The other night, after Eve had gone to bed, I sat at our kitchen island with Sam typing out an e-mail. I didn’t even realize I was doing it until Sam teased me about it, but I was gesturing while writing the e-mail as if I were actually talking to the person.
I’ve always been one of those people who constantly needs to be doing something with my hands. It’s been that way since I was a child. Whether I was playing with legos and folding origami while watching Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies on Saturday mornings or doodling in the margins of my notes in chemistry class, I find doing something with my hands to be very calming and centering.
It’s only been in the past couple years that I’ve come to acknowledge that creative energy is constantly coursing through my veins and that I often channel that creativity through my hands.
My mom was the first to point out how creative I was and made sure I was enrolled in art classes and piano lessons and had ample access to art materials. As an adult, I continued to seek out opportunities to make things with my hands. I took classes in beading, jewelry metalsmthing, and DIYing; ran a crafting group for several years; and taught myself how to crochet and relearned how to knit.
Since becoming a mom, I’ve come to realize just how important having creative outlets is to me as a parent, particularly as a stay-at-home mom.
I find the monthly weekend day I’m in the jewelry metalsmithing studio to be revitalizing. I lose track of time when I’m there in a way I can’t during the week — I have to force myself to drink water, eat lunch, even go to the restroom because I’m so immersed in what I’m doing. I return home on these days jubilant and giddy with excitement over my latest design, proudly sharing with Sam and Eve what I have been working on all day.
While taking an entire weekend day to myself to make jewelry may seem selfish to some, it’s vital to my well-being. These days in the studio are like gold to me.
I feel energized, centered, and ready to conquer the upcoming week.
It’s meditative to me after a long week running my business and taking care of Eve. I love being with her during the week, but parenting is downright exhausting sometimes. I’m often following her toddler roller-coaster of emotions and doing everything in my power to stay calm.
Having that time to myself to do something that makes me so utterly happy makes me a better mom. Plus, I’m modeling to Eve the importance of taking care of myself. Just as I try to get enough exercise and eat well — at least in front of her! — I’m showing her that doing something that fuels me mentally is part of that self-care equation.
It was with this mindset, coupled with my background in family support and current roles as mom and creative entrepreneur, that I was inspired to write a book, The Busy Mom’s Guide to Creativity (affiliate link). This interactive workbook was designed for moms who not only want to do something that was purely for them, but to feel good about doing it.
I want moms to not only give themselves permission to do things that they love, but to know that it is actually good for them to do it!
Through interactive worksheets, interviews with professionals, inspirational quotes, and pearls of wisdom for real moms like you and me, I show how you can can do just that. This book isn’t just for the super artistic or craft-oriented. The Busy Mom’s Guide to Creativity is for all moms who want to let go of the mom guilt, connect with themselves, and find time to do the things the love.
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