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What are you passionate about?

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling ~Fabienne Fredrickson

Fear and discomfort can paralyze you unless you choose to lean into your passion. When opportunity knocks, you are tempted to answer, right? Opening that door will be scary, will make your palms sweat, but may ultimately push you toward what you’ve been ignoring.

The things you are passionate about are actually your calling. When I decided to write my first book, I couldn’t help but wonder if I really knew enough about creating knitting patterns. Would people be able to follow along? Would I lose them? Would they love my style?

I realized that I DID know what I was doing. I WAS doing it. I had (still have) a successful Etsy shop, my blog had (still has) a strong following, I was doing interviews with successful creatives, and working my life was full.

My passion was my calling and I believe, to this day it still is. My books, Dishcloth Diva and Dishcloth Diva Knits On, are still going strong. They are found on Amazon, and will be added to my Etsy shop where my fans of my patterns can have them, as well.

I’ve recently tried a new adventure. Real Estate. For those that know me, and those that are just getting to know me, know that I’m realistic, emotional, passionate, sociable, grounded, adapt well to a situation, outgoing, though far removed from the “typical” real estate professional.

Oh, I wanted to be the best real estate agent in the worst way. I would spend the day at the office, look at properties online, send out handwritten notecards. People often ask me, why did you get into real estate? Well, my answer is always the same…HGTV.

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the struggle is real

I love the glamour side of showing a buyer a property, helping the seller get to the point to be able to list their home. But, what others don’t show/tell is the other side of real estate. The scary contracts, the negotiating and more negotiating, knowing your role, feeling a sense of concern for your sellers/buyers when it’s not going so well, being accused of putting words of others in their mouth, being so stressed out that my body struggles to stay well, and most importantly, for me, is challenge in making everyone happy. Because, as we know, that is utterly impossible.

The emotional side to all this is real. It’s a hard job. No, I’m not afraid of hard work, but honestly, the older I get the more I realize it’s on my terms. I come from a hospice nursing background where my job was to console and educate families losing loved ones.

Why do I mention that? That’s who I am. Whether I want to challenge that or not. I love who I am. I love the person I’ve become as I’ve gotten older. I just don’t love being stressed over something that’s not in my control.

Well, nothing is actually. 🙂

Today was an eye opener for me. I’m not sure where it came from, but it came through pretty loud this morning. I’m not about to ignore it.

Blogging is my passion; it’s something I’ve neglected because of the recent job shift. I’m about to find a way to take this passion of writing and put it into something that will help others see their passion, live through mine, and be a part of a community that feeds into a creative side.

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Because that’s what’s important, right? And, the reason you follow me here. Thanks for that!

What’s next, Deb, you’re probably wondering? Please stay tuned and find out. I’m sure it will be creative and involve a lot of knitting and writing.

So, for now, friends, decide what you’re passionate about. It may just be your calling.

Hugs,

Deb

 

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Dishcloth Diva’s Book Signing

The minute my publisher announced the book was ready to go to print, I was excited! I mean, who wouldn’t be, right?

What a journey. A year from start to finish. Just what the industry projects. I never believed it, but alot goes into getting your book published: editing, test knitting, editing again, sending it to your publisher who goes over it again (another edit), then the final draft comes back to me. Perfect!

Not to mention all the hours spent on knitting, ripping out, re-knitting, then photographing the dishcloths so they looks book perfect. I couldn’t be more proud of how the images came out. Colorful, brilliant colors. Just like my personality, right? *smiling*

The day is finally here, the one day all writers (designers) dream about…a book signing. My first book signing.  *squee*

To be held at Table Rock Llamas Fiber Studio in Black Forest.  Come one come all and join in the fun. 

So, as I always say,

Knit On!

Deb

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Order of Business for this Knitting Diva

With no more than 4 hours of sleep, I’m getting tons accomplished today. Though, Thursday is Thanksgiving, I have yet to grocery shop for that meal. Eeek!
My first order of business today was to answer a message I received from a customer on Etsy. “Can you make a hat to match this item?” She was referring to a scarf pattern design of mine.

Yes, of course.” I responded. So, I got out my pen, paper, the pattern (so I can see the multiple of stitches I used), and off I went. This. May. Work. I told her to stay tuned as I work with the stitches today.

Second order of business was the details of my first book signing. I’ve never done one, so this is nothing but fun. The “bad” part was we had to push it back a week because my LYS had to order MORE books for the event. Yippee! A good problem to have, I mentioned to Kris. 

Did I mention I needed to step away from my computer to fill up the coffee mug? I did.

So busy mornings deserve not so busy afternoons, right? Mmm, probably not. Writing, designing, and more knitting (which is always a good thing) is what’s in store for me.
What about you? What’s in store for your day?
So, as I always say,
Knit On!

Deb