Pain to Passion up

Azeezat
Posted December 28, 2019 from Nigeria

I grew up loving to unravel the endless possibilities of paper crafts - gift boxing/wrapping especially. (No wonder I love to give/present gifts) However, the passion to push the gift wrapping skills faded off into my teenage years - *sighs* -immediate family and few friends thought it was a crazy idea to nurture. Along the line, I discovered and nurtured my flairs for writing and speaking. (No wonder, I studied English Language/Broadcast Journalism at the University/ Broadcast Academy respectively) While honing my writing and speaking skills, I volunteered at radio stations, on shows (from Research, to production, especially presentation) Long story cut short, my faded passion for Crafts was re-ignited while working as a radio show host and volunteering with a couple of NGOs. This was the phase that got me reflecting on the torrents of discouraging and unkind words that faded my passion initially: The immense effects of such words by loved ones. Painful as it was realising the effects of mere words, I didn't dwell on that for too long. Instead, I fuelled my passion and actions drawing from a self-dug well of kind words and ever since made up my mind to share as I grow - on my inherent skills. (No wonder, a few friends now tag me Support System Sister) Hence, the birth of The Crafters Connect. A project that seeks to encourage Creatives, celebrate their unique craft skills, promote patronage for their craft works and connect them to a network of likeminds whose main aims are to build sustainable businesses out of their crafting skills. I've since recorded growing number of confident Craft-Converts - creators and clients Crafts varying from fruit Carving to paper flowers, wood craft, textile designs (tye & dye), etc. I'm glad the power of kind words and swift actions is contributing immensely to the growth of Craft businesses in my community. And I'm not slowing down on my mission. Now, I make boxes for sale, teach the art of box making, organise events to promote crafts, write to celebrate creatives (www.thecraftersconnect.net), etc P.S. It's amazing how effective words such as "Well done", "Keep it up", "Great job" ...can influence confidence and consistency. Being here at World Pulse, I know I'm home.

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Jill Langhus
Dec 28, 2019
Dec 28, 2019

Hello Dear Azeezat,

Thanks for sharing more about your passion, work and background. I love your mission:-) And, yes, it makes a huge difference if we focus on, and receive, positive and encouraging words and feedback in our lives. If I've learned anything being an Encourager on World Pulse, I've learned this. I'm humbled and grateful, as I'm sure you are, to be able to make such a huge difference in these people's lives. Do you train and encourage only women, or everyone? It looks like everyone.

As a side note, you may be interested in "joining" the World Pulse encouragement group. If so, you can learn more about it here and to "join," too, on this link: https://www.worldpulse.com/encourager. Let me know if you have any questions:-) We hope you'll join our group! In the meantime, keep up the great work!

XX

Azeezat
Dec 28, 2019
Dec 28, 2019

Thanks
Yes I encourage everyone, although I've connected with more females than males.

I'm joining the group right away.

Jill Langhus
Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

You're welcome!

That's what I thought:-)

Yay... welcome to the Encourager program, dear:-)

Tarke Edith
Dec 28, 2019
Dec 28, 2019

Hello sister Azeeza
Thanks for sharing you story with us .

Azeezat
Dec 28, 2019
Dec 28, 2019

thank YOU :-D

Lisbeth
Dec 29, 2019
Dec 29, 2019

Hi Azeezat :-),
How is life in Niger? Hope it's cool. And that you yourself is cool ha. I am not that cool here haha.
I have noticed you are a skillful writer, no wonder it's from your background skills.
Congratulations on your Encouraging badge :-). A very warm welcome once again.
Take care of yourself and stay safe during the new year :-)
Hugs

Azeezat
Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

Life is good.
I say being grateful and greatly hopeful too.
:-)

Please be good. Accept my hugs and smiles and best wishes too. Cheers! Be merry

Lisbeth
Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

Haha :-). Those words are actually my personal description ha.
Thanks
Regards

Anita Shrestha
Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

Wow thank you for sharing

Azeezat
Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

Thanks!