Meet Beth Colletti
Say hi! Would you like to introduce yourself?
Hi! I'm Beth - a mixed media artist who loves to combine paint and thread. I create embroidery patterns and kits, primarily for women who are new to embroidery and are looking for a creative outlet to help them decompress when life gets hectic.
I make my home in New Jersey with my husband and two elderly cats. When I'm not embroidering you can find me cooking, gardening, making handmade gifts for family and friends, or exploring hiking trails.
What does being a creative mean to you?
To me being a creative means having the opportunity to reveal truths through art. It comes through staying curious, discovering connections and tapping into the emotions of your audience.
Do you recall when you first realized you HAD to be creative?
As a child I never thought twice about creating. It was just something I did, whether I was finger painting, assembling my own picture book or just playing outside with sticks and leaves. But I became very aware and determined about pursuing a creative path in college. At the time I was studying for a degree in biology because it was more "practical" than art. But then I took a drawing class and realized how much I missed it! I ended up changing to a degree in graphic design instead.
What is your favorite work ritual?
I love setting up my workspace so I can look out at my backyard as I work. No matter the season, I'm kept company by wildlife or my flower garden, and they are a constant source of inspiration to me.
How do you cope when you feel overwhelmed?
Feeling overwhelmed is generally a clue that I need to pull away and make room for stillness in my life. I turn to my faith in these moments and find peace in prayer, reading scripture and journaling, but also in getting outside away from my work station and going for a hike or a drive.
What three traits would you say are a must for someone going into business for themselves?
Grit, perseverance and passion for your "why". Anyone who's gone into business knows it's extremely hard work and there are a lot of ups and downs. Without a support network, it's easy to become discouraged and overwhelmed. But I also think passion for your "why" is what keeps you going when things get tough.
What is your definition of success? Do you feel that you are successful?
I have wrestled with the idea of success quite a bit, especially because US culture says that popularity and profit are the primary measures of it. Slowly though, I'm coming to believe that success is about being faithful to the goals and visions that originally stirred my heart down this creative path: bringing others joy, pursuing a personally fulfilling career, and creating a better quality of life for my husband and I. The fact that I get to wake up and take a shot at this dream, and see others impacted in a positive way is awesome and makes me feel successful. And on the days I stumble around and fail, I figure that's ok because it means I'm taking risks - without risk-taking there's no failure or success.
What has been the best advice you have received?
When it comes to running a creative business, not to despise small beginnings, nor compare your beginning to someone else's middle or end. (This is always a challenge in the world of social media.)
Who is a female (past, present or fictional) you find inspirational?
Mother Teresa. I've always been in awe of her humility, sacrificial love for the poor, and courage to put her own comforts aside to serve a purpose greater than herself.