When is a good time to start?

Published about 1 month ago • 4 min read

Hello Reader!

How was your week? Can you believe that half of May is already gone? Are you ready for Summer? I'm bracing for it to be a scorcher here in Texas this year.

I was thinking the other day about how I came to the decision to own a website and create crafting content. I would not say that I am talented at creating new crafts. Ideas do not swirl around in my head that beg to be made. I have poor handwriting, and I can't cut a straight line. It's fair to say that stick figures are challenging for me.

So, how did someone like me think that I could even remotely succeed with a crafting website when there are so many incredibly talented creators running wildly successful businesses?

I know what I'm good at. I get excited talking about processes and systems. I'm overly organized (it's a thing). I am skilled at teaching adults. I write well. I am tenacious and persistent. The single most important trait that I possess is the ability to improve things that already exist. I can take a good idea, tweak it a bit, and make it great.

I also know my deficiencies. I can't draw or paint. I struggle with moderation. I think linearly rather than out-of-the-box. I am not an enthusiastic kind of gal. I used to be a social butterfly, and now suffer from social anxiety.

I also realized that I AM creative, just not in the traditional sense. I learned that I could create a laser focus around my proficiencies and use them to help YOU become a brilliant and creative artist. And I decided to do JUST that by teaching you how to use tools, curating the best resources, and creating the most comprehensive reference material on Makers Corner Crafts.

And along the way, I throw in the more-than-occasional printable.

Running my own business has taught me a lot about myself. I quickly learned what I'm good at and even faster what I'm not. I have learned to reach out to others for help and advice, even though I suffer from social anxiety. I have learned how to accept my hard limitations, but I have also learned to identify skill gaps and how to seek out the resources necessary to improve them.

Most of all, I have learned incredible patience and how to stand fast when things seem tumultuous and never-ending.

Getting to where I am was not a straight line. To this day, I face challenges that appear designed to make me lose my footing. I have learned that sometimes "good enough" is the best I can do, but it's far better than nothing at all. And I now know that with persistence and repetition, "good enough" becomes "better than expected" and eventually will be "consistently amazing."

How about you? Is there a skill that you've been wanting to learn but haven't made the jump yet? Do you have a goal that you haven't started working on but really need to? How about a promise you made to yourself that you have been ignoring?

Are you still waiting for "a good time to start?"

I submit to you that there is no better time than the present, and I encourage you to take the leap. You may surprise yourself, change your mind, or change your goal. But what I do know is that you will learn a great deal about yourself while on the path.

Until next time, happy, happy crafting!

Warmest regards,

Michelle Dear Moncrief
Makers Corner Crafts

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