Yesterday I finally had the time to sit down and fill out the CGOA application for Crochet Associate Professional. It took me about 3 hours from start to finish. Most of that time was spent in trying to find the right words to express what I wanted to say without writing a book about it.
In my real world experience, when asked questions like "what do you feel..." or "what do you think about.." short, concise answers work best. Not a couple of words short, but short as in a paragraph or bulleted list several items long. I got hung up on the first response to "describe your efforts to work professional so far."
I learned to crochet when I was 7, but didn't really get into it until my late teens. By my early twenties I had mastered most of the stitches. I was modifying patterns to fit my taste and needs throughout my late twenties. In my thirties I was writing my own patterns for me.
I dabbled with submitting to magazines. That is, I would mail off an entry every few months or so. I only had a few hours a week to crochet, and that was spent primarily making gifts for family and friends. I hadn't a clue as to how to make crochet into a career, so it remained a hobby.
How does one describe a series of events in life that act as a wake up call? Karma? Coincidence? I'm not sure, but I find myself now with both the time and the desire to pursue crochet more seriously.