About, oh, a year and a half ago things were a little different around here. I was fortunate to be working for a slew of design teams and often participating in outside projects or cooking up my own creative ideas. I submitted layouts to publication regularly, and enjoyed packing them off and seeing them in the issue months later. I had tons of new product coming in, and was using most of it. I scrapbooked every night at least, hardly missing a day.
And then, a few things happened. First, I got pregnant. Which was so long awaited and as thrilling as can be, but well, it made me tired. I still scrapbooked every night, but often for shorter amounts of time, and I alternated between standing and sitting down (I am generally ONLY a standing scrapper!).
A few months after that, I got a job. Which is when I discovered that sneaky truth of adult life will a 9 to 5 job, which is that by the time you come home from work, make dinner, catch up on laundry, and respond to emails, there's not a whole lot of time left in the day. So my scrapping continued, but on days when I was cooking for Shabbos I had to forgo my nightly ritual, and I struggled to spend at least as much time scrapping as I was spending on submitting and putting myself out there.
Fast forward another couple of months, and this little one came on the scene.
For a while, I lost all semblance of a routine, as day/night/sleep/nap/scream time became all meshed into one. I scrapped as my break during maternity leave, but once I came back to work it was a whole new situation.
At this particular moment, I'm the busiest I've been in a long, long time. I'm extremely blessed to have all of the things that keep me occupied, from the sweet baby to the fulfilling job to the brand new house.
But one of the hardest parts of this phase of my life is learning how to say no, especially to scrappy things that bring me so much joy. No, I shouldn't spend time submitting a layout right now when my boxes are still piled up and causing me stress. No, I shouldn't apply to this design team because I couldn't give it the time it deserves. No, this dream needs to wait.
I'm still keeping up with my current team, and I'm having fun scrapbooking whenever I get the chance to do it. I hope that when we unpack and settle into a new routine, it can happen twice a week or so. In the meantime, I'll keep sharing with you what I do have time to create, and the ups and downs of making time for this fabulous hobby of ours.
How do YOU fit creativity into your busy life?