Tuesday, November 24, 2009


November is here. With November comes craft fairs, craft shows and many announcements of events showcasing mad-in-Maine products. I love going to the craft fairs not for the products but for the pride in what the producer of the products displays. Hand made quilts, knitted mittens and hats, holiday ornaments, greeting cards, wreaths and hand made wooden toys and furniture are among the many items displayed. What I love about the fairs is the expression of passion that the creators have for what they do.

I often ask, “How did you get started?” The response is “Oh, I started years ago. I have always loved knitting.” or “I love making wooden toys and knowing that children will enjoy what I made.” Crafters’ true passion emerges with enthusiasm and such genuine joy for what they do.

In my last blog, I asked you to create a vision for yourself. As part of your vision, ask yourself what motivates you? What are you passionate about? Do you enjoy working with your hands creating something for others? Do you enjoy working with numbers? Are you drawn to opportunities where new ideas are created and implemented?

My passion is photography. I remember the first time I was given a camera. My high school yearbook shows a photo of me with a camera in hand. My camera is never far from reach. I never have too many photos of sunsets or loons or the ocean. I am always seeking the next great photo.

Another passion is my genuine interest in hearing people’s stories. I am a story teller so I am drawn to others’ stories. I want to know what paths that life drew them along and when they made changes what motivated those changes. I love seeing a person’s eyes light up when they talk about what their passions. Sometimes it is through the storytelling that the true passion surfaces and the emotion in their eyes show.

As you create your vision, find your passion! In future blogs, I will share how to follow that passion. Enjoy and happy Thanksgiving!