It's not always about the money!

When i started this business, Meraki Handwoven, I thought it would be awesome to do something I love and make money at it as well.  I'm happy to say that I have sold a few pieces and was overjoyed when those orders came in.  I thought "Hey, I'm doing something I love and making money!  Doesn't get better than that!  Very cool!"  

Well, about a month ago I was invited to do a spinning presentation at a memory loss facility for the elderly.  At first I was over joyed thinking that I was going to help make the day of the residents a little more pleasant.  And then I got very very nervous!   I thought, what am I going to say to these people?  Are they even going to listen to me or be the least bit interested?  What if they don't like me at all and walk out!!!

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My new friend helping me ball a skein of yarn.

Spinning at the wheel. 

Spinning at the wheel. 

After I was introduced to the residents that came,  I nervously began to talk about myself and explain about all the fibers I had brought.  I demonstrated my wheel and showed them items I've knit from my own handspun yarn.  Ok this was going well, they seemed interested!  When we passed around my mittens and shawls, they tried the mittens on and wrapped themselves up in the shawls softly caressing the soft yarn on their cheeks.  They smiled as they shared memories of their own projects and the people they lovingly knit and crocheted for.     

Lovely memories coming back. 

Lovely memories coming back. 

They listened and asked questions.   We laughed at all the funny memories from long ago that were shared.  It was so moving to me that such beautiful memories were stirred.  Before I knew it it was time for me to pack up and go.  The presentation that was supposed to be one hour at the most went to over two hours. 

My worries about being able to engage these wonderful new friends of mine had very quickly gone away.  I enjoyed them and I believe they enjoyed me as well.  They clapped and said how much they loved having me.  I thought I was going to this facility to help make their day a little more pleasant but as it turned out they that made my day ALOT more pleasant!!  My new friends made my heart sing!  They truly touched my soul.  They thanked me and invited me to come visit again next month which I'm thrilled to do!  We'll be weaving together next time!!

So, yesit is wonderful to make money doing something you love.  On this particular afternoon however, no amount of money could have given me the joy these wonderful new friends of mine gave me.  Doesn't get better than that!!  Very cool!

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Enjoying the feel of soft handspun yarn.