Have you checked out Emily’s blog, Jones Design Company? I’m sure you have, and I’m sure you’re like me and pretend that you’re IRL friends, right? I think my pretending can have a hint of reality because she and my cousin’s wife are friends. Not that I’ve really talked with that cousin’s wife since my other cousin’s wedding… but still. We’re tight. One of you readers is like me because you have a random connection to Emily as well… we’ve talked about it before.
Anyways, all that to say, Emily does coffee talk posts every now and then, where she shares with her readers what she would share with a friend over coffee. And I feel like you and I are friends, and I’d be up for some coffee right now, so how about we curl up on my couch and chat? My living room is clean, but as usual when a friend is coming over, the kitchen is still a disaster because I just didn’t make it that far. But since we’re friends, you are ok with it and accept that about me. We’re both holding caramel lattes that I made (hmmm… maybe I shouldn’t pretend about this part and make one for myself?), the tree lights are on and life feels cozy.
Do you ever feel intimidated by the immense amounts of creativity that pour out of some people? I feel like I go in spurts. And during those dry phases, I get really hard on myself for not being a creative genius all the time. One of my favorite blogs to read is Stuff Christians Like by Jon Acuff. Most of the posts are poking satirical fun at the silly things we Christians do/like. But when Jon has a serious post, it’s guaranteed to make me think and possibly rock my day. Jon recently posted Stillness isn’t Sexy.
He talked about how he had gotten into this mindset that he always had to be an idea factory, that his mind needed to always be thinking about how to move the blog forward, come up with new book ideas, and be creative. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like my thoughts so much of the time. “How could I repurpose that?” “Why buy if I can knock off?” “Tutorial.Tutorial.Tutorial.” “Why aren’t I getting featured? Was my project not as great as I thought it was?” And then I read these words,
This year, instead of doing that, I just got empty. I stopped writing down ideas. I stopped trying to “get ahead” by deleting emails in my inbox on vacation. I didn’t do anything but play with the kids on the beach and hang out with my wife. I got empty. And into that emptiness I felt like God had some space to whisper again.
Since then, I’ve been working on taking creative pressure off myself. I still pour through blogs and pin ideas I see. But I don’t feel the need to create unless an idea has formed in my mind or I just feel like being crafty. That means my posts here are more sporadic. But wouldn’t you rather see a few of something really good than a lot of wanna-be-goods? And know what’s happened since I took this mindset? I’m feeling way more creative!
Leading up to Thanksgiving I was up to my neck in scarves (haha… pun intended). I wanted to get my shop all stocked up so as sales came in, all I’d have to do is package them up and mail them out. It meant a LOT of scarf making…
All of these folded pieces turned into…
All of these completed scarves, which turned into…
A laptop for me!!! I am feeling so blessed and blown away by all the sales I’ve had lately! With my job coming to a close and turning in my laptop, I set a goal of having enough sales to buy myself a new computer. It was pretty incredible when I saw my account reach a place where I could take advantage of a great Cyber Monday deal. I am absolutely loving my new machine. I will say, though, I’m getting a little scarfed out these days!
Creativity is not equal to clean for me…
My craft room is SUCH a disaster. I kept telling myself to not think or worry about it until December 1 when I was done working. Yikes. It’s December now. The countdown to my parents coming is on, and I have some MAJOR cleaning to do. What you can hardly see in this picture is the intense amount of red fuzz all over the floor from when I made Jace’s Elmo costume. You would seriously think there was a muppet massacre in there.
Speaking of being done working…
This past weekend was my last one on staff at our church (to read more about me becoming a SAHM, check out THIS post). For the last time, I was able to lead our K-3rd grade class in worship and motions. This has always been one of my favorite parts of my job. I even did it until I was 8 months pregnant with Jace. The kids and I are turning with our arms going like windmills here. This will be one of my favorite memories.
Wednesday was my last day at work. The staff gave me a a sweet going away lunch and everyone took a turn affirming me. It was amazing how filled, blessed and loved it made me feel. They also gave me an incredible gift…
…an iPad2. I was blown away. I’ve never imagined myself even owning one. I’m in love with it already. Maybe now I’ll respond to emails faster??? A girl can dream, right?
I’m seriously feeling so spoiled these days. At a time in our lives where we’re taking a leap of faith by having me step down from my job, and going to have to be diligent in sticking so carefully to our budget, I look around and see all these incredible “toys” for me to play with. It definitely motivates me to strive for ways to continually bless others.
I just made a list of all the projects I want to start/finish this month and it’s a good thing I’m not working! I’ll be excited to share them with you.
Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad we had coffee. Maybe we should do this again sometime?