Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Celebrating Creativity

The seasons have turned in our part of the world. The skies have been angry and the weather is grey and rainy. Winter is swiftly on it’s way.

We’ve been spending a lot of time inside. The fire is on, the house smells like banana bread and soup is back on the dinner menu. This weather has given me the perfect excuse to spend time at home finishing up some projects I’ve been working on. All those little projects I’ve started but haven’t finished. There is one in the garage, one in our craft room and many, many floating around in my mind.

Time to create is precious when there are three little ones in the home. During the summer I stayed up quite late but now with the kids at school I find myself thinking about what I would like to accomplish during the day. I love to write, I love to create, I love to cook healthy dinners and spend time with my family. This year I am being more conscious about how I spend my time. Turning off the television has been a huge time saver for me. I watched very few shows during the summer and plan to continue that this fall. My husband and I spend our evenings pursuing our interests. He recently created a workstation where he can pursue his love of recording. I created a studio space for myself so all my supplies are in one area. A small space has become an important part of the creative process for us.

One new discovery I am enjoying this fall is podcasts. I like to listen to them when I am cooking dinner or folding the laundry. I’ve listened to quite a few in the last little while, most of them authors speaking about the writing process. Recently I was sent this podcast by the Creative Coconuts community and I thought I would share it with all of you.

There are many points I agree with in this interview. I agree that the arts should be celebrated as a sustainable career for our children and ourselves. I think a child who is celebrated for success at math or science should be equally celebrated for creating beautiful paintings. It is also important for creative mamas to commit to thrive. So often we think of our gifts as hobbies or our artistry as “being crafty”. Let’s celebrate the amazing talents that we are fortunate enough to possess.

It’s hard to find time for our passions as mamas when there are many other priorities throughout the day. I'm trying to adapt and change with the seasons. Lately, my home is a little more dusty and the laundry pile is a little bigger but I am learning to look beyond the mess and see the opportunity. Let’s take a little time to believe in ourselves just as much as we believe in our little ones.


  1. Oh, Valerie, I just love this! It is important to let our creative sides thrive. I have a habit of just brushing off writing as "nothing" but you're absolutely right - we need to celebrate creativity.

  2. I had noticed the Creative Coconut badge on the sidebar and was going to ask you about it. I'm happy that you mentioned it, because it really sounds like something I'd interested in. I'm all about celebrating creativity. I feel like we're on such similar paths. ;) I to, am trying to make more space in my life for art and writing.