Last week, I had the amazing experience of moderating the @CraftAsTherapy Instagram account. It was, in short, an enlightening and uplifting experience.
Hello and happy Saturday, crafty friends, and thank you so much for the warm welcome. I’m really excited to be moderating this week! The past six months have been an absolute whirlwind for me as I took a creative journey of discovery. I used to call myself a musician, but in the past 18 months I’ve added writing, designing, and photography to my list of creative outlets. Now, I introduce myself as A Creative. I chose #craftastherapy_newgrowth as my tag because I want to celebrate spring (in the northern hemisphere) and personal growth, be it emotional or learning something new. I’m so excited to see your contributions!! 💕
The theme I chose was “new growth,” celebrating both environmental (plant) growth and emotional growth, like learning something new or discovering something about yourself. It was an important theme for me, given how I have evolved over the past 6 months in regards to my creativity and how I define myself.
The response from the CraftAsTherapy community was overwhelmingly positive, uplifting, and inspiring. I’m always amazed at how open and giving crafters are, and I was moved by some of the contributions.
I felt so humbled and inspired by these crafters from all over the world, sharing their projects with me and feeling inspired by my theme of new growth.
I also shared some inspirational mantras that I felt were appropriate, especially for crafters.
I think it’s important to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you can’t force things to grow according to your schedule. We can’t force ourselves to grow either, and sometimes the most meaningful and productive growth is the slowest. Keep growing, my friends, but don’t punish yourself for taking time to do it. -Angie 🌱 (@gamercrafting )
In a society that values speed and lightning speed, exponential growth, it can be hard to be A Creative. Sometimes, family and friends don’t understand our creative vision, and push us to get “normal” jobs. Check out the comments on the post above – I was so touched that this little quote gave rise for someone to have a deep conversation with their significant other.
It seems that crafters have been itching to share their pastel and springy projects:
And on the general #CraftAsTherapy tag, rainbows were abundant. So many bright colors and inspiring projects!
And on Thursday, I was reminded that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. It might sound cliche to say “Stop and smell the roses,” but it’s a cliche with a root in truth. We are always rushing around, getting to work, making dinner, running errands, and we become wound so tightly that we forget to see the joy in life. Newly blossoming flowers, an exceptional cup of coffee, or a 20 minute walk with a loved one can rejuvenate and inspire you. Don’t neglect these opportunities! (I never take my own advice.)
Today, after tech problems and scrambling to finish projects, I was feeling stressed and frazzled. It only took a walk home along the river to remind me of the small wonders in life. I’m going to challenge you all to find a small moment of growth today, and share it with me on the #craftastherapy_newgrowth tag. Keep on crafting! -Angie 🌱 (@gamercrafting )
As I closed out my amazing week @CraftAsTherapy, I shared one more collage before introducing @MobiusGirl as the new moderator. It’s a great way to illustrate how closely crafting and nature are related, don’t you think?
In any case, I loved my time as a guest moderator, and I hope to do it again some day. Make sure you follow the @CraftAsTherapy account for tons of inspiration and positivity. The regular moderators are some of the kindest, more creative people I’ve ever met, and their hashtag challenges are nothing short of genius.