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Crafting for fun vs. Crafting for pay

As I have stated before, I have a little etsy shop where I sell bottle cap accessories(keychains, necklaces, etc.) and various other items.  I loved making these accessories when I first started… and then I began selling them.  After some time the excitement of making these keychains wore off and I was stuck trying to figure out why.  I used to drop whatever I was doing whenever an order came in and rush right over to make it, but now… even though I still have a quicker turn around than most other sellers, I am not as excited to begin the creation process.  It wasn’t until I took Sports Psychology this semester that I realized what the difference is.  I learned through the course of this class that I still love designing and making these keychains and necklaces but now that I am being paid to do so, the freedom of my craft is gone.  I am not working on these whenever I want to, creating whatever I want… instead I am designing and constructing based on what someone else wants. 

A study was done by a psychologist when some neighborhood kids wouldn’t stop playing on his lawn which was tearing apart his flower garden.  The psychologist tried putting up signs, asking the kids to leave and various other methods but nothing worked.  Then he changed his approach….  He started PAYING the children to play IN HIS YARD!  Doesn’t make too much sense, right?  He is paying them to do something that he does not want them doing.  But then, after some time, he stopped paying the children.  Once the children stopped being paid, they didn’t want to play on the man’s yard anymore.  Keep in mind, these kids were playing in this yard BEFORE they were being paid.  This is very interesting to me.  Obviously the kids enjoyed playing in this man’s yard or they wouldn’t have been doing it in the first place… so what is it about having been paid to do something that they enjoyed that changed their feelings towards it?? 

 

It is little tidbits like this– that I can apply to my real life, that make my psychology major so interesting to me.  Learning more about myself through the classes that I am taking has helped me to adjust how I run my shop.  I still customize all of my keychains for each individual order, but as far as my birthday boards… I make them ahead of time, at my own leisure and convenience before placing them up to be sold.  Before, I would list birthday boards that I had done in the past and made them individually once ordered, but this system made me start to HATE making birthday boards!  I am so glad that I have figured out a way to continue making them, I truly do enjoy it again :)

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Welcome to my hectic, hilarious, AMAZING life!

Hey there!  Welcome to my blog that will have you laughing at my attempt to juggle life :)  This blog will not only share my experiences but I will also share recipes, interesting tidbits from my classes, craft tutorials, activities for kids, and so much more!

First- here is a little bit about myself…

I am a mother of 3 beautiful, smart, and crazy kids.  My oldest son, MJ is 4 years old.  He is the smartest and most kind-hearted child that I have ever met in my life.  Next is my only daughter, Kaydence who is 2 years old (almost 3!) and truly believes that she is a princess.  She is strong-willed, independent and already knows she will be a “Big Star!”  Finally is my youngest son, Jacob.  At only 9 months old his smile is infectious and he is the happiest baby in the world.  I am married to a wonderful man who has brought out the best in me and I am incredibly thankful for him and the family that we have created together.

In addition to running my household, I am also a full-time student at Florida Institute of Technology.  I am currently in the process of obtaining my bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Advocacy.  Please don’t make the mistake of assuming that because I attend on-line college that I am somehow taking a short-cut to my degree– the workload of my classes are equivalent to an “on campus” experience.

As if being a full-time mother, wife, and student weren’t enough I am also self-employed as a shop owner on ETSY.  Doing crafts provides a creative outlet for me and also allows me to bring in additional income (which never hurts with 3 growing children!)  When adjusting to life as a stay at home mom I initially believed that I would have endless amounts of time on my hands to run my shop but I have quickly learned that is not the case.  During the Christmas season I found myself staying up until 4am working on orders, waking up at 7am with an infant and using every spare moment (that my children allowed) working on constructing my customers holiday orders… all of this was in addition to my school work and household responsibilities.

I hope at this point that you understand just how busy I am and the truth is… I have only scratched the surface.  I try to find humor in every situation and I look forward to sharing my hectic, hilarious, AMAZING life with you!  My hope is that someone out there gets a good laugh and maybe even finds the inspiration to take on just ONE more task ;)

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