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Live Your Dream – A Celebration of How Far We’ve All Come

Liat Gat - Founder

February 8, 2011

Anna Sui Live Your DreamThey say you should live your dream, right? If I only knew it was available in this bottle, I would’ve been there AGES ago!

I certainly never set out to “live my dream” when I founded KnitFreedom – I just decided to do the only thing I could think of that I was really good at that might possibly earn me a living.

Maybe there are some kids who grow up knowing what their dream is, but not me. How could I EVER have envisioned the incredibly complex and evolving tools and community that make up KnitFreedom and all its members? Or the work that goes into defining and achieving a goal that has never been done before?

 When I was in high school, my mom gave me a blank notebook with THIS –> on the cover, which was slightly overwhelming. I was like, “Yeah, that’s cute.”

Fast forward to today: a surreal, is-this-really-what-I-made-happen day. The launch of my book is REALLY big news for me, personally.

This is the culmination of something I conceived of and embarked upon six months ago after I quit my job working in the city government (blech) and set out on a journey to find (create, rather) the ideal career for me.

Since then, I’ve worked on this pretty much all day, every day, bringing my goal to fruition. As I was walking around the house last night, having pushed the very last button (“schedule mass-email”), I looked at myself in the mirror and said, “I did it. I did what I said I would do.”

I’ve never written a book, started a blog, invented a new product, created a website, owned my own business, or helped thousands of people over the Internet. But that is what I said I would do.

This goal has been “in progress” for so long that, until today, it was very hard to see how far I’d come! People would ask me, “How is your business going?” and I’d say, “I don’t know – I’m working really hard but my book is not for sale yet, so I don’t know if anyone is going to like it!”

For me, today is different. There’s a before today, and an after today. I’d like to celebrate how far we’ve all come in our knitting and our lives because of this community and our visions for what we could possibly do.

How far have YOU come in your knitting? In life? I’ve heard some incredible stories in the KnitFreedom forum’s “What’s your good news?” thread – people using knitting to lose weight, to overcome brain injuries, to pass the time when they are confined to bed because of disability.

And what about the changes you’ve made in your attitude towards knitting? Towards yourself, and how you learn? I’d love to hear how far you’ve come!

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5 thoughts on “Live Your Dream – A Celebration of How Far We’ve All Come”

  1. I can’t say it enough. Your videos are a blessing! As are you!!!! Wishing you continued joy and success!

  2. Congrats! When I started thinking about starting my own business I sat down with a friend of my dad’s who owns a bunch of successful restaurants in the DC area. The most memorable piece of advice he gave me was this- it’s not work if you love what you do. My last job as a librarian felt like so much work. With what I do now I wake up every single day excited to start on the task at hand. I’m sure you feel the same way. I wish you lots of success and happiness in your endeavor!

  3. LIAT!!! I’m am so blessed for you and thankful for the sweet gift and inspiration you are to so many of us. I love learning new things through your tutorage!!!!

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