Happiness and Branching Out

When you are asked what you want out of life, what is your first response? 

 

To have a family.

A great job.

To make a difference in the world.

Own your own business.

To have Stability.

To be Happy. 

I think all of us can resonate with at least one of these, if not all of them. For me, these are all important, but there is one that is at the top of my list, and is oh so elusive: Happiness. 

What makes one happy? I have been spending a lot of time thinking about what this means to me, and I haven't really figured it out yet, but I think I have a better understanding of what that might be, and it will require me to take a leap of faith into some unknown territory. 

I have spent my life pursuing a career path, one that I had set my mind to at an early age. From about age 7 I had my mind settled, and here I am living the "dream". I've been working in my "dream" field for over five years now and I still yearn to feel fulfilled by my work. The love and passion just isn't there like I had hoped it would be. I don't feel happiness.

I have found it elsewhere. 

I often have a hard time admitting this to myself but I cannot deny the truth of it. 

I am an Artist. 

More specifically, I am an Artist who enjoys creating three dimensional works of art. Some of them are purely for visual aesthetic, some of them serve a purpose and can be  used. I think boxing myself into a specific art medium is what suffocates me. I become stagnant and unproductive when I try to focus in on a single thing. 

Nothing brings me more joy than mastering a new skill, creating an intricate project, or sharing my art with the world. It is here that I have found happiness. With jewelry, sewing, weaving, crochet, dreamcatchers, printmaking, quilting, drawing, woodworking. 

It is within these art forms that I have found my calling of sorts. It wasn't that my dream career was the wrong choice for me, it was that I cornered myself into doing only that, hoping that eventually I would find the ever elusive "happiness" within it. 

So here I am. The year of 2017 is coming to a close and I am finally realizing what it means to be happy and how I can achieve my goals. This means you will be seeing a wider variety of my artistic endeavors, not just the beautiful wall hangings and linoleum prints. I will be sharing all of my passions and writing about them more. I will no longer be boxing myself into a single craft. The Dreamer Weaver will remain, but she is branching out and turning a new leaf. 

-Steffe


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