"It's so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit."--Anna Quindlen
I always admired Anna Quindlen (what woman journalist does not?), but I didn't appreciate her until recently. I remember her high-profile resignation from the New York Times with incredulity. "What in the world was she thinking?" I thought. "I would never do that."
Fast-forward more years than I'd care to share, and I understand her decision completely. In today's world, it is far easier to build a career than it is to maintain, much less create, a happy life, and after the birth of my daughter, I rejiggered the first to improve my chances of having the second.
It has resulted in an unexpected side effect: I have become perhaps the world's most unlikely-to-become-crafty crafty person, as the excess hours and energy I used to devote to my former job have redirected themselves into knitting, paper crafting, and other creative pursuits. (I almost asked Santa to bring me a sewing machine this year, which I found shocking even to myself.)
Along the way, I have discovered the amazing and inspiring online world of women who craft. I read their blogs regularly, finding inspiration and encouragement in their creative projects, the stories of their families, and yes, their careers, as they embark on book tours and more. Forget the magazine articles fretting about that always-elusive "balance" between two impossible ideals; these women have established a new place entirely for themselves, where stitch by stitch, they craft a new vision of what it means to be a working mom.
I owe much of my current happiness--and collection of handknit mittens--to them. Ladies, thanks for letting me join the club.