After talking with some friends and family members about my new blog, I’ve decided that the general population (or at least the small part of the general population that I know) needs a little confidence when it comes to DIY. Take my mom for example. She is absolutely fabulous, very capable, smart, and hardworking, not to mention a ridiculously amazing cook and overall great person. But there is one thing she lacks that keeps her from doing a lot of the things I think she’d enjoy. CONFIDENCE. Being a humble and caring person, she is always the first to criticize herself and to “dim her own light” so to speak. When faced with a project that she is unfamiliar with she gets a little panicked and second guesses her own abilities, usually resulting in a phone call to me, my sister, or my dad whom of which she feels are all more “qualified” to takeover. I’m not writing this to criticize her, quite the opposite actually. I’m writing this to all of us out there who feel the same way my mom does. So heres a quick question (forgive me for getting too “deep”): Do you have CONFIDENCE in your abilities to create?
I have found, like I said before, that it seems like the general population in most situations answers a tentative “NO” to the previous question. This flat out bugs me. It bugs me with my mom, it bugs me with my friends, and if you’re feeling this way, well then that bugs me too. It bugs me because I (call me an “idealist”) strongly feel that ANYONE can do ANYTHING that they put their mind to. I don’t know exactly why I feel this way, it could be that I had amazing support from my parents anytime I wanted to give something a try, it could be something that I was just lucky enough to be born with, I don’t really know. But I DO know that never in my life have I wanted to do something and thought that I COULDN’T do it (if I really wanted to). Not to say I haven’t failed miserably at a billion things, but I really feel like my failures were a result of poor planning, bad execution, or lack of practice. Never once have I thought I failed because I simply “couldn’t do it”. Now I’m not completely devoid of doubt, I have come to the conclusion that there will ALWAYS be someone better than me at EVERYTHING. But if being “the best” at something, be it crafts, art, cooking, motherhood, or even nuclear physics, is your goal and your only motivation to undertake a new project, then I can tell you congratulations on your ambitions, and good luck with that. Okay…now I’m rambling. Anyway, I just want to make it VERY clear that YOU (yes YOU) have the potential to be GREAT (or in my case, moderately good) at ANYTHING YOU WANT. So please, Please, PLEASE don’t let your lack of crafting confidence stop you from your own potential.
For those of you out there who still don’t believe, I can only tell you what I know. So heres a little bit about me.
I am 26 years old. I am from a small town in the Idaho countryside. My high school graduating class was 126 people. I started college at a private university in Idaho but only got to about 60-something credits before I got married at 21 and was sent on a whirlwind of supporting my college student hubby and having a premature baby when I was 23. Before I got married and had my son, I was working as a nursing aid for an in-home health care company for $7 per hour and going to school full-time for Art…then Interior Decorating (although I was never accepted into the program)…then Business…I really couldn’t decide and I REALLY HATED college. But I LOVED learning and learned about everything inside my interests on my own through books, the internet, and talking to people who knew more than me. I had some intentions of going back to school (although I think it was more out of not wanting to quit something I started than a real desire to get a degree), but when my son was born at 24 weeks gestation weighing a whopping 1 lb 7 oz things became solely revolved around helping him survive and being a good mom to this new angel baby of mine. After he got well enough and came home from the NICU, I started doing some interior decorating here and there for some extra cash. I had a little decorating experience from working at a furniture store as a “design consultant” but really was self-taught (thank goodness for Amazon and a lot of HGTV). I also started making feather headbands and jewelry and sold those (quite successfully actually) at the craft fairs on my hubby’s college campus. I am really hoping that this post doesn’t discredit myself, maybe I SHOULD pretend that I really know what I’m talking about and that I have loads of experience to back it up. 🙂 I just am trying to prove to you that if I can do it, you can do it. And thats the truth. I am not “successful” in terms of career and public standing, but I can tell you that I feel success every time I create something new or find an innovative way of saving money beautifying myself or my home. So, have CONFIDENCE! You’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish! Anything I can do you can do…and probably better! 🙂 So get CRAFTING!