It’s quite sad but I don’t think there has been many times where I have thought wow I’m really good at this or that. When people say can reel off many things they are good at or were good at as I child, for me, I really struggle. Is this because there isn’t really anything I’m good at or is this just how I view myself?

light skinned black girl with curly hair wearing a brown turtle neck is lying on the bed and photo is taken from above. She is smiling with her hand to her face, she is lying on top of skeins of yarn. Photo is close up chest upwards.

I have been healing my inner child and doing a lot of work on trauma and PTSD. Luckily I had the opportunity to have therapy through a charity that specialised in my sort of trauma (so it was free). But they could only provide a certain amount of therapy, however I was also lucky enough to experience Art therapy which really changed me. For the first time I felt I was doing art for me and I didn’t have to worry if I was “good” at it or not. A lot of people around me are good at drawing and I always felt I couldn’t compare so I never practiced it, but now I realise through exploring different forms of art that drawing just doesn’t relax me as much as other mediums.

I’ve known for a while textiles is my medium of choice and it really gets me into a flow. I tried making sewing and making clothes but that still kind of stressed me out, I tried knitting but I found it time consuming, but when I really delved in crochet last year I absolutely loved it and I haven’t looked back. It’s inspired me to confidently try different crafts and also to share them on here. I hope my blog can inspire others to have fun with creativity, not put too much pressure on themselves and enjoy the process.

light skinned black girl with curly hair looking happily surprised holding 4 skeins of yarn, one is light blue, one is bright orange, bright pink and pale blue. She is also wearing a brown turtle neck.

Believing in yourself creatively can be challenging, but it is an important step in unlocking your full potential. Here are some tips to help you build self-belief in your creative abilities:

  1. Celebrate your achievements: Keep track of your creative accomplishments, no matter how small, and acknowledge your progress.
  2. Enjoy the process: Don’t get too caught up with the outcome – focus on progression not perfection
  3. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people: Seek out people who believe in you and support your creative pursuits.
  4. Practice gratitude: Take time to reflect on your creative efforts and accomplishments, and give yourself credit for what you have achieved.
  5. Be kind to yourself: Be mindful of negative self-talk and try to replace it with positive affirmations. Acknowledge your strengths, and be patient and compassionate with yourself as you learn and grow.
  6. Embrace your uniqueness: Recognize that your creativity comes from your unique perspective and experiences, and celebrate your individuality.
  7. Learn from your mistakes: Rather than viewing mistakes as failures, see them as opportunities to learn and grow.
  8. Seek inspiration: Surround yourself with creative inspiration, such as art, music, literature, and nature.
  9. Practice regularly: Regular practice will help you to develop your creative skills and build confidence in your abilities.
light skinned black girl with curly hair smiling at the camera wearing a brown turtle neck holding two skeins of yarn, one is bright pink and the other light blue

Let me know in the comments below if creativity has helped with your self belief.

Lissy xoxo

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