I’m not going to lie to you, nor have I ever…so here comes:
I have been excited to have kids since I don’t even know when…long before I even met my husband, haha. I came from a smallllllllll town in northern Maine where people have children younger than most (that’s not a bad thing…just different than where I’ve been living the last 6 years of my life) and I’ve been really excited for MY turn! Ever since the wedding, it is as if the baby gates have dropped and my little wee baby brain has taken the lead…ugh. It’s against my own will at this point.
I had the most wonderful conversation with my acupuncturist around this whole topic, and was able to process things with her and it allowed me to figure out why I’ve been feeling the way I’ve been feeling lately. (Ps: she is awesome…and relatively new in Santa Barbara, you should check her out! (http://davidsonacupuncture.com/index.html) Here is what I’ve been thinking:
I was EXTREMELY creative all through my childhood and all the way up until college. I used to spend hours each night in my room drawing, playing piano, or creating stories on the most ancient, ghetto green typewriter you have ever seen. In highschool I was in drama club, the lead in our class play, jazz choir, show choir (glee anyone?), chorus, band, jazz band…etc etc. I was sort of into…stuff
Once college came around, I literally put the breaks on EVERYTHING…I wanted a year or two of my life where I wasn’t busy every single second of the day with some activity. Well, one year turned into four, then 11…whoa. I’ve been out of high school for 11 years?…craziness.
Now, as a 29 year old woman, being the BUSIEST I have ever been in my life (thus far, I know it will get busier…) with opening a business, starting a new career as a Crossfit trainer and trying to be a teammate in making our home run smoothly, I find myself craving those creative outlets more than ever!! The problem is…here is what I find to be available to me:
…while those are all extremely functional hobbies…I just have NO interest in any of them. Well, I WANT to be a scrap-booker…maybe (??)…but I don’t ever make any effort in that direction, which leads to me think that I actually have no interest in that EITHER!
Whenever I consider taking a class on pottery spinning, or guitar lessons, I think “could this possibly make any other part of my life easier”, and if the answer is no, I drop the idea. I think this is why so many adults don’t take time for themselves…:-\ What I am LEARNING is that in order to be more loving to those around me, I need to care for myself first, so here is what I DO do now as sort of “creative” hobbies:
-Going to see open houses…for fun. Why is this creative? I’m creatively imagining where I would put all my furniture and where I would be snuggling up to drink my coffee while I look out at my ocean view…duh.
-Spray painting. No, not the illegal kind where I spray paint weird little gang symbols all over anything I can find…I’m talking DIY projects that I scrounge up on Pintrest… Pretty much, I’m spray painting every piece of furniture in my house right now aqua blue :-p
- Blogging Even thought I have dropped you recently…sorry!!
-Decorating. This is functional! Yay! Efficiency is always good!
I was told recently that there is a strong tie between CREATION and CREATIVITY…if you are blocked in one, it is VERY important to not be blocked in the either. Well, while the logical side of my brain (or mostly I refer to it as “Nick” :-p) says now is not the perfect time to start the newest, most advanced breed of human (our babies may be competing in “the games” at the age of 10…:-p kidding….), I know that I must super charge my creative outlet in the mean time.
I am now accepting applications for my newest creative hobby So…what kinds of cool creative outlets do all of you have??