We did it. I don’t know what will happen next week or next year. But WE DID IT.
Today is my husband’s last day at his 9-5 job as an Academic Advisor at a local community college.
From now on he works for Crafty Gemini, LLC. He works for me. He works for his family.
Back in 2009 when I was pregnant with my son I started teaching sewing classes locally.
I wanted my own sewing/quilting school but could not afford the overhead costs at any of the places we researched.
So, I taught 1-3 people in a spare bedroom on evenings when my husband was home to watch our newborn son.
I wanted to expand and grow my business but had no money to do so.
I was also getting tired of teaching the same projects all the time.
My husband suggested we film the project tutorials and upload them to YouTube.
So I only had to do each one once. I liked the sound of that.
I uploaded my first YouTube video in November 2009. I didn’t know you could earn money from it at the time.
I just needed a free place to host my videos so I could share them with others.
I continued to post video tutorials and teach classes.
I did not make a dime off YouTube videos for almost two years.
When I found out I could earn income from my videos I applied and was accepted into the YouTube partner program.
I was then able to monetize all my videos.
And in less than four years since then…. we did it.
As of today my YouTube channel has over 191,000 subscribers and 17.6 million views.
YouTube ad money is only one of my revenue streams.
We can’t make a living off YouTube ad revenue alone. So, I got creative.
I thought outside the box.
We created this business from nothing and now have over 12 different income streams.
I have affiliate accounts, PDF patterns, online classes, sponsorships, a new Quilt Club and a ton of side gigs that allow me to pay my bills, feed my family and for the first time in my life… put some money in savings.
WE DID IT.
My husband used to say he was going to retire at 35.
I laughed. To me it was a joke. He was so serious.
He is 35 yrs old.
We aren’t rich but we did it. We have lived off of a lot less before.
We’re on a budget and aren’t big spenders.
We are getting better at living off our land.
We’ll be fine. We have each other.
Ever since we got together we’ve rubbed people the wrong way.
We dated for two months and got matching tattoos.
They called us “young and stupid.”
After four months of dating we up and got married. None of our parents were there.
We were happy. That’s what mattered.
6 years later we are still happy.
It hasn’t been easy but we did it.
Together we have made the two most beautiful, sweet, caring, hard-working, curious and funny little humans we know.
WE did it.
My friends and family still think this is just a hobby and that I am wasting my days away doing arts & crafts instead of putting my legal education to good use.
News flash. This isn’t just a hobby.
It’s my business. It’s my life.
I love every day of it and I’m proud to be able to provide for my family because of it.
Doesn’t everyone want a “job” they love? Well, I have one.
I created it. I’m the CEO and President.
I make a living living my life.
And I got my husband to retire his 9-5 job at age 35 because of it.
I am giving my children the gift of having their mother AND father home with them.
Teaching them about life and love.
I didn’t grow up with a father. My mother was a single mother of four girls.
I never understood the importance of having a man in the house. My mother did everything because she had to.
I can do everything, but I don’t have to.
Now I get it. I see it everyday. The way my son wants to do everything like his Papa. How he loves to make him proud.
The life lessons he is learning when he sees how his father treats his sister and I.
I am thankful for a husband who is present, hands-on, supportive and loves me and his children.
Now my kids get to grow up with BOTH parents not only around but AT HOME. We did it.
We can homeschool our kids TOGETHER and teach them the importance of growing their own sustainable food and becoming self-sufficient members of society.
We can be the family we’ve always wanted to be.
To those of you who have been following our journey for weeks, months or years. Thank you.
Because of you and your support we are able to take this huge step today. THANK YOU.
For those of you with lofty dreams and aspirations. Keep at it. You CAN do it.
Block the haters out and do you. It is possible. It is do-able.
I didn’t believe it was possible until recently.
My husband has always been the fire behind this business.
He has been pushing me from day one (and on some days harder than I cared to be pushed.)
But I’m glad he didn’t let up. He was right. We COULD do it.
And we did.
It takes hard work.
Not luck. HARD WORK.
I’ve never had a problem putting in work.
I’m a hard worker whether I’m getting paid or not. It’s how I was raised. It’s how I’m built.
I just didn’t have the confidence in myself or my skills. Years of “not being good enough” will do that to you.
Now I know I am good enough.
You tell me I’m good enough with your emails and comments.
And I’m thankful for a partner who tells me I am good enough, too.
My work ethic & skills + my supportive & encouraging husband = The best team ever.
We did it.
No matter where you are on your journey keep your head up and keep on keepin’ on.
You can do it.
Get a supportive partner.
Think outside the box.
Give your all 100% of the time no matter how small the task.
Stay up late.
Research the game.
Stay up later.
Skip some meals.
Skip some showers.
Live below your means.
Don’t worry about the competition.
Build your skill set.
Get better at what you’re good at.
Delegate the stuff you’re not good at.
Find a shoulder to cry on.
Take a break.
Take a hot shower.
Get back on the grind.
We did it. You can too.
Today is a huge milestone for us but we’re definitely not done.
So, I’m off to go do some work. Y’all know I have law school loans to pay and I’m saving my pennies so one of these days we can afford to upgrade from this double wide mobile home to a more permanent structure.
Thanks for your continued support and here’s to another amazing year of growth for Crafty Gemini, our family business.