Creativity makes me feel good. When I make something, I feel like I’m bringing something new into existence. I feel I’m connecting authentically to the core of who I am, and who my Maker is. But that’s not how most of us think about ourselves, and it’s not where I began. So, let me go out on a limb and describe to you why you need a heart reset in your creative life.
Why do you create things?
You could be anywhere on your creative journey. We all start as the complete beginner who feels uncertain how to approach a project. So if you’re at this stage, then you probably enjoy how you feel when you create things. But you might feel like you need to justify it a bit. You might make someone a personalized gift (because you’d get them a gift anyway). You might tell yourself you can make something cheaper than you can buy it (go you!). Maybe you got gift cards for Hobby Lobby for your birthday (how’d they know?). Creating things may be your favorite way to spend an afternoon, so you start to look for more reasons to create, because you’re also feeling a bit bad about the time, the money, and the risk you’re taking when you try to make something. Sound familiar?
Just a warning: At some point towards the end of this stage you may find yourself begging your moms’ group to please let you personally hand embroider decorative covers for all thirty of the mason jar mixes they’re making at the next meeting. I have to say, it’s a little humbling when you realize how far you’ll go for an excuse to create.
You love to craft.
You’ve now progressed to Self-Realization #1 where you realize you have to make things.
Signs you’ve reached this stage may be that your Pinterest page has blossomed from the single “ideas I like” board to a dozen boards or more. In fact, you now have separate boards for each room in your home. There’s a board for your non-crafty sister. Your dog has its own board. In a way it’s a good thing, because you’re starting to zero in on what you really love to make and you’re getting more confident in your abilities. At the same time, you’re starting to feel pretty guilty about the amount of time and significant amount of money you’re investing just to feel good.
It’s a Side Hustle
So, at the latter part of this stage you start to look around for a way to justify the expenditures. You open an Etsy shop, create an Instagram business page, or you start posting to Facebook in hopes someone will want to purchase something you made.
Welcome to Self- Realization #2 wherein you feel you need to make money with your crafts, so you can support your making habit, without it becoming a drain on your family or your finances.
Your creating becomes a side-hustle.
Welcome to Pro Crafting
Now you find yourself moving into the next stage, and that’s professional crafter or artisan (that’s a great word). It’s kind of exciting. You may start to look specifically for projects that you can create to make money. You’re designing for trends, and you take the plunge to do the craft shows. You maybe spend just as much time now on the business aspect as you do on the crafting. Some stay here and make a life out of it. Awesome! But some of us get to the point one day where we realize that it’s become less about the joy of making something and more about the relief you get when you sell something. This is the stage you’d dreamed of getting to when you first opened that Etsy shop, but the reality of tendonitis in your wrist, periods of feast or famine, dealing with testy customers, and the boredom you feel making the same thing over and over again, all overwhelm you.
Self-Realization #3 is when you realize you just want it to end, and you want to go back to the beginning when you made something just because it made you feel good.
But that’s self-deluding, because if you look back at the progression, you realize that you never did feel totally free to just enjoy it. There was always a feeling of guilt associated with it.
Do a Heart Reset
What if we start back at the beginning? What if we begin this time with acknowledging that the reason we have the desire to create, is because we were actually created to have that desire. Gardener, entrepreneur, writer, artist, designer, teacher, parent, engineer, or cook – it doesn’t matter what you personally subscribe to. We were all created with a desire to make something, build something, improve something, or inspire something.
What if we did a heart reset, and realized that we could see crafting much like eating a healthy diet, or going to the gym. In other words, as something that we should prioritize, because it’s good for us. Would you still feel the same need to justify it?
Creating from a Place of Inspiration
Filling up on creative inspiration is like filling the well in our soul. When you need inspiration, you can draw from it without going dry. If you create from a place of inspiration instead of desperation, how much more is going to pour over into the other areas and people in your life? You won’t be creating something last minute, because you quick need a gift. You’ll have something perfect already made. You’ve taken the time to fill your surroundings with inspirational quotes or images, so that your friends and family are inspired living life around you. You make small things in abundance that can bring hope.
You were MADE to CREATE
When you see value beyond the momentary or monetary, you start to see ways that it can be used for a higher purpose. If creating is part of what you were designed to do, if you create from a desire to fill your soul and to connect with your Creator, then you will be asked to use it for kingdom purposes. There is value in that.
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Because no matter what you create, finding value in the act of creation, and value in your desire to create, is what will really cause a heart reset in your life.
So take a look around the site. Now that you know why you need a heart reset in your creative life, my hope is that you will find inspiration here, but also encouragement and validation. You’ll also find my Creative Resource Library, which is here to get you crafting. The sign up is below, and you can unsubscribe at any time!