I have been "making" my whole life. I just haven't labeled it as such. From working with construction paper, tape and scissors to build marble runs as a child, to crafting a portable wooden folding table for my wife in my twenties, to designing and constructing a life-size R2D2 for my daughter for Halloween, I've spent a great portion of my waking hours making things. I have always been fascinated with how things work, and to see if I could build my own version of whatever toys, devices, or tools I discovered in my daily life.
This desire, this passion, to create something out of nothing is what drives me to continue making for myself, even as I further my development as a teacher of others. I find that it is critically important to constantly challenge my mind to grow, whether that's learning a new coding language, designing a 3D model, or honing my woodworking skills.
A personal project I recently completed is a portable WiFi-based weather station, integrating a small touch screen, LiPo battery, 3D printed case and the Adafruit Feather board. While I have a bit of practice using the Feather board, I had no prior experience implementing a touch screen. I had to make minor adjustments to the 3D model, but once those were complete, the build was fairly straight forward. I am pleased with the result. It is astonishing to see the number and variety of projects available (Adafruit, Sparkfun, Instructables, and more) for the average person to dive into and learn about. And these projects can inspire new ones of your own creation.