Create...Re-energize Number 3 is to create, and I don't mean in the sense of procreation, thank-you, that one I have completed.
During the early years of parenting my four, (all under age 7!) I had an interior decorating business. I ran this business out of my home. I designed and created rooms, from window treatments to wall coverings. This kept my creative juices flowing, and seeing my completed projects would energize me.
Then came the teen years- carpools, sporting events, music lessons... and another baby. The season for the business came to an end; my creative juices would be used only occasionally.
Past and present energizers...
Painting... I don't let something sit still too long, and walls are always an open canvas. Furniture can be updated and transformed....garage sale items are a great place to start. Many of my projects have been done with "oops" paints from Home Depot.
Sewing...not clothes, but anything for the home. My new bedroom bedding is the latest. The energy I received from my new bedding was wonderful. My next adventure will be chair covers for the dining room, to transform the outdated honey oak.
I will also be finishing a Mother's Day order for a client ordered through my new business...www.encouragepillow.com.
Hand sewing....I haven't smocked, cross-stitched or embroidered in years, but I am going to do it again, even if it means with glasses. I just purchased some flour sack rags to put iron-stamped embroidered patterns on them and see how much I remember from my grandmother. I fondly remember having such peace when I set to busy my hands with a needle.
Scrapbooking....this creative hobby started with my fifth child. I am not a good scrapper. I concentrate on high school books for each child's graduation and then, ever so often, another one gets completed. This year, the book is for ME. I have started to gather all the pictures from my own life...oh, my! The walk down memory lane is just awesome....now, to start my book to tell my story.
Decorating....any means of decorating, whether it is just setting the table differently, re-arranging the furniture, changing the pictures on the wall or tearing out old white tile for oak counter-tops. The change in my atmosphere can be a vitamin B-12 shot to my soul. This week, I have taken down the 80's gold picture frames to spray paint them silver with black underlay. The 80's gold frame mirror will have an overhaul also. My new dwelling is more limited than my past homes, so I am updating items instead. As I started, my four-year-old met me at the table to "help me" paint.
I believe God made us to create, in one form or another. So, to neglect that part of our being will cause us to dry up. Therefore... creating re-energizes! I think it is also the fact I LOVE to see something completed. Parenting is a long process and I have already been on this journey for 26 years with at least 14 more to go. So, to be able to view the completed process of parenting....well, forget that! So, I am going to keep on re-energizing by putting my hands to creating.. and just watch my energy level rise!