When Did You Know?

When I was young I was very crafty.  I spent years sewing, making jewelry, drawing, and general crafty projects.  When it was time to decide what I wanted to go to college for, I did not know what I wanted to do.

I wish I would have known what I wanted to do, cause I would have gone to school for jewelry design.  I always said that if I had discovered art and jewelry design much earlier in my life, I may be in a different place right now.

That being said I did not discover jewelry making or anything art related until my mid thirties, and now I can't get enough.  I enjoy everything about art and when I made it part of my life, I knew that this is what I wanted to spend my life doing.

I stared making jewelry after I took a earring making class and loved it.  I went out the next day and bought everything I could afford so I could make my own jewelry.  I realized after a few weeks of making jewelry I knew that this is what I wanted to do, and 15 years later here I am.

What was the defining moment for you when you decided that art/crafting/creating was going to be a part of your everyday life?
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  1. I know exactly what you mean. I would have gone to design school without a doubt. I think that as we get older and find ourselves we then become aware of what we really want to do and who we are. Its a shame we dont know these things earlier in life. I am making up for it now at the age of 43 and loving it. Great post.

  2. Interesting post. When we are younger, we may not feel we could make a living doing something creative. For me, it was a trip to the craft store. I picked up some inexpensive jewelry making supplies and tools. A couple of months later I started selling online! I am 36 years old now and am itching more and more to be working on my jewelry business full time and this seems like an attainable goal now. ~Val

  3. Wow, that's a great story. I know we all kind of have regrets from not discovering our passions earlier, but I always think it comes to us just at the right moment. Who knows where you would be if you'd made other choices?

  4. Nancy, good point, thanks for sharing.

  5. I knew in high school I wanted to be an artist. Went to college for graphic design, and while I like it, it wasn't until one of the last couple semesters that I discovered book binding, and realized that my fibers classes were more interesting to me than the graphic design ones. I realized I love doing hands on things, not just sitting in front of a computer all day (which, ironically, is my day job, but it's not art related at all). It was also in college that I stumbled upon map making and now, a couple years later, I'm finally adding maps to my shop, and already have various ones around my house. I only hope it takes off...

  6. Thanks for sharing your story!

    I knew I would write from the time I was about 3. I remember reciting books my mother had read to me all the time, and I actually have Sleeping Beauty recited on tape before I knew how to read. We read constantly! I don't remember much from then until I was about 6, and I started writing short stories about my made up characters.

    My first attack of inspiration was in the summer before my Freshman year of high school. It felt amazing! I busted out a book (unpublished) in less than 3 months and loved it. I began not just writing creative stories but fine tuning my writing skills.

    As an adult, I write for businesses. I like the feeling of helping businesses grow, and by doing lots of projects I get to write about a variety of topics all the time. I love every second of it!

    -Tiffany Rainey with Will Write 4 Food




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