Thank you to this community of encouragement!
The Hometalk team recently asked the question of who offers encouragement in the journey of a DIY-er. I gave it some thought and realized so many people have and continue to encourage me as I pursue running a small business. First and foremost is my husband who helps me haul furniture. He's not a fan of painted furniture, but he never bats an eye when I start applying paint (except when it's pink -- I've noticed he rolls his eyes at pink.) One of my daughters joins me at hunting for "treasures" at thrift stores and we have a blast! She lives out of town, but keeps her eye out for projects for me in her area.
It can be lonely in the social media world trying to get noticed. As a blog writer, some days I wonder if anyone even sees my posts! But my mom now comments on every post and offers words of encouragement (it took her a while to figure out how to post a comment!).
Lastly, I have found a tremendous amount of encouragement from new friends on G+, Facebook, Pinterest, and even more so here at Hometalk. It's a tremendous boost when someone comments or shares a project that I post, and it makes me feel connected to a larger community.