Over the last couple of weeks we’ve made a few changes, and the results have taken me by surprise — in the best possible way.
For years now, probably four solid years, I’ve always (always!) associated myself as a gal who works a lot of hours and somehow the rest of life falls into place. And sure it’s been mostly easy to make that happen, but as of recent I’ve noticed a strong, slow change of how exactly to redirect my focus. You see, I’ve been feeling like what was was just too much. Too much chaos. Too much last-minute scrambling. Too much trying to keep up with so-and-so. And instead of ending my workday feeling inspired, I felt exhausted. And through some wonderful conversations as of late, I know I’m not the only “handmade maker turned mama” to feel this way about daily life.
The truth is, these changes have blessed me in big, exciting, incredible ways.
Here’s what I mean: for the month of April I’ve already read 2.5 books, taken Max to the park to swing about 3x/week, gotten plenty of rest each night (and haven’t used an alarm clock the entire month, either). I’ve baked breakfast delights a couple days a week. Our dinners are super healthy/tasty, yet even more affordable. I’ve even been creative in the most wonderful of new ways — by finally learning and practicing how to embroider. Yippee!
It’s been totally life-giving to make these changes.
What I am realizing is my family wasn’t at the top of my list. But this entire month they have been, and would you believe we’re all thriving from the changes I’ve made?
I’m so encouraged by women who do what’s right for them/their families, instead of seeking to mimic Mrs. Jones.
What makes us creative women so special is we can make possible our hearts desire. But not just make possible, we make better.
And you know what else? We’re ALL creative women, made in the image of God, the ultimate creator. The misconception that only painters or musicians or architects are artists is a lie. The talent you’ve been blessed with is enough.
My handmade story began from a desire to learn how to sew, back in the fall of 2008. Little did I know my husband and I would both lose our automotive industry-related jobs (we were living in Detroit then), and this newfound passion of sewing would become a lifesaver and creative outlet. It was my main focus for years and led our family on some wonderful adventures: quitting my day job in Minneapolis to focus on Gussy Sews, traveling to blog conferences to meet some of my dearest of friends, encouraging others (and receiving encouragement as well) through my online blog community, traveling to Tanzania and having my heart continue to be changed since returning home — it’s been almost 2 years now. YES! Handmade is so dear to me. And I love perhaps even more that I’ve been able to revive the creativity that’s inside me in a fresh, freeing way.
What is pulling on your heart? What creative inspirations are you wanting to start? And who are you waiting for to give you approval to get started?
My feeling is those dearest to you have already said “yes”. You didn’t hear them because you’re just too busy scrambling and trying to keep up — continuing to do the same crazy thing that really isn’t working for you — to even notice their affirmation and blessing.
It’s time to wake up.
Today is the perfect day to make change.
Two of my powerful questions: What would you try if you had no fear, and what adventurous change would you make if you weren’t afraid of risk?