A few weeks ago I spent all afternoon talking blog, balance, family, and other mysteries of life with some of my two favorite bloggers, Caitlin and Miranda. It was a blast–I love talking bloggy with people who know where I’m coming from.
The thing that stood out to me about all of our very stimulating convo was the idea that our blog–for good or for bad–is a reflection of our creative health. Creativity, that impetuous creature, most be guided, nurtured and protected with a keen eye and heart, or else it can easily get swallowed in the sustenance of a blog or __________. I often feel like my blog is capable of sprouting it’s own little legs to scamper off away from me on, and that I am constantly having to re-evaluate it’s place and importance in my life. I also sometimes feel like it’s my little house pet, and I’m having to keep it contained, because in order to keep it (which I do so want) I have to make sure it stays out of the way and doesn’t cause any undue distractions. I am, however, easily distracted; and so the thing that I love is also sometimes the thing that I must pull away from. When my blog drives my creative process, it becomes work. When creativity drives and is reflected on my blog naturally and spontaneously, it’s an outlet, a pleasure, a passion. My creativity and creative outlets help me be a good mom, too, because when I’m creative and creating, then I’m happy feeling productive, and inspired. I am one of those women who absolutely loves being a mom and all that it entails. I am also one of those women who believe the a good, hearty, healthy passion (and distracton dare I say) is imperative to successful mothering and sanity. It’s the balancing act of the two, however, that I tend to find ever-changing and challenging.
Caitlin, the talented artist that she is, sent this lovely little sketch the day after we visited that depicts this idea so cleverly. I love it so much, I promptly pinned it on my wall for a daily reminder of who is behind the wheel, and why she’s there.