Saturday, July 5, 2014

Doing more of what makes me happy



Earlier this year I realized that it has been quite a very long time since I have drawn anything.  When I was younger, I used to love to draw.  In fact, when I was starting college, I was seriously considering doing something in a creative field.  I even started taking the art general education classes that would have been required.  I really loved them.  However, somehow I settled on accounting, which was also a class I enjoyed when I was still back in high school. 


Then life kinda happened – I went off to college and was very busy with my major and studying for the CPA exam.  I got married and had two kids.  Now I am a full-time working mom, and most days it seems like there isn’t an extra minute in the day.  It feels like I go, go, and go from the moment I get up to the moment I go to bed.  It is so stinking exhausting, and some days I can’t help but get a little down about it.  But, as I mentioned, I was hit with the realization that there were a few things that I just really used to love that I no longer do anymore.  Things that I used to consider part of what made me, “me.”  I have a great life and love it, but it made me pretty sad to realize that I had just let those things stray out of my life. 


So, I’ve decided that I need to do more of them.  Maybe it means that the dishes won’t get done that night, or the laundry might sit in the basket an extra day or so.  Or the dog hair might turn into gigantic tumbleweeds.  (Who am I kidding, that happens anyways!!! Haha!)  I think I will be a more fulfilled me if I push some of that aside and focus on things that truly make me happy.  Of course my family makes me happy, but I am talking about hobbies, here.  I also feel that it is important for the kiddos to see mom doing some things that she finds fun and inspiring.  One night when I was having “bathtub conversations” with the kids while giving them their bath, I had asked Tyler “What does your Mommy like to do for fun?”  The only thing he could think of was read, because I do read quite a bit and they do see me doing that.  But, that was about the only thing he could think of.  When I told him how much his mommy likes to draw, and make things, and play the piano, he was kind of surprised.  He really had no idea that I even did any of that stuff.  Hmmm…kinda sad, since I enjoy those things so much!


I have seen a lot of cute signs that look like they are chalkboard lettering, so I thought that would be a fun place to start.  I also have loved the signs with the states on them, so I decided to combine the two, and I came up with this little sign.  I have plans to hang it on a gallery wall in our house.  I am definitely planning on making more chalkboard signs.  There are so many quotes out there that I love (like the one I used on our playroom wall art), so I will hopefully be sharing those on here in the future! 
I wanted to share this sign as a fun printable for all of you to use, so here are the links!  I know this probably is only good for those people who live or have lived in Illinois.  But, if you like this type of art, I would love for you to leave me a comment or like my Facebook page and let me know if you use this and what other types of things I could share in the future!  Because I most certainly will be making more.

 
I hope that you will also find inspiration to do more of what makes you happy!    

9 comments :

Organized Island said...

I love your chalkboard state! Very cute!

Kristin said...

Thank you!

Erica Sooter said...

Aww, this is so precious! Love the colorful frame and the how the text flows into the heart! So cute :)

Kristin said...

Thanks, Erica!

Lauren @ Bless'er House said...

This is beautiful! I can't even draw stick people. Great job!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

It caught my eye because the state is IL where I live? Have not seen your blog before and stopped by from the feature from Alice's party. Love the frame color and it's simplicity. Cute!

Amy @ The Happy Scraps said...

This is beautiful! I love the way you talk about doing more of what you love. I have been thinking so much about that kind of thing lately. I don't even know what I would tell people if they asked me to tell them about myself. :/ Anyway, thank you for sharing this at The Creative Exchange. I shared this on FB this morning, and I'm pinning as well.

Bobbie S said...

So fun! Thanks so much for linking up to the Creative Exchange Link Party. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I featured your printable on my blog today:
http://www.avisiontoremember.com/2014/07/10-summer-free-printables-roundup-plus.html

Kristin said...

Thanks!