EP. 26 // Diversity in Crafting + Choosing Joy w/ Nita Patterson

We are so honored to have Amanda's beautiful friend + fellow #plannerbabe, Nita Patterson, wife to 'a whole husband’, creative, child of God, fashionista extradordinare, super-force + modern woman in the world on the podcast today imparting inspiration + strength + life lessons + the most amazing wisdom.

This episode is dedicated to the loving memory of Christopher Aiden Patterson.  

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Nita BRINGS IT and her light shines brighter than ever! She talks to A + K about how she's always been crafty, and how she got started in the planner community. Nita also shares her perspective on diversity in the crafting industry, and how being joyful through the tragedy of baby loss a IS A CHOICE. 

Also check out the ladies in their Patreon exclusive ‘After Chatter’ show, where you can sign up to watch a video of Amanda, Kristin, and Nita chat it up!

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

NITA ON DIVERSITY IN CRAFTING: 

OUT OF NECESSITY. "Being on The Happy Planner® Design Team kind of catapulted who I am in this planner community because again...there weren't a lot of women of color on the major design teams...women of color aren't represented...

...how many other amazing, super-creative women of color that I've met in this community that don't have a fraction of my following ...their work is not as recognized & they are amazing illustrators, scrapbookers, women that color with the copics... 

...part of that is I fit an image, and I've made it a point more to, like even with my natural hair...it's almost they're afraid if you're too strong, if you're too pro-black... you have to be very cautious of that... especally if you're on a PR team you are speaking on behalf of those brands, and for some of the women of color, they feel like some of the injustices and things that have gone on, they'd like to speak about them on their personal pages...but you risk not being able to represent these brands, or they don't want to be associated with that for FEAR that it's not as marketable, or it might rock the boat, or doesn't fit into this cookie-cut, this pristine brand that they have..."
 

NITA ON CHOOSING JOY:

"We can have pity parties in life, but again, it always takes me back to my grandmother saying: 'you need to leave your feelings under the pillows when you get up in the morning.' ...IT IS A CHOICE...usually in life, for me, when I've encountered tough situations, it has shaped me, in a way that only through experience you are able to do it. You can't take a shortcut...it's only through endurance you're able to get to the other side...the scripture tells us 'All things work together for good.'...it doesn't feel good to me, but God is still good...IT IS A CHOICE." 
 the innovative  DIY planner clips  Nita created that caught the attention of me & my BIG ideas 

the innovative DIY planner clips Nita created that caught the attention of me & my BIG ideas 

WE WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU LEFT US A WRITTEN REVIEW ON ITUNES HERE

Where to find Nita //

Instagram | YouTube | Apparel Shop

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SHOW NOTES //

@neatlyplanned
The Happy Planner™ 
Nita's DIY planner paper clips
• Ecclesiastes 9:10 hand verse
Lisa Frank stickers
Nita's bright planner pages
Barbie Rub & Color
Creative Card Angels
Black Women Who Plan & Create
BWWPC website
• Mary Burgess
@bwwpc on IG
The Honey B Shop
@thehoneybshop's Black Live Matter illustration 
Sweet Stamp Shop
Mommy Lhey Designs
A's EMPOWERED WOMEN haiku
Tammis Obsessions
Pop Art Gal Sticker Kit
The Happy Planner® SQUAD GOALS
Capital Chic Designs
Simply Me, Kish
Black Women Who Plan & Create National Conference
• Meka @yespleaseplanning
Heidi Swapp
Stephanie Fleming
Michael's Makers Team
A's Memory Keeping in The Happy Planner® class
Christopher Aiden Patterson 
@ourcitylights on losing her son, Max, HERE & HERE
Great Expectations & Miss Havisham
Grey's Anatomy
Weep Not by Dr. Michael D. Moore
Maranda Curtis

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

You don't want to miss out on the AFTER-CHATTER SHOW for this episode! // Head to our Patreon page to sign up and hang out backstage with the girls + Nita getting real about using affirmations. 

PARTNERING w/ SUDIO // 

We've partnered with Sudio - a company who creates headphones that function as both a quality tech device and stylish accessory! // Amanda chose the Tre Pink design, Kristin chose the Regent Black style, + are LOVING them so far! 

Use our specific discount code CRAFTYASS15 to get 15% off any purchase you make from the website!  

Awesome Ladies Live // 

If you love this episode, and would love to be present at a LIVE taping of Crafty Ass Female, come join us at AWESOME LADIES LIVE! This event is a crafty weekend retreat hosted by Kristin and will be happening this year from August 17-19th in East Lansing, MI. Tickets are now available! A + K  hope to see you there!