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Start Something and Discover a Passion

I stared at the blank line before me. The thought of how to fill it was daunting. I tapped my pencil in hopes the repeated motion would prompt an idea. Several minutes passed. Nope. Nothing. Really? For the life of me I could not jot down even one hobby of mine when it came time to share it on a sheet of paper at my MOPS meeting.

How hard is it to come up with AT LEAST one thing that I enjoyed to do in my spare time? Oh that’s right. It’s because in that very moment—the season of life—there was no extra time to spare for such things. Changing diapers, countless loads of laundry and feeding three little humans filled up my daily calendar.

Somewhere along the way I felt as though I lost a part of me even though our family had so much to be thankful for.

As my children started to grow and become more independent, came more freedom to find what filled my soul. But what would that be? What did I enjoy? 

I remembered back to when we were expecting our first daughter and someone gifted us an old dresser. That was the first piece of furniture I painted and was pleased with the end result. The first home we purchased was in good condition but we wanted to make it our own. To save money, I painted most of the rooms myself and actually enjoyed it. Since then, I’ve refinished the harvest table and chairs from my childhood, an old claw foot dining table we currently use in our eat-in kitchen and most recently a solid oak 12-drawer dresser for my daughter.  Her response the first time she saw the completed project melted my heart.  Pure joy!

It is the full experience and feeling I get from the start of the project to the end that provides part of what this momma needs to be at my best. Crank up the tunes, put on “grubby” clothes and toss the hair up, then get to work. It’s in this place that I think freely and quench my creative thirst. I get lost in what I’m doing. For that stretch of time, whether it’s 20 minutes or an hour, I can simply be me and that feels good.

All smiles! Although I did shed tears trying to tackle this new project. It pushed me past my comfort zone.

Finding something that fills your cup and then developing a skill and passion for it takes time. Over the past few years, I’ve even ventured beyond my comfort zone with other projects that included plumbing and tiling {thanks to YouTube and Skype session with my dad}. Carving out time to explore what we love also sets a wonderful example for our kids. My girls have even helped me with some projects too.

Time is precious and as women, oftentimes we don’t want to take time for ourselves for a variety of reasons. However, some of those very reasons are WHY it’s so very important to find an outlet where we can just be. Be creative. Be quiet. Be energized. Be beautiful. Be you.

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