Often times the New Year brings a time to reflect and set goals for growth in the future. We think about what we want to accomplish to make our lives more purposeful and how we can flourish over the next year. It feels good to be motivated and positive about making changes for the better. Am I right?
Well, this year I chose one word that I would like to focus on for the year 2018; the word create. Not only do I want to create more content and products for my blog, but I want to pursue it in my home as well. I feel like God has given us all a desire to create because we are called to be like Him, the Creator of all things.
Over the past 6 years, Pinterest has greatly grown in popularity. We want to find fun ways to pack our kids’ lunches or exciting arts and crafts projects. We pin farmhouse style everything to our “dream home” board. The longing to want beautiful, creative things is part of being human. I truly believe that God made us to appreciate beauty and find enjoyment in His creation.
“If we see our creating as a means of revealing God’s character and loving others, then we have proper ambition to create like we are running out of time, because, in fact, we are!” -Jordan Raynor, Called to Create
So, we have a longing to create but we also have kids. We spend so much of our time running errands, cleaning, and cooking meals. How are we suppose to find time to be creative when we don’t even have time to take a nice, relaxing bath every now and then?
I’d like to share with you three simple ways that you can be creative while doing all the things that need to be done.
We’ve changed our routine and I’m loving it, here’s why. We start our day (after breakfast) with an art project. I’m not talking about cutting out a million pieces of construction paper and telling my kids step by step where everything goes. I’m talking free to do what you want with the supplies I give you, art time.
My kids use their imagination and practice creativity by creating something out of nothing. It’s amazing to watch what they come up with.
Instead of sitting there on my computer answering emails or cleaning during this time, I now strive to be more present and sit at the table with them to join along. In the picture below, we used our oil pastels to create a picture from The Biggest Story. It was so relaxing to let the housework go and just enjoy being there with my kids while we each create our own masterpiece.
On my own each night after the baby is in bed, I’ve been following the book Everyday Watercolor. My girls love to come sit by me each night and cheer me on. Since I am a beginner, I often times feel discouraged, but my girls are always there telling me my paintings are “so pretty”.
I want to practice art with them and on my own so that they can see how we are called to create. The skills and passions that we have can be and should be used for the glory of God.
- Monday: watercolor
- Tuesday: oil pastels
- Wednesday: solid paint sticks
- Thursday: stencils
On Friday and Saturday, I let the kids have free play/art time but they must ask permission before getting supplies out.
In the kitchen
The journey to finding healthy and easy recipes for our families can be a simple way to get our creative juices flowing. The whole process of planning, preparing, and storing meal ideas can be a way for us to be experimental. Exploring what works best for our family and our individual tastes can be fun if we view it more as a privilege than a chore.
So, let’s break it down with different ways to start enjoying the work that is done in the kitchen.
- Finding recipes in cookbooks or online that we want to try
- Scheduling and/or rotating meals that we love
- Using different colors and/or washi tape for each meal type (beef, chicken, meatless, etc.)
- Having fun tools to cook with (spiralizer, bright colored cutting boards, fun patterned knives)
- Trying new foods (we recently tried lentils for the first time and they were delicious)
- Creating a system (trash bowl, pre-cut veggies, set timers)
- Set a beautiful table for family dinner or start a new teatime tradition (maybe check out the thrift stores in your area for some unique teacups)
- Using silicone muffin liners to create easy lunch box meals
- Prepare meals for the week in individual containers
Try to work with what you have and make mealtime a little more fun!
Another simple way that we as moms can practice creativity is by starting some sort of online ministry. I’m not just talking about blogging. There are plenty of ways you can create online without the commitment of a blog.
- Facebook: start your own group or page where you can share encouraging images or mini-posts.
- Instagram: share photos and then provide a small takeaway for your followers. Make it relatable and use hashtags so that others can find your account.
- Youtube: share your homemaking routine, a day in the life as a mom, or do a grocery haul. I actually watch these types of videos all the time and so do other moms!
Some other ideas to consider if these are not for you, are projects in your home like organizing or a DIY. It may seem like a simple task but it’s a great opportunity to get your brain thinking about practical, functional ways to better improve your home. Have fun with it!
Share in the comments what you have created recently. I’d love to hear about it!
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