Creative space for a busy mom like you? Heck yes!

Someone once told me that becoming a mother is just another layer added to everything you already are. You don’t lose yourself or suddenly find yourself having to become something you never were. I still hold tightly to that idea. Being a mom is a process of meeting yourself in a new space, like any other major transition.

Who were you before your children were born? And have you drawn those dear pieces of yourself back into your present? For me, bringing music back was a milestone in honoring my creativity and my full self. Somewhere during my daughter’s tenth month – time blowing full steam ahead! – I decided my chaotic life was as settled as it would ever be and started checking out and auditioning for local choirs. The one I joined has been so. rewarding. Practicing the music happens in stolen scraps of time, chasing after my daughter who has toddled off with the music or whispering notes to myself as she sleeps. It’s messy, fitting this in, but I wouldn’t trade it. I’ve got a piece of myself back. A place where my spirit feels free.

It’s messy, fitting creativity in, but I wouldn’t trade it. I’ve got a piece of myself back. A place where my spirit feels free.

-Ashley Fisher, blogger

Today I caught up with a long-time friend who is in a similar place – navigating the newness of mamahood and our ever-changing children. My friend recently started drawing art back into her life, capturing beauty on paper in some form that feels good to her. There’s no money in it. No fame. No audience, even. It just feels good. She remarked that once you start doing one creative thing, it starts snowballing. She’s making art again and has already started considering the best way to make music part of her days.

Once you start doing one creative thing, it starts snowballing.

Isn’t it wonderful to be alive? To watch opportunity show up as soon as we say, ok, I’m ready now to do this thing that my heart longs for. To watch that inspiration and creativity snowball into more filling experiences? The best part is, the creation is yours. There are no judges, and permission is already given.

*****Today my question for you is: How did you bring creativity back to your life after you became a mother? And if you are discerning your creative ventures, share what you’re thinking about! Please comment below – I just know your answer will inspire someone else to pursue her creative dreams. May our loving energy inspire and lift each other up. go mama!

Your endless to-do list just expired

I love to skim read and my most recent skim was a book called, The One Thing, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. The main premise is that the easiest way to build the life you dream is by choosing the one thing that, once done, would make everything else easier. You’re not allowed to choose your top five or three to-dos. Just the one, the most important one.

This idea really struck me. I often rush around the house taking care of things, getting sidetracked as I go by this and this and this that also needs to be done. Suddenly, I’m quite off course and have to pause to remember where I started. My spiderwebs of activity leave me feeling a little chaotic. And there is still more to do.

Sound familiar?!

In the brief time since reading that book, I’ve started giving myself a “one thing” that I intend to do each evening after my daughter falls asleep. Once done, I set about other things (or not). The liberating thing is that my one thing becomes my one goal. I can hit one goal! I can hit one goal every day!

It’s become kind of fun, picking my one thing. I scan the areas of my life that I’d love to tend to. I’m so excited about growing a flower garden this spring, so today my one thing was planting flower starts in a pot. One pot. There. Garden started. A different day, my one thing was sitting down to create an invitation to neighborhood women for a small gathering. One invitation done. Future connections underway.

My one thing varies, but it allows me to focus on an area of my life that I want to push forward. An area that might be sideswiped by all the other things calling my name. Give it a try! Post a comment below – what is something you’d like to draw into your life? What one thing would most help you do it? You’ll find it’s easy to make time for one thing. And you’re so worth it.

****What would you like to bring into your life? What is the “one thing” you will do to start down that path? Post a comment or reply to someone else’s comment to cheer them on. May our loving energy inspire and lift each other up.