As a creative who also happens to have combined-type ADHD, OCD, perfectionism and rejection sensitivity, amongst other things, life can be pretty tough at times, and the creative process is no exception.
Truth be told, I've been experiencing a bit of a work block, at least in terms of my HollyPCrafts work, I have thankfully been able to get some work done on my book (which isn't craft related). Part of the reason has been due to some aspects of having ADHD (time blindness; organisation and motivation difficulties; needing to try to get not just back into a routine, but into a new routine at that, when so much has been changing etc.), and so trying to actually find time to get work done has been challenging, along with the fact that mentally and physically I've also felt worse at times. The other reasons, however, have been due to the perfectionist side of me, who also has diagnosed rejection sensitivity linked to my ADHD, meaning that I'm highly sensitive to actual or perceived criticism, and am basically phobic of getting anything wrong, failing etc., which is never very helpful, particularly as a creative person.
Learning to find a more sustainable balance in my work life in particular is something that I'm currently working on (and in life in general, feeling very much called to embrace "slow living", which is very contrary to how society generally works). Having recently needed to make the difficult decision to stop working as a special needs teaching assistant due to finding it too challenging physically, mentally and sensory wise, and due to having more care/general responsibilities at home to try to balance as well, I've found myself working once again on my craft business.
I ran HollyPCrafts for a while a number of years ago, but for various reasons I stopped to train and then work for a bit as an SEN TA. If I'm honest, I expected to still be working in that role for a while yet (in addition to writing a book about my experiences as a neurodiverse young carer, now young adult carer, with chronic and mental illness, and how my faith helps me with each of these things). I'm still processing making a decision that I found more difficult than I had expected and at times I'm having to remind myself why I had to make that decision in the first place, and that I was right to make it.
Anyway, what do the words "neurodiverse" and "spoonie" even mean?
Hi! I'm Holly. I'm a Christian and a textile crafter, cardmaker and writer based in Stoke-on-Trent (UK). I hope my products and content inspire you to give crafting and homemaking a try, or indeed any new skill or hobby that you're interested in. Thank you for visiting!