Inspired by Others
For the longest time, I didn’t even know I was crafty. Sure, I started cross stitching, then learned to knit and crochet, but I didn’t think that made me a crafter because I’m not creating masterpieces. I also made little books with pictures, stickers and quotes and had my friends sign the pages beside their pictures, but didn’t think I was scrapbooking. Then, I realized not everyone makes motivational posters for people, or hand makes most of their gifts, or sits through hours of television just to keep crocheting, so maybe I was crafty!
My need to create comes from deep within and it never seems completely satisfied. With one project almost finished, the next are screaming at me to be started. My hands want to be at work and the joy I get at seeing someone’s face light up when I give them a gift I made especially for them absolutely drives me to keep doing more. I’d say that’s where a great deal of my inspiration comes from as well, the passion for giving, for brightening someone else’s life.
Writing was my craft when I was young, but I left it behind after university and pursued an athletic career. My creative side was satiated with choreographing my own competitive fitness routines and then the routines of other competitors. My writing muse had to settle for non-fiction writing about the health and fitness industry. I returned to writing in 2008 and I’ve reconnected with a creative side of me that has been dormant since I was young. Writing is like hand making a gift for as many people as I can get to set eyes on it. Creating something enjoyable, that will light up people’s lives is the greatest inspiration I could have.