web design and graphics work... but I got bored with all of those too quickly. My mind would start wandering to other things, other ideas, new things to try out.
Then I met Faye from BaubleBin and WoodcotDesigns. I needed some beads for a project, and she needed some baked goods for the holidays. We live in the same area, so we met up and made a trade. She included a few necklace kits in that trade, and when I finished my holiday projects I opened them up and tried them out.
The result was a week of sketching, searching out supplies and tools, and experimenting with whatever ideas came to my mind. I'm still learning but I'm loving it, and I have an endless supply of ideas. I'm also going to be taking a jewelry and metals course in college starting in Fall 2011! I'm so excited just from thinking of all the possibilities... I already have tons of sketches of things that I don't have the slightest idea how to make, but I can't wait to learn!