Aloha! Again, it’s been awhile. I’ve been on hiatus, to be honest, due to parenting and self care duties.
I originally started this blog to document my creative endeavors, but I’m opening it up to more than just creating craft projects. I’m adding the rollercoaster of a journey through the creative process. I love to create beautiful things and share it on the blog but sometimes (especially up until recently) I have creative blocks. Actually, I was STUCK. I was stuck in a negative mental pattern of doubt, fear, guilt, resentment, anger, and depression that got me nowhere only to harbor even more negative thought patterns that told me I need not start in the first place (tell me you relate?). My inner light briefly went out. I lost my sense of identity. I was of no help to my family or myself. As a stay-at-home mother, I pretty much ran myself into the ground giving so much without giving to myself. The truth is, and I’m being voluntarily vulnerable here, is I compared myself to all those inspirational Instagram and Pinterest feeds that showed a glimpse of their lives via perfect photos of families and their gorgeous décor and craft projects. Then, I strived to be that for myself and the family only to realize I needed to find what worked for our own family dynamic because every family is different. Anyway, I’m still figuring it all out. My truth right now is parenting is hard. Having two little kids is hard. At this moment, there is no time for me to create without the demand of my attention from one or both of the kids. At this moment, even when I have help, the demands of my family come first while my creative endeavors are put on hold. At the end of the day, sleep is more important for myself than staying up to start and finish a craft project. Needless to say, I’m yearning for a change.
As I enter mid 2017, I want to set myself up for success for the rest of the year. I’m committing to just ONE project a week until 2018. Just ONE. One art or craft project that lights me up and fulfills me. That’s thirty projects completed by December 31st. It may be a crochet project, a painting project, a paper project, a art nature project, or a scrapbooking project. It may be something I do with the kids and/or something I create by myself. I just want to start creating and blogging again. And you know what? I’m letting myself off the hook. Whatever I create, albeit a simple greeting card or my dream office space, I’ll be celebrating it because I created it. Will you celebrate with me?
Now I’d like to hear from you. Comment below and answer,
What brings you back to doing what you love?