Craft Bloggers Unite 11/21/08

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Friday 21 November 2008 at 7:49 am

Taking the career path into crafting is not always an easy direction to take. We often hear from well-meaning friends and family statements like, “Why do you spend so much time on that? How can you be sure you’ll make any kind of money ___________ (fill in your chosen craft medium)?”

I had many of the same questions and doubts when I returned to school a few years ago for another graduate degree. And those doubts started to hammer in my head as well. I knew what I was doing was a big gamble. I was gambling money and time as I continued to pay high tuition costs out of my own pocket (no fellowships, student loans, zip). I also scaled back on my career opportunities, taking lower-level jobs so that I could make school a priority. What would happen when I graduated? Well, I wasn’t exactly sure. Luckily, it worked out in a big way. I got the job of my dreams, and just about on a daily basis the gamble I took paid off.

This experience only validated what I’ve always believed: listen to your gut no matter what and go for your dreams! I thought that since many of my craft blog buds have done the same thing as they continue to build their craft careers that this was a good time to mention this, especially with a new year on the horizon.

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