July 16, 2010

Truth: Creativity or Hard Work

People tell me often that they wish they were creative...like me.  I should take that as a compliment.  I really should.  But we're being honest here, right?  I'm not more creative than the average person.  I just work really hard at the things in my life that "require creativity".  It is my personal belief that for the most part anyone can be or do anything they put their mind to.  If a person decides they'd like to be a singer, it's completely possible.  They may learn slower than someone who has natural talent at it from the beginning, but it is still possible.  They will need to get lessons from the right people and be very diligent, but again...it's possible.  Same with dancing, photography, interior design, and any other craft that is considered to require creativity or talent.  

Photography does not come natural to me!  It took me a full year before my first boss in the photography world trusted me enough to take my own pictures.  That's about a thousand photo sessions to practice.  No joke.  I have learned through much diligence and the proper training to be a technician (not an artist) and work really hard to prepare for my clients so it SEEMS like I'm full of ideas and creativity when the actual session happens.  How's that for truth!!!  It's the same with design, decor and diy.  I have no formal training and quite honestly have never done anything like this before.  But I want a pretty house.  :) So I've been researching and practicing for the past few years in preparation for all this.  Andrew is soooo sick of seeing HGTV on the tube when he gets home, but I let it run ALL DAY in the background in hopes that I'll soak in a little more information that might help me make our house beautiful!

Sooo, why write all this?  Because the next time someone says they wish they were creative like me, I will be able to tell them that they are!  I would LOVE to hear what all you amazing creative people are doing with your homes.  Do you have pictures?  If so, please send them to me and I'll post them on the blog!!!


  1. You're so inspiring, Rachel!! I always think, "Oh man, I wish I could put my wardrobe, my room, my life, etc. as together as this person, but I'm just not as gifted." Some people make everything look so EFFORTLESS, but maybe they're using a lot more effort than I realize behind closed doors. If I keep learning about design and style, I'll have to nail it down eventually! Thank you so much for writing this! I'm so much more hopeful now. :)

  2. Thanks so much for this post. That's all -- just thanks.


  3. Thanks, Lindsay!

    Paige, you can DOOOOOO it! ;)


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