When I meet people and tell them that I run a crafts blog, they often say, “Ooh! I love crafts!” followed by a surprisingly common statement.
“Oh, but I am NOT crafty! I’m SOOOO jealous of all those creative people who can put things together…I just can’t!”
(I was at a blogger conference this weekend and heard it from not one, but from FOUR different people! Not. Kidding.)
Does this sound like you? If so, I am here to tell you that I know a little secret…
Almost all of the self-proclaimed “uncreative’ people I have met over the years of doing this are NOT at ALL uncreative. They are actually perfectionists, afraid that they will go through the effort of creating something only to be disappointed in their result. Or worse, get judged as a failure by others.
I’m going to sing a little song for you now. “Let it go, let it gooo!”
YOU GUYS!!?? You are missing out on a great joy in life if you never create because you are afraid that it (or you) won’t be perfect. It’s time to let that go. Give yourself permission to throw a little paint around. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else…if you are doing it, you are doing it right! 🙂
Need a strategy to ditch this limiting self-talk for good?
Here are five ways to begin to break free of your fear of being creative:
1. Challenge yourself to create something that IS a mess. Start there, and you will be shocked at how crafty you really might be. 😉
2. Go to a Paint and Pour with some friends. You will still try to tell all of your friends how “not crafty” you are, but they will give you positive feedback.
3. Take a creative class. An online, on-demand class lets you learn as much or as little as you want to, as quickly or slowly as you want to, and they are anytime access so you can watch them on your phone, computer, or anywhere you are.
(I actually do this just to unwind. Sometimes, I think learning is as much my hobby as crafting...lol) Favorite places to brush up on my creative skills? Big Picture Classes for scrapbooking and memory keeping, Craftsy and CreativeBug for general online crafting, photography, and baking/cooking courses.
4. Visualize yourself being creative. And if you need a visual for your visualization, try creating a vision board to attract creativity into your life. It might feel weird, but they work!
5. Just don't call it crafting. Maybe you need new pillows or some wall art and just don't want to spend a ton of money. Oh yeah...I'm with you!
(And to one of the wonderfully smart and talented woman I met this weekend - YES, using a glue gun to put together gorgeous curtains absolutely counts as being crafty! 😉