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Trust Your Compass
Point Me In The Right Direction Print by Winterberrycottage
I think anyone who works in a creative field needs to be able to trust their instincts. I've been making jewellery for three years and it's only just now that I am starting to learn whether an idea is worth creating or not. Sometimes I let something knock around in my head for ages before I actually sit down and make it...maybe because I am scared it will fail and I will lose my confidence again. I must learn to take more risks.
Embrace The Optimist
Happy Blender Cross Stitch Pattern by Andwabisabi
I am always optimistic about craft fairs, but I do not wake up every morning thinking, 'I'm going to sell loads on Etsy today' I think because there have been (quite a few) days where I haven't sold anything, and it's hard to keep positive...Michelle Ward talks about always taking positive lessons out of things that go wrong (and she says 'crapballs' which is my new favourite thing to say). How can I embrace this? I guess by waking up every morning and saying 'I WILL make sales today' would be a good start!
Know What You Need And Get It
A Sweet View Print by AmeliaKayPhotography
Mostly I want cake. Second to cake I want my child to be happy. After that, I want to be a successful Etsy seller. I want a successful website of my own. Now that I have been made redundant, it's my chance to follow my dream of crafting and designing full time, well, as much full time as you can do with a grumpy toddler...I just want noone to say I should get a 'real' job
This is a hard one for me. Sometimes I feel a bit lonely. 'Crafting' isn't really something that anyone in my life understands or gets. I don't have a group of crafty friends, and I sometimes feel that I do not have anyone to share my successes or triumphs with. When I was in Etsy finds recently, I wanted badly to tell someone, but there wasn't anyone to tell who would share my enthusiasm. So I can focus on surrounding myself with beautiful inspiring things. I started by redoing my whole craft area, putting up shelves and ordering some adorable prints to inspire me when I'm working.
Enjoy Where You Are
You Are Here Now Print by Farouche
I am enjoying my time now - I am enjoying not have a routine I have to stick to, to be able to pop to the post office or spend an hour doing some research or rifling through vintage sewing patterns or books...I am enjoying making some spending money from something I love to do...I am enjoying spending my days with a small, happy little man. I am enjoying now.
I feel so inspired after thinking about each of these secrets, thank you to Michelle Ward for her wonderful insights and positive, uplifting article.