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South Australia
Everything Creative
Her Story
I\'m a frustrated \'creative\', mother of three, wife and grandmother! I\'ve been a Christian for as long as I can remember. I had a background in Admin and was studying Psychology at Uni when I was blind-sided by illness. I was diagnosed in 1998 with ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). Unable to work outside of the home, my husband and I started our small business in 2006, melding our transferable skills into a unique little business. We originally started out making stockyards and equipment for hobby farmers but our direction changed. God had a greater vision and our business grew to encompass our gifts and strengths. We now specialise in making heritage gates and wrought iron (my husband is a working blacksmith), filling a void in a niche market. The creative aspect of our business makes my heart sing and the practical side makes me feel less isolated and useful again. We work from a small property in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, making beautiful garden and home items from steel. Unable to do the heavy, physical work needed for blacksmithing, I sit back and use my creative skills to design the sort of things I'd love to have in my own home or garden. That very thing is what our business philosophy is about ... bringing and making things that are built to a standard that we ourselves would be happy with, and no less. I'm fussy, and hubby overbuilds things .. so in all, our customers are guaranteed beautiful and long lasting items!
Her Wisdom

That's a hard one! Life's challenges are what have directed who I am and what I'm doing. Believing in myself and having the courage to trust myself and God more would be a start, but the reality is that that's easier said than done. It all comes down to confidence. And confidence is something that grows with age ... just like wisdom. I'm talking about real confidence, genuine confidence. Not superficial, arrogant or fake confidence. If I had my time again, I think I would follow my heart, follow my God given talents and nurture them and not let others pull me away from what makes me happy. As a woman who 'nurtures', I'd also look to nurturing myself more, or as much as I do others. As women we so often forget to nurture our inner selves.

Life throws challenges at each and every one of us. How you handle those challenges says alot about you, and can make your grow or get angry and bitter. The biggest hurdle I had to face was \'acceptance\'. Accepting my illness, the impact it has on my family, my new reality, and then moving on to find what I \"could\" do, rather than focus on the loss and what I \"couldn\'t\" do. I truly believe we are where God wants us to be at any particular time. Illness is not a \'punishment\'. It\'s a condition. A state we\'re in for now. Since being ill, I\'ve found so many gems glimmering in the mud! Limited energy taught me to be more mercenary in some areas of my life, e.g. learning to say \'no\' without guilt and filtering out toxic people. Being kind to me, was probably my biggest lesson irrespective of what others might think. Letting go of perfectionism and allowing things to unfold naturally, and once again accepting things for as they are, was also important.

Listen to your heart. Pray, and seek God\'s will and accept his timing. Know that it might be very different to what you\'re imagining, and have faith that it will be better! Don\'t be afraid to acknowledge that you don\'t know it all and be ready to learn. Learn and grow. Don\'t be afraid to pick up on unexpected opportunities that fly your way.  More often than not these will be threads leading you on to new and exciting ventures. Be brave. Be courageous. Be confident and trust your instincts. Be willing to let go and move on if that\'s where you\'re being taken.