The Creative Mom

 

I love the tub.

It’s where all the good thinking happens.

In a recent bath I was mulling over what it means to be a mom and a creative.

I’ve written about this before…there was  a time when photography was the boyfriend and I couldn’t get enough…even sacrificing sleep and family time to do it. I miss “him” sometimes, but all in all, I’ve figured out work time/non-work time.

I’ve also written about letting go of any chance of having work life balance (I think it’s a farce) and striving towards having harmony instead.

I’ve come to a point of acceptance that I will always be preoccupied with creative ideas…it’s not going away. I finally learned to carry around a journal to write them down when they appear out of no where—so I can…

record it

release it 

get on with it.

The experience of trying to find time for creative endeavors is so different in the various stages of children’s growth. I think about some of you who are trying to find two minutes to yourself just to go the bathroom, let alone sit down with paper and paints. Then there are those of you with empty nests who are relishing time (lots of it) to begin and finish a project, yet you don’t even know where to start. That leaves folks like me who are a taxi service for your kids’ bazillion activities and just getting out to stretch your legs is a big deal! I don’t stay up late anymore…my body told me (yelled at me, actually) that I am a morning person (like 5 am early) and I it’s not smart to be a night owl at the same time. I am finding bits and pieces of creative time during my work day. I’m talking about non-work related art-making, because some how I really have a partition between the two. That might be the issue right there—just because it’s work for someone else does not mean the muse is silenced. I struggle with this. I wonder about you, lovelies. Where do you find the most bang for your buck in making creative time for your passions?

I saw this movie trailer mentioned somewhere in cyberspace. I think it looks very interesting…

 

‘Love to hear your thoughts on this.

Happy holiday-ish week~

OX.

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5 Responses to The Creative Mom

  1. Pam says:

    Looks wonderful! I like to think even if you ,I, anyone, are not a “success” in the eyes of society…as long as your art is making you happy, it can only lead to you being a better mother, wife, self. Otherwise there will always be this conflicted side that will affect your “routine” life as well. I can’t wait to see this film. This would be perfect for the retreat I’m helping with this weekend!

  2. Holly says:

    Love the trailer. I feel the most inspiration from the woman who said, this is all art, meaning life itself. I don’t think there is a thing we do that isn’t creative. Then the worlds come together. We can’t help but be creative beings.

    Holly

  3. Anna says:

    Record it, release it, get on with it…that’s exactly what I have to do. If I don’t get it out of my head the idea will just circle around and around and harass me, but if I can just write it down it all settles.

  4. Amber says:

    I’ve come to a point of acceptance that I will always be preoccupied with creative ideas… I need to do that. Those thoughts filling my head aren’t going away… I’ve tried. I will say that I’ve kept a tiny journal in my purse and i write down all ideas that comes to mind. The problem is I have about 7 journals scattered around the house with bits and pieces of ideas – ha! maybe it’s not organized but at least I’m recording and releasing it (and hopefully getting on it with too!).
    LOVE love that trailer too.

  5. Beth West says:

    Being a homeschooling mom with 6 children still at home, balancing work and family life is often a challenge and sometimes very frustrating! However, I’m determined to become a successful painter both to help with the family income and because there are so many paintings simmering in my head, pounding on the walls of my mind to be put on canvas. The method of “balance” I’ve developed isn’t perfect, but we’re functioning mostly (hopefully?).

    I have 3 older children 17, 14 and 11 and 2 “Littles” ages 6 and 4 (My 19 yo works so she’s not generally part of the equation) . I spend the mornings into early afternoon with them say from 8 to 2. Then the older children begin taking turns with the younger ones. They each watch them for an hour while I paint. I stop at 5 and spend the evenings with them, then when everyone’s in bed, I usually go paint for another hour or 2. Of course, real life often intervenes so I average 3 hours per day. When my children were all little, I was lucky if I could get an hour a day. Most days I didn’t. There are definitely seasons in the life of a family! I also highly recommend Steven Pressfield’s “The War of Art” for encouragement to keep slogging along in your art.

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