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Goodbye 2020 Hello Opportunity

2021 is right around the corner, and if this past year has taught us anything, it's that we need to make an opportunity where you can because you never know what might happen next.

I've spent the last six years of my life trying to do things the "right way." I went to college, got my degree, and began working in my field of choice (elementary education), then the pandemic hit, and the unthinkable happened, schools EVERYWHERE shutdown.

First, it was supposed to be one month. Then one month turned into six weeks, and then six weeks turned into online schooling for the rest of the year; as a substitute teacher, that meant I wasn't getting any work. I got lucky, though, and had students whose families needed help during the end of the school year (online school was no joke.) During the summer, I enjoyed my regular break; but I became more worried about what would happen the following school year.

That's when I decided I needed to start earning some money in case schools stayed closed. So, I began helping my husband (more than I already was) with his YouTube channel; his channel is about micro drones and this incredible freestyle competition he hosts. If you're into that sort of thing, you should check out FPV Skittles.

As his channel and the competition grew larger, I began making different t-shirts and other apparel to sell. As I began to sell more clothing, I needed a better way to track everything and for customers to order. I can only keep track of so much on FB messenger. That lead to the birth of my baby.

Well, For Your Senses has been around for a while; it's the name of my YouTube channel. It would have also been my web address, but some jerk wanted $3000 for the URL, and I don't have that kind of money.

Now that I have my business up and running, the hard part has really begun. I had no idea the amount of work I would need to put in to get what I want out of this endeavor. When I got my business license at the end of July, I was thinking, "awe, this is gonna be so much fun." Boy, was I wrong. Well, not entirely. I thoroughly enjoy making things, and I love seeing people enjoy the things I create but getting myself to do everything that needs to be done to be successful is really HARD!

This pandemic has kicked my ass emotionally and mentally. After almost 10 months of being locked in my house, I don't have the drive I once had. I'm depressed all the time, and I pick fights with my husband over dumb things because we spend WAY TOO MUCH TIME TOGETHER! I used to leave my house every day and do something I love to do, and now I go downstairs to my basement.

It's hard to be motivated when I feel like I'm just existing, but I'm forcing myself to push past the craziness of it all and make something happen with this website. I know it won't be easy, and I have come to realize it's going to take every skill I've ever learned in life to accomplish this, but I'm willing to give it everything I've got.

I plan on posting weekly tutorials of everything from birthday cards to beaded jewelry and stuff just relating to life, trying to start my own business, marriage, and baby (we're trying!) I will also be posting on my YouTube Channel again, so please come check it out and let me know what you're interested in seeing me post next.

Thank you, and until next time, happy crafting!

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