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A Bachelors in Arts and Crafts

When I was nearing the end of high school, there was a lot going on in my life, and I didn't really give a lot of thought to what I wanted to do with the rest of my life at that time. Unfortunately for me, by 11th and 12th grade, you're just supposed to KNOW what you want to do/be/achieve in life. It's all really overwhelming, if you think about it. You go through this structured school life for 12 plus years and all of a sudden now YOU can make a decision? I had a hard time wrapping my head around this and spent many a session at the guidance counselor's office who tried to change my indecisive ways. She asked that I make a list of the things that I love and we could work to see what sort of major would suit me best based on this list. The things that I really loved at that time were writing, taking pictures, and art-based assignments at school (i.e. posters, dioramas, solar system mobiles. Basically arts and crafts) . So pretty much I was destined to be a starving artist.

Since starving artist didn't sound so appealing, I chose the option of being "undecided" going in to college so that I could figure out if there was a better option for me later (yay procrastination!). So that's what I did. And after a few general education classes, I was still stumped. Nothing really sounded interesting to me. Not till one day, when I took a bunch of my friends' pictures and turned them into Pepsi vs Coke ads in photoshop on my computer, did I realize that I REALLY liked cutting people out of one picture and putting them into another. It's an odd thing to like, but it's a thing nonetheless. My boyfriend (now husband) at the time mentioned that maybe I'd be interested in pursuing Graphic Design. When I asked what exactly that entails, he told me it was like, "grown up arts and crafts." I was like, what???

I mentally referred back to the list my guidance counselor asked me to make back in high school: Writing: I'm too much of a perfectionist. Writing this simple blog is taking forever. Taking pictures: photography as anything more than a hobby hadn't crossed my mind yet. I don't think I thought myself talented enough. Arts and Crafts: YES. I WILL MAJOR IN ARTS AND CRAFTS. It all made sense. I instantly went against my indecisive instincts and officially declared myself a graphic design major.

And then I had kids.

BUT I had a good two years of Graphic Design classes under my belt and about 20 years of arts and crafts skills before that. So while I'm not using what I learned in school out in a really world job right now, I am using the collective things that I learned while doing arts and crafts with my kids. Life really does go full circle.

For my Everyday Photo Op for today, here's a picture of the crafts we did today. Crayon shavings melted between wax paper and cut into stain-glass-ish, heart shaped window ornaments. I love my life.