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How to Discover Your Creative Purpose

Follow these 4 steps to make your hobbies feel as fulfilling as possible.

Posted in: Seamwork Radio Podcast • January 24, 2024 • Episode 177

Having a real sense of your creative purpose can act as a North Star that guides you in your hobbies—or any creative part of your life.

But your purpose can shift as you grow and learn different things about yourself. Uncovering what matters to you is something you have to do repeatedly.

So, it's nice to have a process or a few exercises to help you discover how you're changing and how your purpose might be changing, too.

Whether you're discovering your purpose for the first time or you're rediscovering it, here are some exercises to help you discover why you are creative. Apply these to any of your creative hobbies!

Below are the show notes for this podcast episode and a brief summary of what's covered, followed by a full transcript.

4 Steps to Find Your Creative Purpose

Follow these 4 creative prompts and write down your answers. At the end, you’ll put together a statement that embodies why you sew.

Step 1: Identify your values


  • What do you value as a human being in your everyday life?

  • How does that value relate to sewing and creativity?

Step 2: Make a list of your most gratifying projects and your least gratifying projects


  • What makes something gratifying to you?

  • What makes something not gratifying?

Step 3: Write down how sewing makes you feel.


  • Write down 3-5 emotions you feel when you sew.

Step 4: Write a concise statement that captures your purpose.

Now that you’ve done some creative musing, it’s time to combine all of your answers into a concise statement that captures your purposes.

We have a short exercise to help you refine your purpose. Ask yourself “why?” three times. We do this in DYW to develop a goal for sewing for that season.

It helps you uncover your deeper purpose to find the why beneath your why.

Here’s an example:

I sew to do something nice for myself? Why?

Because I don’t feel creative day to day. Why?

Because being creative is a form of self-care.

If you want to dig deep into this exercise, listen to this episode of the podcast: How to Discover Your Sewing Why.

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