When you can get the milk for free?
I can't tell you how many times I heard that growing up. It was my mother's way of telling me to value myself.
This post is about valuing myself. I have hosted this blog for a good bit. I have many, many hits every day from all over the world with people eager to learn about smocking. THANK YOU VISITORS!
People email me for tidbits all the time. What pleater should I buy? What smocking plate should I use? Can you recommend a pattern? Most of the time, I respond.
But I am a smocking teacher. I want to teach smocking and fine sewing. I see shops and Chapters hiring other teachers. We are a small community. I know most of the teachers. I also know why people ask ME the questions. Because I am the cow giving the milk for free.
I give up. I give up on the idea that I am a teacher people want to hire. It is heart breaking. So I am taking my pleaters and staying home. Actually, I will just be turning my focus to sewing for the few that appreciate my work. TRUST ME… that is a very short list. I don't ask much other than a note that a package arrived.
Be careful friends. The smocking world is getting smaller every day. Value what you have. Treasure it.