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Thursday, June 6, 2013

lessons learned

so hey.  it's been awhile.
i haven't blogged in like...forever.  
i fell off the blogging horse.


i'd check in with my favorite blogs and miss it so much.
but life was busy and it was getting too crazy.  

you know what i'm talking about...your calendar is packed with activities and there are a million things on your list.  
you start to get super excited when a day on the calendar is blank.  
i love blank calendar days ♥♥♥♥♥

sometimes you have to give some things up {for a little while} to live a better life.

time off gave me an opportunity to think.  i love to create, but if i don't keep a handle on it, it becomes more of a burden than a positive outlet.


here's what i've learned...

1.  just because you can doesn't mean you should

when i started exploring the creative blog world i wanted to make everything i found.  i mean everything.  i remember seeing the cutest little Styrofoam bee.  it was adorable, really adorable.  i thought, "hey, i can do that", so on my list it went.  

but seriously, what was i going to do with a Styrofoam bee?  

my wee one wasn't even old enough to hold a pencil.  what was i going to do...hang packing peanut Styrofoam bees all over the house?  i can imagine the looks the hubs would have given me.  


"just because you can doesn't mean you should."  i repeat this before i add anything to my list. 

if i don't have a place to put it, i don't make it.  it's a liberating time saver :)  sometimes it's hard to pass up some of all those fantastic ideas, but that's why we  have pinterest now, right? :)

2. let go of guilt

sometimes we all expect way too much of ourselves.  if someone else has already done it and you love it, why spend precious hours recreating it? (unless it's waaaay cheaper)


for my girl scouts bridging ceremony i found an adorable printable program so I bought it rather than spending tons of time trying to recreate something like it. seriously, time is precious, and there are so many talented people out there willing to share.


for my little guy's 4th birthday in january i purchased the most awesome printable invite too.


when people asked if i made it, yep, i felt a little guilt saying "no", but my time is so much more important to me than doing everything myself.

3.  remember what's most important♥

they're only little for so long.  these fleeting moments will soon be gone, and i'll miss them dearly.  creating moments is more important than creating things.


on monday we were supposed to pick up prescriptions and stop for a few groceries.  we stopped at the park first, and the splash pad turned on.  we scratched our plans and they ran in the water fully clothed.  

yep, it was a wet ride home, but those are the little things we'll remember.  those moments come first.  

so we'll see where this chapter goes.  i may be sharing more creative moments than creative projects.  


i hope you'll follow along and create with me♥


Unknown said...

You've put your finger right on it! Good for you finding this clarity. Best wishes!

Janet said...

It's good to hear from you! I'm happy that you are enjoying life and your time with your family. Great post! :)

Eleanor said...

Well said. I've been over halfway through a project and realized with the money that I've spent on supplies, I could have bought this from an etsy seller who has probably perfected the art and could make this in a quarter of the time. As moms we realize how precious our time truly is. However, I am looking forward to your future posts! :)

Annemarie's Haakblog said...

What a great post! It's good to see you're back again but it's even better reading about you living the life you want. Hope to read more from you soon though! :-)

Best wishes, Annemarie


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