One of the most stifling feelings I have ever felt is the thought that the raising of my kid is standing between me and my creative dreams. It’s a scary and horrible thought, because both things are extremely important to me. So how can you put one over the other?
Inevitably we wonder how the heck do moms do it? How do they end up accomplishing anything at all with kids around?
When I first started my motherhood journey, I sort of gave up everything else. There was nothing more important than the little baby I was carrying in my tummy, then the big baby I was caring for and suddenly the toddler that I am still chasing around.
But slowly, I started to realize that it’s okay that being a mom intersects with what I do. Sure it takes a whole lot of my time and energy, but it also inspires and motivates. In fact, I’ve never ever felt before such amazing feelings, just watching my child grow up. There are beautiful moments and crazy messy moments, but absolutely no regrets. It’s often hard to say that about anything else in life.
With the years I think I have also grown a bit old and stiff, physically, mentally, emotionally? But with little ones in your life, you can’t help but be reminded of the vitality there is in life and the amazing hope and growth there is for all of us.
Sure it sounds dramatic, but motherhood has changed my soul for the better. I might still be frazzled at times (a lot of the time), but it’s all a good in the end. All I can do is try my best to live life to the fullest and show my little boy the joys of life by example.
I still have so much to learn, but that is part of the lesson in life… we always learn and grow… but we can live a rich, full and happy life no matter what.
I always say that motherhood kicks my butt and it still does every single day. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. That’s the amazing thing, I suppose.
I think an important lesson to remember is that you can’t measure your success by how much you create or finish… really it’s about how you do it. Is your creativity making you happy at the end of the day? That’s what really matters.
This year I decided to tackle my memory keeping in a planner format and at first, I wasn’t sure how it would all work out. I created my own leather bound book and then I was totally inspired by Stephanie Bryan’s project life mini books and decided to follow in her footsteps. I’m really happy with the results and the ability to combine everything in one place.
I was able to finish up January and wanted to share all the various pages I’ve created. They vary from traditional scrapbook pages to little inserts to a calendar planner page. It’s a big mix and I really like the freedom to do whatever!
My only concern is how thick this book will get after a full year of memory keeping. Hopefully the big rings I have are enough, because I like to keep the year all together. I subscribe to Studio Calico’s monthly PL kit, so all the supplies are from the January Far Far Away Project Life® Kit, plus some other bits I already had in my stash.
I have to say my favorite part is the opening page with the gold 2015 lettering and the vellum see-thru to the photo of my son. I just adore it, even though it’s so simple! I’m really looking forward to adding to my memory book and so happy to have found something that is inspiring me – yay!
It’s February 2015!
This is the monthly blog parade link-up so we can check-in every month to share the work we have been creating. Every step forward, no matter how small counts! Blog about your latest and greatest and share the DIRECT link to your blog post below.
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Can’t wait to see what you have been up to!
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urge that motivates you.
Keep the channel open.
Doesn’t that just say all the right things, especially for creative folks like us?
I was introduced to this wonderful quote by Martha Graham after watching Marie Forleo’s video this week. I was instantly inspired and had to share. It simply makes me feel great about letting whatever creativity that flows out of me… out! No more judgements or second guessing, hesitations or self-criticism or paralysis.
Amazing how eureka moments just appear out of nowhere. I love it! Wishing you a happy week!