Today as I was looking through my instagram feed I happened to see a free webinar from Craftsposure. I was pulled in with the mention of building my follower base. I signed up and I listened in. Craftsposure is an Instagram feed that started in 2015 and has since reached 300K followers. It was started to help individuals that make creative items get exposure on Instagram. A lot of great advice was offered and but what really stuck with me was when we were asked, "how can your followers benefit from your posts." That got me thinking, what can I offer to anyone who decides to follow my instagram feed? What is unique to me and what I do that I can share with others? I have been putting a lot of time and energy in creating items for my small business, but the reason why I'm putting the time and energy in is what I want to share. I'm doing all this because I need to, for me.
I am the mother of a son with autism, and due to his diagnosis I am also one of his caregivers. I try to be very sensitive to his story and respect that there are parts that are only for him to share, while I try to figure out how I define my role as caregiver to him. Not too long ago, I watched "The Fundamentals of Caring" on Netflix and at the very beginning they mention the commandments of caring and how you have to take care of yourself before you take care of others. Art and other creative outlets are prescribed as a therapeutic outlet and I've been making things for so long, but after my sons diagnosis, I didn't dedicate time for that part of me and I have been sorting a way to be creative again and balance that with my families needs. Suspiro has been an ongoing project, but lately there is a direct correlation between the work I am doing and how it is an outlet for me. I am a mom who cares for a child with special needs and I take time to be creative, and that is what I'm interested in starting a dialogue about.
If you're a parent, guardian or caregiver of someone with special needs and you strive to be creative, I'd like to hear from you. I know there are lots of us out there.