Life Before The Crochet Crowd: Mikey The Trucker!
A few of you have been with me so long that you know prior to The Crochet Crowd really launching, I was a truck driver. I would be gone for 2 weeks a month straight and then home for 2 weeks. While home, I was filming the first ever tutorial videos that are the oldest in my video collection.
The Crochet Crowd as you see it today was a fluke and unplanned. It is the classic story of the right and time in my life.
Driving truck was a really tough job on the brain. With a lot of ideas and behind trapped behind a wheel for 2 weeks solid, I felt I had so much I could do and share. To keep my mind busy, I was day dream about opening up businesses everyday.
- In the morning I would come up with a theme for my business. Most of the times it was a retail store.
- By lunch time I am thinking still that I have my marketing in place and I am ready to open my store.
- By supper time, my business would be struggling and I would brainstorm new ideas to keep my business interesting and different.
- By the time 13 hours of driving had gone by, my business either flopped or it was a success.
I was stuck with no way to exercise my brain in a real life scenario. I felt time was wasting away for me.
I really began to question my life’s purpose and ambition. I am a stranger travelling across the USA and Canada delivering products. While many people were really nice, the harsh reality of being a truck driver and being treated as a low class individual got me down.
It’s fair to say, I have been in nearly every state and province in the USA and Canada. When my viewers say where they are from, usually I can visualize in my mind where they live and their environment.
I eventually had an anxiety attack that led to hospitalization and several months off of work for not being able to cope. I eventually went back onto the road again as opportunities where I live are far and few between. Living in a small town, such as Walkerton, it is who you know… not what you know that leads to opportunities.
With the economy slipping in 2008, and the jobs becoming hard to find as a truck driver. I used that as my sign to hand in my truck keys and sought employment inside the trucking office instead. I took a pay cut but my happiness was more important than money.
Working in the office brought back my adventure and inner self value. I could be home everyday and I could really focus on working on crochet tutorials and etc. I was able to afford running The Crochet Crowd due to this job. I had the best of both worlds of working with people and in my spare time creating a community of my own.
I have learned through viewers that money is great but happiness is greater. I am driven by the momentum of making a difference. With The Crowd Crowd being so big today, I can barely keep up. However, I know my audience can identify that and many people step up to help each other with comments and encouragement. That touches my heart the most and gives me a wonderful warm feeling.
In 2011, I left this company and began working on The Crochet Crowd as a full time operation. Some days are tough but most days are incredible and amazing. I love my job and I love my role as being an inspirational guide to strangers who want to know more about crochet.
During dinner last night with Daniel. I was reflecting on a situation that happened yesterday where a viewer shared with me a very personal truth. With her life on a six month countdown and she being only in her 50′s, cancer is going to take her life. She started to crochet merely months ago and is crocheting as much as possible. Though her life may end by the end of this year, her afghans will have contained the love and passion she had. They could possibly last a generation or two after her time. She isn’t bitter but expressing gratitude for what she has. This inspired me greatly. With sharing this with Daniel last night, I was sobbing at the dinner table telling the story.
To me, this is what drives me. The power to touch and connect with people. The power each of us has to make a difference with each other. That is my goal.