Reflecting on my year as a Maker!

Hello Everybody,

Today’s my birthday!!! I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know how I felt about my birthday this year. Normally I would be getting very excited about my upcoming travels and just wanted it to come so I could enjoy the destination I chose to celebrate my birthday that year. Well this year I chose to reflect on my last year as a whole. I’ve accomplished some pretty awesome things within the last year of my maker journey and I’m proud of it all.

I never would’ve dreamed that I would meet some of the most awesome makers in the maker community not only IRL but also through the internet. The support they give has truly been a blessing over this past year. Emotions have run high for me with changes in my personal life whether it be the lose of a loved one, my job becoming more demanding and major changes happening there and to just trying to figure out where my place in the world.

I’ve made sacrifices (as we all do) for the greater good and you know what… I wouldn’t change any of it. Those sacrifices that I’ve made shaped my journey and brought me to where I am today. I decided late last year to put myself out there and start publishing my own patterns. To tell you the truth I had absolutely no idea what I was doing nor did I know the journey I was about to begin. I knew I wanted to put a pause on doing commission work and closing down my Etsy shop. Honestly, I could never really get the hang of Etsy and I always got customers from my instagram or through someone sharing a picture of something I created on other social media platforms. So that really pushed me into pattern design.

Never in a million years would I have thought that someone out there no matter what part of the world they live in would want to purchase a design that I dreamed up, wrote down and then picked up my yarn and hook to create. It blows my mind to this day the reach us makers can have in the world. Seeing other people create from patterns we’ve designed is just totally mind boggling to me. I’m forever grateful that I have a talent that can actually help people and make other happy.

Today I get to celebrate myself and not feel like I’m being selfish in any way and I like that. I can’t wait for the what’s in store for me in the coming months.

Thanks for everything!!!

-Tacia ( Founder and Maker behind Joanna’s Crochet)

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