Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Finding my way back to me...

For Junes challenge Lelly says:
"Your challenge for June is to find your way back. No matter what's been keeping you from blogging, each week you are going to find one small hurdle to overcome. One item to cross off of your to-do list. One pile to declutter. One meal to prepare. One (or ten) pounds to lose.One thing each week that will bring you to your blog. Too vague? Don’t worry. I have parameters!!"
Tuesday, June 9 ~meal-planning/preparations or other organized family time
Tuesday, June 16 ~bringing the indoors outdoors for summer
Tuesday, June 23 ~tackle a very unpleasant cleaning task
Tuesday, June 30 ~I feel better already!


June 9th~ Meal planning/preparations or other organized family time...

I should have guarded it better, seeing as how it was such an important part of my life, my birthright if you will. Being born to artistic parents, it was only natural that a bit of their talent would rub off on me. Having creativity course through my veins has been both a blessing and a curse. A blessing when I’ve been able to come up with ideas like turning my living room into a fantasy land for my kids (the memories we made in this magical room will never be matched),

and a curse when my laundry piles up and my dishes sour while I tackle my latest and greatest grandiosely spectacular scheme.
My children have loved me for it, my husband in spite of it, and I, well what can I say, it’s been my life’s breath. Because of this I should have treated it with care when we made our trek to live in the mountains. I know I packed it up, nothing was left in the old house, but for some reason when the contents of each box were put away, my creativity was nowhere to be found. It must have bounced out of the truck onto a lonely stretch of desert highway (where we might now find a pack of coyotes happily writing their memoirs while lounging in their newly decorated den).
I’ve been a shell of myself without it and my family has suffered. I know this because of the reaction I got when I painted one wall of my new home red.

“Oh mom I’m so glad you painted. This house feels like Gilbert now. It’s like we’re finally home. I love this red wall.” They cheered. And that was just one wall, think of the joy I’d bring if I really got my groove on.
They have suffered in other ways as well, mealtime for example. My family loves my cooking, but I’m afraid I’ve been a dud in that area too. Creative culinary love has not touched their plates for some time and I know they have missed it. Fortunately for them though, I have this crazy desire to become fabulous by my fortieth birthday (which is approaching quite quickly I might add) so I have used this summer as a time to start kickin’ it up in the kitchen.
This month’s creative menu has come courtesy of The Pioneer Woman blog. The woman is a food genius and we have had the best time experiencing her tried and true, ultra yummy recipes. Learning from her has lit a spark under me. I have rediscovered the joy of dinner table smiles and I don’t ever want to loose that again.
Life is such an amazing journey, and I know that if I continue forward I will find my creativity again. I’ll pick up a piece of it here and a snippet there as I walk along life’s path. And much of my success will be owed to you, my fellow bloggers. So if you ever worry that blogging might be nothing more than a big old time waster (I know I struggle with that) know that somewhere out there someone might be regenerating their life through yours, what a gift that is.
Jessica taught me how to add links (names only) to my posts. Thank you Jessica, I am so happy. See I told you bloggers were awesome.
To read more SPTs or to join the fun by posting one of your own go HERE.


Marcie said...

All I can say is WOW! Even a tenth of your talent and creativity is more I could possibly hope for. Your "fantasy" living room is the stuff kids dreams are made of.

And your blog is one of those inspiring ones for me. Thanks a bunch!

Shellie said...

I never put my creativity to that good use, but I packed it up when I had 4 kids under 4. It's slowly coming back. I'm trying to get some of those boring things like organizing out of the way so I'll have more free time for it. Also, pioneer woman is awesome!

Housewife Savant said...

You are so brave, posting your goals all brave-like and bravely.

They're good. They're do-able.

You GO.

donna said...

wow what a amazing family room! YOU are so talented.
I really enjoyed your SPT post

4boyzmdmom said...

Those of us who were born with the organized gene are always wishing we had more creativity--believe me! At least my family doesn't know what they are missing! I guess if the laundry started piling up, they'd complain.

4boyzmdmom said...

PS--My plans for cooking this summer are to teach my boys to do it!

Jessica said...

That is one amazing living room. Your kids are so lucky.

I haven't really read Pioneer Woman much. I know, I know, everybody loves her. But if she will plan a months worth of (in season) meals for me, then I will love her too. That was my goal at the beginning of the year. Get organized, get meals planned, which would make shopping a breeze and cooking even easier. January was great, February too, March it all went down the tubes and hasn't gotten back on track since. (Sigh)

Jessica said...

Oh yeah, I'm glad you got the links working! :)

Missy :o) said...

what a great mom to do that to your living room. it looks so awesome. very creative indeed. :o)