#WhyIMake | My journey to being creative
I’m always curious about what makes other artists and makers want to dedicate so much time to their creative work and I thought you might be interested in my story too.
My creative journey started out of a need for more creativity, this you know, but what I never really mention is WHY I needed that creativity.
There were a lot of challenges, uncertainty, frustration and general burnout that I needed to deal with. And I needed to find a way to channel these emotions in a positive way.
You see, not only was I stepping away from a career I had built over the better part of 15+ years, but I was stepping away to focus on starting a family. I’ve been going through fertility treatments for a long time now – well over 5 years – and to say that it’s been a challenging journey would be an understatement.
There can be a lot of:
wondering what will happen
And during that time, I found myself needing an outlet that brought me joy.
Colour is one of those ways that I feel joy.
Making also brings me joy.
Plus, it gives me the opportunity to:
All of this brings me joy and then that joy is doubled when I get to share my ideas and patterns with you and inspire you to create too.
I like to think of it as the circle of joy.
Even when things are not joyful, I can find glimpses of joy when I create.
So, I make.
It’s become my outlet to help me stay grounded. Quiet my mind and work through things. Or, to even just get lost in the colour and texture that quilting offers. Allow myself a breather to just be – not worrying, over thinking or dwelling.
So, that’s me. That’s why I create.
Why do you create?
I’m not sure I would have sat and shared this if it hadn’t been for LoveCrafts reaching out to let me know they’re hosting The Crafties - their Blogger of the Year Award. If you feel up to it, you can vote here.
Thank you for allowing me to share this side of me with you.
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