On the last night of 2014 I sat in my studio with my husband and sister-in-law drinking cocktails and crafting New Year’s Eve hats from card stock, pom-pom balls, glitter and copious amounts of washi tape. Neither of them are crafters like me but they both agreed to summon their inner DIYness and make wacky hats. I was expecting them to ask me lots of questions like which glue to use for the pom pom balls or what shape they should make their hats in but they just sat down and started making. They figured everything out on their own and their hats ended up being way more creative than mine.
January is a time when many people sit down and write lengthy lists of goals for the next year – like be more creative, get in shape, start writing, spend more time being present in the moment or take that big leap and finally start or grow a business. For many of us, at least some of these goals go unfulfilled and at the end of the year we write a new list of resolutions that we swear we’ll try our very best to accomplish. One of the things that can stop you from working towards these goals is… starting. There are tons of excuses on why you can’t start right now, like — I want to start a business BUT I can’t because I don’t know anything about running a business or I want to be more creative BUT I can’t because I’ve never made anything before. There’s always going to be a BUT, an excuse of why you can’t do something. The trick is to start doing it despite the BUT.
When I asked my husband and sister-in-law if they wanted to make New Years’ Eve hats they could have easily let the BUT get the best of them and said something like, “I’m not creative enough to make a hat or what if it turns out ugly.” BUT they didn’t! They jumped in full force and figured it out. If you wait until all the BUT’s are gone from something you want to accomplish you’ll never even start.
This year as look at your list of goals for 2015, remember that you’ll never be fully prepared unless you begin preparing. If you want to start a business, take that first step and start doing some research. If you want to be more creative, you don’t have to wait until you have the money to buy fancy art supplies, check out our DIY boards on Pinterest. There are tons of ideas there for creative projects that you can make from things you probably already have. If starting or building your business or tapping into your creativity is on your 2015 list of things to accomplish, our Dear Handmade Life book club is a great place to start. Every month we feature titles to help you tap into your artistic side and build your business skills. This month is no exception. We’re even going to help you get a head start because we’re giving away four of these books to one lucky reader. So, get out there and MAKE IT HAPPEN!
To enter the contest:
If you want to win five of these books Art, Inc., Clearing the Clutter, The Making of a Rag Doll, Tiny World Terrariums, and Origami Master Class Flowers, just leave a comment on this post letting us know one of your goals for 2015. Post your comment by February 4th at midnight to be entered to win. Make sure to include your email address so we can get your address and ship you some lovely things to read.
The Contest is now closed.
1. Clear the Clutter, find Happiness by Donna Smallin
2. Art, Inc. by Lisa Congdon
3. The Making of a Rag Doll by Jess Brown
4. Tiny World Terrariums by Michelle Inciarrano & Katy Maslow
5. Origami Master Class Flowers by Marcio Noguchi