Behind every strong soldier, there is a strong woman who stands behind him, supports him, and loves him with all her heart. Hi, I am Preeti Yadav an army officer’s wife and I am a passionate crafter and a proud mom. After becoming an army officer’s wife and a mother, my life was full of crazy parenting adventures, discovering happiness in motherhood, and navigating the difficulties of military life. Currently, we are posted at Port Blair, a beautiful place in Andaman and Nicobar. I did MA and M.Ed and served as a teacher for many years in Prestigious Army School but crafting became my career after a Life changing experience which I would like to share with you all as the catastrophe can arrive at your doorstep in any number of similar ways. When we were posted in Kashmir in September 2014, that area suffered disastrous floods across many of its districts caused by torrential rainfall that triggered flooding and landslides. My house was submerged underwater, and I lost everything that day. I cried a lot because I built that house with all my love, but I didn’t lose hope. Soon I rebuilt it and started giving life to all my broken pieces with my crafting skills. I started posting my renovation pics on Facebook and people on social media encouraged me and liked my work and slowly I had thousands of followers and that’s how Craft your Wishes was born.
I think anyone you know, who has any sort of artistic pursuit, goes up and down with the way they feel about their work. And I mostly am a pretty cheerful person. But, yeah, when I had gone through that tough phase of my life, I was blessed with my first child. His presence gave me a lot of power and energy to go through that phase. I learned that life will go through changes – up and down and up again.
My area of interest in the craft are decoupage and Mixed media but in crafting there is no limit so I keep experimenting in all possible ways until I meet my expectation with my end product. I take workshops all over the country and put exhibitions wherever we are posted and sharing my artist skills with the locals gives me immense satisfaction and it blessed me to receive lots of appreciation for my hard work.
As we teach our children to be creative, it is a great opportunity for us as a mother to release our own inner creativity. Being creative with your child will allow you to see the world through their eyes and give you moments of genuine connection with your child and yourself. It’s good for the soul to take some time out with the inner creative you. Take the time to think about your passions, because your passion is so very important to your well-being, your mood, and who you are. Since childhood, I always had the desire to do something out of the box, but I never had time to explore with my own skills. When I started renovating all my broken pieces which were damaged during the flood, I realized here is the calling to follow my passion. I got so much appreciation not only from my family and friends but from others too.
Creativity in motherhood is a hidden talent that we all possess, as each day we deal with the unexpected, play with our children and multitask. In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves. A baby fills a place in your heart that you never knew was empty. I begin to love this little creature and to anticipate his birth as a fresh twist in my life. I’m so lucky to be a mother. If everything goes apart but you see your baby’s face, you can see the beauty of this world through his eyes and all your worries vanish.
I take personal orders which I get through these exhibitions, from my social media domains or during my exhibitions, and it gives me immense pleasure when all customers are happy and share their encouraging feedback. Very soon, I will set up my personal Art and Craft studio where I will welcome all the creative artists from all over the country to showcase their talent and do workshops. Being an army officer’s wife, I know my social responsibilities well, so I also provide my selfless free services to soldier’s families and children and take craft classes for them.
I am so excited and happy to share on Nov2020 it crowned me as Mr. West India. Few moments are so special that can’t be expressed in words, and it was one of them, the most unforgettable moment of my life.
As a young girl, I always had a dream to be a Beauty Queen. My mom had always told me I would be a model because of how I was and my attention to the camera. During my Crafting days, I had many professional photo shoots for my projects then a couple of my friends found my poses very nice and always encouraged me to be a model but I had a feeling that how I will fulfill my dreams. Then I came across this Mr.West India Pageant when I read the requirements, then I felt I should try. And I thought I should come out of my shell as I felt that now it’s a high time I should not wait for the perfect moment rather take this moment and make it perfect.
I believe everything happens for a reason. The team behind this pageant was so supportive they encouraged me a lot, and that bought me high energy and a lot of confidence. They thought me that how should I need to plan, prepare, and follow a strategy to stand out and get noticed.
I’m thrilled to be crowned as Mrs. West India 2020 and would like to share that there is a myth that being a model you only have to look good NO!!! To become a model, it takes a hell of a lot of discipline, effort, and perseverance.
My journey has just started looking forward to it and would love to encourage all those ladies who always have dreams as I believe every mother can fix her own crown because of the sacrifices she all makes to ensure the happiness of her family and others take it for granted because it is always assumed that it’s our duty. It’s time to treat all mothers with the respect that queens deserve. We all play a variety of integral roles in every one day-to-day life.
From my personal experience, what I have learned is: Don’t quit! Never give up trying to build the world you can see, Listen to your heart always. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds.
A message I would like to give to all the Indian creative mothers is to stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learning. Work hard and be confident in what you do and never give up on your dreams and I would love to encourage mothers to embrace their own uniqueness.