I’ve never been a super crafty person. I can sew, but not craft (there really is a difference). The more time goes on, the more I realize something.
I’ve lost the creative side of me.
The last two years of our life have been a blur. In order to get Sean through college and make it all work without going deep into debt, we all had to work super hard. Sean worked night and day on homework, and any extra time was spent helping with Deborah & Co. The children pitched in and did extra housework so I could work on the business and blog.
As for me…my hobbies disappeared. All my energy went towards homeschooling, sustaining Deborah & Co. and this blog, and getting food on the table. When I would burn out (which definitely happened, especially the last semester of college in 2014), I would turn to fluff to distract myself briefly. A Jane Austen movie, an easy to read novel, or browsing Pinterest, dreaming of projects I would love to do but had no time or energy for.
This is the year of change. Sean is currently working on building his graphic design business, and I’m feeling the freedom to step back a little. I have our employee for Deborah & Co. coming more hours as needed, because I want a life back, and I need to carefully nurture the life that is inside me.
I read a book that dramatically helped me see what I’ve been missing. I’m not sure when a homemaking book has effected me so deeply. One night I was actually crying (of course that could be blamed on being pregnant and hormones!).
The Nesting Place book is written by the blogger behind The Nester. I felt like she had peeked into my life and was writing out some of my story. She has lived most of her marriage in rental houses and somehow has managed to transform them into actual homes; places she loved living in.
When we moved to our rental house I looked at it as a survival house. We have lived here for two years now, and while we hope to move at some point this year, we are waiting on the Lord to bring the right house along and are hoping to save more money before purchasing.
In the meantime, I want to work harder on turning this house into a home – a place that we enjoy living in, even though it’s a small house (1000 square feet on the main level, and 200 hundred in the basement that is for business purposes).
I want to actually sew some projects, like I used to. That means getting my serger out and getting it threaded again. Not a fun task for me, but once I do that I can actually work on something!
…and make simple crafts with the children.
…and create an adorable space for the baby in our tiny bedroom,
…and make a fabric scrap banner for my girls.
I just purchased some Annie Sloan Chalk paint and I’m going to paint an end table that is in our living room.
I want to create a functional, yet beautiful house. Another book that is inspiring me is called The Comforts of Home. I love the ideas found here!
I’m going to be creative again.
I’d love to have you join me in this journey! The timing couldn’t be more perfect, because starting next week the DIY bundle will be coming! This is put together by Ryan and Stephanie Langford, the same amazing people that do the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. Since I’m married to an author that is in the bundle, I’ve been able to see all the resources that are coming, and I’m excited!! I’m actually going to Hobby Lobby tonight to purchase a few supplies for some projects that are in the bundle, and do them with the children. 🙂
If you can relate to this post, and want a chance to be creative again, you will want to sign up for this free four step email course that Ryan and Stephanie are offering. It has some printable worksheets and encouraging words to read through, and will provide you with some helpful tips and ideas.
Next week I’ll be sharing with you some ideas of how I’m fitting in time to be creative. It’s not easy, but if I don’t stop and take the time, my children will all be in college before I ever get creative again! 🙂