I’ve been a crafter since 1959. Yes, I was just 5 years old when I created my first masterpiece. It was a smooth, flat stone onto which I had glued a photo cut from my Dad’s beloved collection of vintage National Geographic magazines. To add theft to defacement, I used a beautiful river rock I had stolen from the neighbor’s manicured garden. And since I’m confessing, I’ll reveal the kicker. I sold the embellished rock back to the same neighbor for a dollar.

You see, my friends, even then I felt I had to somehow “pay” for my desire to create. Nearly every crafter I know feels that way; and I know a lot of crafters. Each day, in my Facebook group, I chat with nearly 10,000 of them. My Youtube channel has 32,000 more like-minded followers. On Instagram, another 1,800. It’s clear that the simple joy of creating has been usurped by a niggling kernel of guilt – a little voice that whispers, “I must profit from my creations”. I call it Crafter’s Remorse and I’m here to stamp it out.

Learning to Value Joy Over Profits

Let’s ask ourselves this: If you developed a passion for kayaking or tap dancing or stamp collecting, would the world expect you to monetize it as soon as possible? Every life pursuit costs money. Is your pursuit somehow unworthy? Of course not.

So, today, let’s choose simple joy. You don’t have to profit. Ever.  How wonderful that the urge to create thrives deep inside you. (If you’re like me, you’ve known it since your earliest memory.) It’s a gift you were given, one that can provide happiness and peace of mind throughout your life. And when we look around at family, what are they all doing? They’re seeking happiness and peace of mind by doing the things they like to do. When you craft, you’re showing them the worthwhile nature of their interests as well as yours. I’d say that’s a win-win.

Rachel Moonchild at IndyJam 2017, I included this because of the genuine joy on her face.

Teresa Salgado