where craftiness comes from: support, encouragement, and determination

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After talking with six awesome ladies about where their craftiness comes from, I noticed three themes that really link them together: support, encouragement and determination.

When it comes to following our dreams and pushing the boundaries there is no doubt in my mind that it can be done. The question that made me wonder where craftiness comes from is this:

If pro tennis stars had never had the support to pick up a racket, would they be where they are today?

If there was no support for creativity in your childhood would you have ever thought to become what you are today? It’s that support from family and friends from a young age that seems to shape who we are to become. Even if that path is a winding one with lots of detours.

Without encouragement there are only two options: push harder or give up.

Thankfully for so many of us we push harder. We know that this is the path for us and we make it happen. It is encouragement, no matter who the source is, that makes it that much easier to reach our goals.

With all the brilliant creatives I spoke with there was someone who was cheering for them. Someone who could give them that push on the days where they needed it most. For our craftiness to shine through we all need that someone, whoever it may be.

Fighting to make dreams come true is part of the challenge

When we push to make our dreams come true, there are always doubters. For so many, craft and creativity are for hobby time only. They are not for careers or for our future.

We need that determination and strength within ourselves to live the lives that we want and to be successful. Sometimes the doubters just need proof and sometimes we just have to ignore them and do it anyway.

Pursuing creativity and craftiness is about showing the world who we are and what we can give in return. It is pushing the boundaries and making our presence known.

It is with support, encouragement and determination that so many have done it before us and prove that if we want to, we can too.

Talking with these ladies has reminded me that anything is possible if we accept that it is worth fighting for. Following our dreams is totally worth it.

Do you feel that too?

10 thoughts on “where craftiness comes from: support, encouragement, and determination

    1. @Nicole, I’m not sure where you are (geographically) but I wish you were in my backyard. I really hope you find your creative posse. I’m also without one and feeling it KEENLY lately. I have people who love and support me but they’re not “creative types” and kind of don’t get it. There’s a lot to be said for having a sounding board and the sharing of creative energy that enables a snowball effect. Good luck to both of us, I guess!

      Thanks, Dannielle, for posting this. Though it seems nearly impossible to do right now, reading this makes me even more determined to find “my people!”

  1. tara,
    this was a great post, i printed it out so my mamu- my creative inspiration and support- could read it.

    i’d love to quote it for my blog hautechatter.blogspot.com, would that be alright? credit due, of course!

    and thanks for taking my ? on the action chat yesterday, it was super inspiring and really has changed my focus and goals to be in-line with my true self. as oprah would say, i had a “light bulb” moment! thanks soooo
    much!

    rochelle
    haute mélange (dot) etsy (dot) com
    hauteplate dot etsy dot com

  2. Dannielle,

    Awesome post & so true! SUPPORT, ENCOURAGEMENT & DETERMINATION is the backbone to success… not just from the creative person but from those around them. I appreciate you reminding me that I need to push to make my dreams a reality. No-one can do it for me however support from my friends and family means everything.

    Thank you!
    Monique xx

  3. I absolutely agree and I frequently reflect back on the people over the years who have always been there to encourage and support me…like the friend at my old “cushy” corporate job who listened to me for hours on end and always told me to “go for it” when I told her I wanted to leave to pursue something more creative, more “me.” And the complete strangers who approached me after speaking at a creative conference, despite my paralyzing fear of public speaking…telling me how great I did and that they couldn’t believe I was terrified. I truly believe that each time someone shares a little nugget of encouragement, it propels us further & helps us conquer our fears!

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