Jack of all trades, but Master of none
My blog title hopefully caught your eye. I claim to be a jack of all trades, but a master of none. I do have to clarify that I am not actually a jack of ALL trades. My husband so sweetly pointed out that I know nothing about plumbing or electrical. Thanks, babe. 🙂
When I first considered starting my own blog, I tried to identify my own niche, as all the sites warn new bloggers to do. I discovered that I don’t have one special niche. Over the years, it has come to my attention that I am not especially great at anything. I am not saying this in order to fish for compliments; it is the absolute truth. I try a lot of things. I enjoy doing a lot of things. I just don’t really excel at any one thing. I won’t ever become famous for any specific talent.
So, my plan for this blog is to show you how to do some things and how not to do some others. I will tell you about things I have learned in my 37 years, hopefully saving you a little bit of headache or heartache. I will cover a wide variety of topics, maybe one of them will resonate with you. I promise that I will have some successes which I will share with you. I promise also to have a bunch of failures, which I will also share with you.
So you can know me a little better, I have listed some of the things I routinely attempt.
- Mother: I am not sure that I will ever get the parenting thing right. I LOVE my kids, but they make me a little nuts. I also feel like I could do a better job EVERY DAY!
- Housekeeper: I am not good at keeping the house clean. I will let the laundry, dishes and clutter go for several days, then spend 4 hours in a frantic frenzy tidying everything up. At the same time, I make my children clean their rooms almost every day, though they only do it half-heartedly. I thought for sure that when I became a stay-at-home-mom I would finally be able to keep on top of the household chores, but that was unrealistic.
- Cook: I use the word “cook” rather than the word “chef” for a specific reason. I do not like to cook. I find it tedious and uninteresting. Unfortunately, I LOVE to eat, and my husband and kids insist on eating three meals a day, so I cook. A chef is one who understands something mystical about food and can fabricate new recipes from her mind. I cannot do this. I can only follow the instructions of a recipe, altering it only to remove a veggie I don’t like or substituting an ingredient that I have run out of. (Or forgot to buy at the store.) Because of this, I spend a lot of time on Pinterest looking for recipes that taste good that aren’t too difficult to make.
- Teacher: I went to college and earned a degree in Elementary Education. I got a job as a 5th grade teacher, then went on to teach 3rd and 4th grade for 4 more years until my oldest daughter was born. I was a good teacher; I got the job done and most of my kids and parents generally liked me. I enjoyed teaching and I missed it when I quit my job to stay home with my special needs child. (More about that on the Special Needs Kids page.) I am now a homeschooling mom, with daughters in 1st and 5th grade. (More about that on the Homeschooling page.)
- Crafter: I really enjoy making crafts. Give me some pipe cleaners and a glue gun and I can happily create random things for hours. (I have the callouses from glue gun burns to prove it!) I will admit that I have a lot of ideas and I consider myself pretty creative, but I’m no craft expert. I would never consider any of my crafts to be worthy enough to try to sell them to other people, though they suit my family and me just fine.
- Quilter: My best friend taught me how to quilt at age 23 and I was instantly hooked. This is probably my favorite hobby. I usually make quilts as gifts to give away, though I have also made many for my own enjoyment. I have been paid for several quilts, but just like my crafting skills, I don’t feel they are perfect enough to sell them regularly.
- Scrapbooker: I started scrapbooking before my kids were born. As expected, this hobby slowed down when the girls came along. I am a very sporadic scrapbooker now. I will scrapbook for 2 weeks straight, using every spare minute to update my kids’ books. Then I will ignore the books for a year or two. Then I have to scrapbook for 2 weeks straight again! Also, before my kids were born, I created very elaborate, time-consuming pages. Now I slap the pictures on with a little bit of journaling and a title and call it a day.
- RV Traveler/blogger: My husband and I bought a motorhome a few years ago, since we love to camp and to travel. We have never been big on flying places; we much prefer to drive. My goal is for us to travel to all of the lower 48 states before my oldest graduates from high school. We have taken two big trips in the motorhome so far. On both of those trips, I maintained a blog of our adventures, which ultimately led me to decide to start this blog. (More about that on the RV Travel page.)
- Child of God: I know you’re thinking I should have listed this one first, and you would be right. If I listed my attributes in order of priority, this would ABSOLUTELY be #1. Instead, I decided to save the best for last. Just like in every other aspect of my life, I remain mediocre when it comes to obeying God’s two greatest commandments: to love Him with all of my heart, mind, soul and strength; and to love my neighbor as myself. I try every day to follow Jesus, to love others, and to obey, but every day I fall short. It has taken me me the last 20 years to come to the realization that that’s okay. God loves me even though I can’t give Him perfection. In fact, He doesn’t expect perfection from me because He knows I am incapable of it. He just wants me to be close to Him, to talk to and about Him every day. He just wants me to try. He just wants me to grow in my faith. He just wants to love me in spite of, or maybe because of, my failures. He wants to make me strong in my weakness. Because of this knowledge, I have let all of my failures in the above categories go. I don’t stress about my shortcomings anymore. (Well, mostly!) I have learned to embrace my mediocrity, choosing to focus on my relationship with God and my family rather than striving for perfection in things that are fleeting.