A little back story...
My sweet momma used to make and sell home decor. She did a lot of sewing, wood cutting, and stenciling. I used to wake up in the morning to the sound of her stencil brush's rhythmic pounding as she worked in the little studio space next to my bedroom. Mom participated in local markets and sold inventory to area shops. She loved what she did, and today I only hope to run across some of her handcrafted items at antique stores. Even if her initials are not on the work, I think I would know if it was one of Mom's pieces. Her style was very much her own.
I didn't see it coming. I never imagined following in Mom's footsteps. Being an artisan wasn't on my radar. Oh, I've been a long time lover of the arts, but I never expected to contribute beyond teaching a foreign language. That all changed the day I simply sat down in my bedroom with a journal in hand. I'm not sure what I intended to write that morning, but when I exited the room I carried with me a very detailed plan: a book and home goods line dual release. I shared the idea with my husband and his enthusiastic response inspired me to get started instantly.
Nine months later, I participated in my first market and launched a devotional for women in tandem with a Christmas decor line. The experience marked me, and I knew I was hooked. Over the course of the next year I did thirty more pop-ups!
I'm in this business for the people, so the markets make for a perfect opportunity to meet locals and vacationers at the oceanfront area. But since that first evening market under the stars, my work has followed a path I couldn't have designed for myself. Where my feet landed currently has me serving a broader community with a more defined product line, and I like this place. At the same time, I'm excited about not knowing what's around the next bend. God gives me what I can handle, basically one step at a time.
If you're still with me, I'm glad because I wrote this for your benefit. If you sense a stirring to engage your gifts beyond your personal enjoyment, I encourage you to sit down with your journal and see what happens. Your gifts make room for you, Love. What you have to offer the world may already be in operation, but no one does it exactly like you, because your style is all your own.