I read a lot of other crafting and design blogs. It helps me say in the loop of what is in style and it inspires me to read about other emerging artists and designers. I learn about what drives them, what inspires them and what their creative process is.
Sometimes however, it becomes an overload of information, and I start to feel small and insignificant. I start to feel like what I do isn't important or I'm not as good as (insert name here). And then I start to evaluate why I do what I do. In this case, running a small sewing and crafting business.
I'm not talking only about crafting and sewing, I'm sure people have told themselves 'I'm not as good of an artist as (somebody I know)', 'I can't take pictures as well as (so-and-so)', '(speedy Gonzales) can run soooo much faster than I can', '(my sister) is such a better writer than I am', '(blank) can play guitar like Taylor Swift and I can't'. We can be our worst critics, maybe that's what makes us try harder to be better, to do better. Maybe we are born with that desire to always beat our personal best. If we weren't born with that we would have no desire to learn more, to graduate high school, to go to university, to start a career or change careers.
In my experience, to stop comparing myself with (better person than me) is the first step. That's not to say comparison is all bad, in some cases that may drive us more. We are all different, and we do life differently. My creative process and outlet is different for me than for someone else, and it looks different too. I don't feel like I'm as good as some of the other craft and sewing blogs that I read. I have to stop and just enjoy what I do, who I am, and best of all, where I used to be. If I compare myself to the first day I started sewing (15 years ago) I am AWESOME now!
So be the best you can be for YOU, beat YOUR personal best, and have fun getting better at what you do!
"(so-and-so) always has a cleaner house than I do."
"I am the best accordion player I know."
(no, seriously I am.......I am the only one I know)