For so long I completely switched off the creative side of my brain, pursuing instead the practical, the social, the commercial.
Everything changed for me after my accident. I no longer could handle the noise and concentration of social interactions, I definitely couldn’t work and as a result I was no longer very practical. I had been itching to have a hobby for years secretly I think, somehow I knew I needed a solitary activity, a chance to create. I blogged a bit, remembered how to write something other than a work email. Discovering paper-crafting was a revelation. It was fast (very needed for my concentration levels back then), it gave me a little income as I was selling the items too, it gave me friends and it somehow switched on the creative part of my brain I’d switched off sometime in art class in high school when I’d been frustrated with my efforts painting.
Crafting gives me so much joy these days, I get to make cards and pretty items for loved ones which are appreciated. One friend said she loved the card I made her for her birthday as she could see I’d put a bit of her personality into it. That was the highest compliment anyone has ever paid me I think, all it took was pink and black with a bit of glitter, but that is Jane all over. This year I also started Project Life, which is a form of scrapbooking. Again, it feels like the hobby I’ve been waiting for as it is so simple to document my life, travels and amazing experiences I get living in Europe. Often on a Sunday afternoon after church I come home and sit and document my world and it really helps me be grateful for what I get to do and where I get to live. I know it is something I will look back on and be pleased I did in the future.
Of course, this blog is also flexing my creative muscles, even if I’m just learning to walk with it so far. Maybe like a toddler I can get to a wobbly run this year if I’m brave?
For 2015, I very much want to find the time, energy and headspace to be more creative. I’m starting to develop my own style with card making that I would like to explore further. I want to continue to learn more techniques and stretch myself. At first I thought my hobbies were just a bit of fun on the side, but I can now see the benefits in so many areas of my life – creativity breeds creativity that is for sure. I want to write. I want to record my life. I want to somehow inspire others to creativity themselves or at the very least to think a little.