This Maya Angelou quote sums up my journey to where I am now with Happy By Harper, my little business that aims to bring happiness to myself and others. If you had asked me a year ago, I would have said I didn't have a creative bone in my body.
But, it turns out, creativity comes in many different forms. Each one, as important and as wholesome as another.
Happy By Harper started from a not very positive place. I had poor mental health, and even tiny things were getting the better of me.
And so it began - step by step, every little creative thing I did, I felt like more and more light was coming in. Making a couple of candles in my kitchen, after a friend suggested I give it a try. Having a go throwing pots on my Mum's pottery wheel one long weekend in Devon. Going for long walks to clear my head in London, picking wildflowers from deserted industrial land, pressing them at home and making them into cards.
These tiny things started adding up into real, pure joy. And once that journey started - I couldn't stop!
Now, Happy By Harper is what makes me get up in the morning. Making my products brings me such joy, and I hope spreads joy to those that buy them too. The other part I love is getting to meet so many new and interesting people at markets, online and through workshops.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to do face to face workshops in over a year. But in the midst of everything we're living through at the moment, I have really enjoyed running virtual candle workshops - they're a lovely way of bringing creativity to other people, and helping others spend their time doing something different. I've loved seeing people giving themselves the gift of just being, and just enjoying. They're such a wonderful way to connect with those around you, and connect with yourself too, even if a laptop screen does have to be involved for now! I've been running virtual workshops for work events, birthday parties, and in collaboration with wonderful local organisations like Severndroog Castle and Knack.
I had a spine tingling moment just before Christmas, in a workshop I ran with Severndroog, where some of the participants had bought tickets in pairs, though were taking part in their own houses. It was wonderful to see mothers and daughters unable to meet, and friends in different cities connect through creativity. One day soon, and it will be soon, we have to keep hoping, we'll be able to do these things in person again. And I'll be ready and raring to go!
Are you interested in taking part in a workshop? Head over to my Workshops page to book tickets for the next available dates, or contact me to discuss private workshops.