Welcome to my blog. I was inspired by the book, "Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey.

Welcome to my blog. I was inspired by the book, "Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey. My goal is to share a little about my life, and a lot about my longarm quilting business, Lone Tree Designs.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Pursuing Your Passion

  Isn't it funny how we grow and change throughout our lives?  Just when we get comfortable in a routine, it seems that circumstances conspire to force us out of that place into something new.  At the time, change can be daunting, perhaps terrifying.  However, I have found that in looking back we often see a divine string leading us into new territory---  territory that is rewarding and that quickly becomes "familiar."
  When I was in my 20's and 30's, teaching was my passion.  I taught high school students about history, English, and geography.  I loved going to work.  I loved them.  Sixteen years later, I had lost my passion for teaching.  I continued to go to work, but I didn't love it anymore.  My identity was so caught up in being a teacher, that I couldn't imagine myself being or doing anything else.  I spent an entire school year being miserable and questioning where God was leading me.  It was terrifying!
 Finally, because I felt like I had no choice, I quit my teaching job.  I had no firm plan for the future, but I took that step.  Each step that I took led me further into the world of quilting. 
I began by making samples and working in my mom's quilt shop.  The more time I spent there, the more I enjoyed it.  The atmosphere was wonderful, and the people I met were so much fun.  I met a machine quilter, and admired her work, secretly wishing that I could afford to buy a machine to finish all of the samples that I had made!  Eventually, with encouragement from my husband, I bought that machine.  In order to find a new career path, and to help pay for my machine, I decided to start a business.  Lone Tree Designs was born!  Again---terrifying! 
  Three years later, I love my work.  Each day, whether I go to work at the quilt shop or fire up the longarm, I love what I am doing.  I pursue my work with renewed energy and passion.  I look forward to the new quilts that customers send my way, and I "listen" to those quilts when they tell me how they want to be quilted. 
  I still have a passion for teaching, but instead of World War II or the finer points of grammar instruction, I teach women how to sew an accurate quarter inch seam.  I show them how to use exciting and innovative new tools to make heirlooms that will be around after they are gone.  If I am lucky, they trust me to put the finishing artwork on their masterpieces before they give them away to those who are very fortunate to receive them.