I was listening to a Tyrone Davis classic, “The Turning Point”, (if you’re under 40 you might not recognize this singer or the song) and it got me thinking about some of the turning points in my life. I remember the day I started school, a little brown girl in a beige dress; stepping up on that big yellow school bus and becoming a student, scary, but I moved forward. I remember the day I passed my ex-husband in the hallway of the church (I was 14) and thought “he’s cute, that’s going to be my husband; another scary moment, but it felt right at the time. Those moments lead to change, both the good and bad, those are your turning points. I can recall some of those moments very clearly, right down to who was in the room and what I was wearing….some I’m proud of and some not so much (don’t ask).
These turning points are the real milestones of our lives, at times more so than birthdays, anniversaries, moving to new locations, or new careers; they instigate real change. Turning points don’t have to be major “AHA” moments…they can be so subtle that you don’t realize a change in your being has taken place.
For example…I was sitting on my couch in my living room on a sunny Chicago day, my front door was open and my daughter in law was visiting. A Victoria Secrets catalogue arrived…we looked through the catalog and there was a cute but not overly impressive crochet dress listed. That day I was dared to recreate this dress. It wasn’t the challenge of actually making the dress, it was the dare that had more of an impact. Little did I know, that moment would be a MAJOR turning point in my life. It was the moment that birthed KnottyLoop. It was a simple moment in time, an unrecognizable turning point, but a major change took place in my life.
When you think back or look forward, recognize that turning points are consistently happening. Every opportunity or turning point doesn’t happen by luck, some are targeted, championed and executed. If you recognize the moment, seize it and convert it into an opportunity to alter your destiny. I’m really trying to work mine! And don’t worry, I’m still working my list: writing my patterns, creating new designs, scouting locations for our first meet and greet, traveling to new destinations-I just left Kentucky, where I had a great reception, keeping busy!
I love hearing stories, please share one of your turning points with me! I won’t share it unless you want me to – firstname.lastname@example.org
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