How It Began
Back in 2011, I graduated college with two shiny degrees in Software Engineering. I wanted to be a software developer for software that was going to change the world someday. With that dream in-hand, I got a job at a fantastic company as a developer. Most people don’t understand just how creative software engineering is! When you start a computer program from scratch, it’s like having a blank piece of paper in front of you to fill with creativity. There are a million and one ways to get from point A to point B, and it’s up to you to find the way that works best for your situation. Every developer has their own style and way of doing things which makes each piece of code unique.
A few years later, I wanted to move forward with my personal growth and career growth, and I felt like the best way to do that was to make the move to a smaller company. I started out as a developer on a small team and eventually my company promoted me to project management. Luckily, I love my job as a project manager! I never know what’s going to happen from a day to day basic and I can easily see the impact I’m making on the project. However, I lost a bit of the creativity that I crave.
This is the first post in a Getting to Know Me series. You can find other posts here:
- How I Added More Fun Creativity In My Life (you are here)
- Pouring More Energy Into My Competitive Handmade Business
- Why It’s Important to Invest In Yourself
Carving Out Creative Time
The creativity needed to come from my personal time, and even better if it served as practical creativity. I started to get into planning, something that could be creative, but still practical at the same time. Every week I would create a beautiful spread and decorate it, while also filling in my schedule and keeping on track with all my to-dos. I joined a number of Facebook groups that were specific to creating a bullet journal.
One of these groups talked a lot about people creating their own stickers. I was intrigued, so I started to look into what it would take to do something like that at home. I learned about cutting machines andhow useful they could be for crafters. My husband bought one for me as my Valentine’s Day Gift (isn’t he the best?) and I was hooked!
First, I started to create things for our family. I made myself a new mug, and then all the decorations for my daughter’s birthday party. I got into heat transfer vinyl and made several outfits for friends. Eventually I started running out of ideas for gifts because everyone had gotten something from me!
Making the Jump
Things started to come together for me with the cutting machine. I realized that I could turn this into a fantastic side hustle to help my family bring some income in. I would be able to keep crafting and doing what I loved while also helping to support my family. My family and friends have been incredibly supportive of this new venture for me! Now I create every day between designing my items, crafting them, and working on my blog.
How to do you carve out time to be creative?
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A few years ago, my life was a mess. I had so much to do, so many responsibilities, and too much for one person to handle. Since then, I got my stuff together and have a far more stress free life. Help me help you decrease your stress and live your calmest life.