Becoming a mom rocked my world in ways I never expected it would.
On the one hand, having a child has been the greatest blessing of my entire life. To say that I cherish every moment with my sweet baby feels like a massive understatement. Sometimes, I marvel over how perfect my life feels when I rock my child in my arms and watch him snooze or when he laughs great big belly laughs.
But on the other hand, there are times where I feel anxious and stressed out, seemingly for no reason at all.
Can you relate?
It took me a while, but I think I’ve figured it out.
When you become a mom, not only does your daily life change, but so does the trajectory of your entire life. You give and you give and you give and before you know it, you’re not totally sure where being a mother ends and being yourself again begins. It’s difficult not to feel lost.
Before my son was born, I worked in Higher Education in a job that I was good at and liked well enough, but it never made me feel alive. I have always wanted to be a professional writer and to pursue that creative line of work and lifestyle. But, if I’m being honest, I liked the consistent income and I was comfortable. I was too afraid, for years, to leave my 401k contributing life and to pursue my creative passion because I was afraid of failing.
However, when my precious baby Hewson was born, I had an epiphany.
When the midwife placed my son on my chest and I looked into his eyes, it struck me that I was holding a completely clean slate. This child’s life was 100% pure potential and I felt so strongly that he was put on this planet to reach that potential that I wanted to do everything in my power to help him reach that.
But it occurred to me in an instant that my mother probably felt the same way when she held me for the first time. This shifted into a momentary, almost out-of-body, experience where I felt connected to every mother from the beginning of time–wild, I know.
But normal or not, I felt a strong sense that if I wanted my baby to be brave and to thrive, I needed to show him how. I couldn’t possibly expect him to pursue his God-given potential if I wasn’t going to pursue mine.
So, even though it was very difficult to do, I left my job as soon as my maternity leave ended (we’ll talk maternity leave later, you can count on that!) and made the decision to finally invest in myself by working as a freelance writer.
This simple act, doing work that is meaningful to me, helps me be a better mom. I finally feel fulfilled and excited about work and life. I’m also working on my novel and constantly looking for creative ways to incorporate creativity into my daily life. This makes me feel alive. It makes me feel that my work is worthwhile.
But one day as I was writing, it occurred to me that I couldn’t possibly be the only mom out there who needed to be creative in order to feel fulfilled.
And so, fellow creative moms, no matter what your day looks like, working full time in an office or working as a stay-at-home mom or anywhere in between:
If you’re trying to figure out how to be able to pursue your creative passions, this blog is for you.
If you need a little inspiration, this blog is for you.
If you need a community to help build you up, this blog is for you.
And so, The Creative Mom Collective is all about inspiring creativity in every area of life, celebrating and valuing your work, and providing you with tips and tricks to free up time to actually be creative in a way that leaves you feeling fulfilled.
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I know one thing about you, Mama. I know you’re amazing and that the creative light within you needs to shine. Let’s be amazed by the things we can do.
Thank you for reading and I’m so excited to journey through the creative lifestyle with you.
So let me know, creative mamas:
What is your greatest struggle finding time to be creative?
What do you use as a creative outlet (or want to use as a creative outlet)? Writing? Cooking? Baking? Painting? Creating? Blogging? Photography?
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