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I took a leap of faith in 2015 around the time I turned 40.  Life was going along well.  I had a part-time job, a loving husband (and still do!), three great kiddos (and still do!), and my parents babysat my kids the eight hours I worked (and still do when I need them!). 

Eight hours, you say??  Yes, I only had to work two days from 9am to 1pm and got paid well.  I was an Optometrist for 13 years after having gone to undergrad school for four years and then to Optometry school for an additional four years. 

I started out working 20 hours a week at a private practice, then went down to 12 after my daughter was born, and then went down to 8 hours once my kids started sports and I wanted to be at their games instead of at work on Saturdays.  I loved the women I worked with and my bosses were great. 

Then last year, after a lot of soul searching, I decided I would walk away from my job and be a full-time stay at home mom.  I am very blessed to have a supportive husband who has a secure job that I was able to make the decision to leave my career.  Luckily, we didn’t need my income to pay bills but it was very nice to have!

Why leave a super part-time job that pays well?  It was a hard decision to explain to people.  For the people that know me well, it was probably not that big of a shock. 

I am one of those people that needs to be creative and have a passion for what I do.  After 13 years I was losing passion for my job, and when you’re dealing with people’s sight, I didn’t feel comfortable treating patients when I would rather be at home doing something creative. 

I read a lot of books about encore careers and starting over, which was a bit overwhelming but I felt like it was speaking to me.  We only have one life, so why waste it on something you don’t LOVE to do??? 

Again, I know I am very fortunate in that my income loss was not a big blow to my family.  We did have to make some changes, but we knew I would go back to work in a few years after I found my passion!

After reading more books and taking numerous online tests about what I should do with my life (at 40!), I wasn’t any closer to figuring it out.  Let me also tell you, I’m the type of person that needs to be busy and I always have a project going. 

I also like to decide things quickly and go.  I’m a big-time planner that starts my projects months in advance because I know new ones will come along and also because I’m so excited to see how my visions turn out!

During all this time, the one thing that stayed constant is my love for crafting, planning parties/events, volunteering at my kid’s school, learning how to do lots of DIY home improvement projects on a budget and pushing myself to learn new things.  So, I asked myself, why not try to make a job out of that? 

I thought about it and prayed about it and then one day I just decided to go for it and take another leap of faith!  So, this is one avenue of my new journey along with making homemade crafts to sell. 

Thanks for taking this journey with me and I’ll let you know how it goes after a few years!!

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Roger Jones

Monday 16th of November 2020

Hi Amy, I just joined Leap of Faith Crafting and I'm looking forward to learning more and more about my "Cricut Joy". I was a Graphic Designer, Sr. at NASA from 1981-2011 so I see a need to get back into "Adobe CS". My wife Ursula asked me what I wanted for my 61st Birthday last month and I told her I want a “Cricut Joy” so I can re do the older vinyl lettering on the glass doors at church! Without batting a pretty eye she agreed and said go get it! On 102820 we celebrated our 20th Anniversary and I made her 2 cards with my "Cricut Joy" card maker. I made 2 because I had to give her something from our 2 furr babies! I want to make quite a few projects in time for Thanksgiving and of course Christmas! Right now I need to make my friend Rick a card since he just lost his dad. Thanx and stay safe!

Leap of Faith Crafting

Monday 16th of November 2020

Welcome to the Cricut Community! Such a great present, you will love it!

Karen Woodard

Thursday 28th of May 2020

I’m a almost (in 9 more days) 70 yr old retired Law Enforcement who has had my Cricut Air Explore machine for about a year. Since the pandemic began I have been spending more time crafting using my machine. I am still a novice with lots to learn so I look forward to anything Leap of Faith Crafting can supply. I use an iPad exclusively with my Cricut and hope you offer insight on how to use one with the Cricut design space. If not, I’m still in for the ride. Thank you for the free svg’s.

Leap of Faith Crafting

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

You are so welcome! I have an Ipad and try to use it for some of my projects but I always tend to go back to my laptop since I'm so used to it. So, unfortunately, I only have a few tutorials that talk about the Ipad. I need to try and use it more though!

Judith Behrens-LaRue

Thursday 3rd of October 2019

I just joined today, 10/4/2019! I fell in love with the possibilities of having access to a Cricut Machine in the Fall of 2018. I will be 60 next March (Lord willing!). I took the "Leap of Faith" last December and asked my husband for Cricut machine, After much research and decision-making, he took me to Wal~Mart on 12/19/18. I already had my first project in mind. I settled on a Mint color Cricut Air 2 machine. By mid-January, I wanted the Maker machine. I started a blogging website if February-March, 2019. My blog is a "work in progress"!

Leap of Faith Crafting

Tuesday 8th of October 2019

Welcome! Cricuts are the best, aren't they?? Congrats on your leap of faith, it's amazing where God takes us if we just listen!!!

Mary

Wednesday 11th of September 2019

I just joined leap of faith and I did so by using my phone. I am new at all of this . I have a Cricut explorer air 2. Have made a couple of tee shirts. My question is how do I get your free svg’s from my phone to my pc? Not real computer savvy!! Help!!! Thanks

Leap of Faith Crafting

Thursday 12th of September 2019

Hi Mary, you can always just download them again on your computer. Just open my website and enter the password again and download whatever you'd like!

Leap of Faith Crafting

Thursday 12th of September 2019

You can either email them to yourself or I like to save the files to my Google drive on my phone and then I can open the google drive on my computer and download them. Or just go to my website on your computer and download them again! (probably easiest way!). Thanks for joining!!

Leanne

Monday 22nd of July 2019

Hi Amy, I have just recently bought my first Cricut Explore Air 2!! I’m so excited to use it but I think I would find it easier to use a laptop/PC. What laptop do you have or recommend? Thank you!x

Leap of Faith Crafting

Wednesday 24th of July 2019

HI Leanne, congrats!! I use my laptop for everything. I prefer typing and using a mouse than my fingers on a screen, still old school I guess! I just have an Acer laptop that I've had for a few years. Enjoy your Cricut and let me know if you have any questions!

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