Monday, 12 March 2012

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Me aged about 4

'What do I want to be when I grow up?' A question I used to ask myself a lot when I was younger, probably right up into my twenties when I changed my answer depending on my mood and how much money the job might pay! When I left school I had a clear path mapped out in my mind. My ambition was to become a make~up artist working in film and in order to keep my place open at a special college I first needed a qualification in Human Biology. So, I duly started the course ~ and hated it! Since then, I have changed direction quite a few times and stopped asking myself the question of 'what I want to be?' a long time ago.

Very recently I was watching something (I'm a closet Oprah fan) and a similar question was raised, but instead of asking 'what do you want to be?' a subtle, yet important difference was requested ~ 'who do you want to be?' I had one of those light bulb moments she often talks about.

At the recent Vintage & Handmade Fair a customer made a lovely, sincere comment. She told me that the things I make are obviously made with a great deal of love and care as it shows in the quality and detail. The way in which she spoke to me really touched me as it was so genuine and spontaneous.

I know who I want to be ~ someone who does things at work and in life with love and care.
Much more important than a job title on a business card....

Until next time...
Ali x


  1. That's so true, as long as what we are doing, we do it with sincerity and love. Take care and a happy week. Sharon

  2. You are so right! and when I saw you at the last fair in Frome I agree with the lady your work is so beautiful and you can see that you have done it with love and care.
    Have a lovely week.

  3. What a lovely post and i agree with you as long as it makes you happy to ;-) dee x

  4. So true, Ali...And I totally agree with your lovely customer - Your work is always a shear delight and reflects your love for what you do...which is also vital...when it becomes a chore, its time to stop.

    Keep doing what you love and being 'you'...see you soon,
    Niki x

  5. Being who you are and following your dreams is so important. I can relate to the path you've taken as mine is very similar. Your work is really beautiful. I'm glad I came across your lovey blog.


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