Do you feel that society is making it more acceptable to be stressed? I certainly do. We don’t multi task any more, we do three, four or more things at one time. We all have responsibilities and they vary from individual to individual. But what we really need is time to care for ourselves. We need to be able to treat ourselves kindly, without guilt, so that we can give back in a positive way to our loved ones. I have found that connecting with my creative side helps me achieve that balance.
breathe* This is where we take the time to let go. Find or get to that place that allows you to release the days stresses. For me, I try to have that place be my home. I have a framed saying in our back entrance that says “it’s time to drink champagne and dance on the table” it’s a reminder to myself to let go of what I can’t control and know that by being home I am free to breathe.
create* Do you have something you enjoy doing? Something that allows you to relax and enjoy the moment? Perhaps its’ cooking, writing or crochet. For me, I have found card making and mixed media. By designing personal cards I always have a birthday or holiday that I can tap into to stir my creativity. If I am designing a birthday card I draw inspiration from the individual themselves. For holidays and special events, I like to gather paper, embellishments, stamps and die cuts that I am drawn to and then let the design evolve from there.
relax* Once you’ve taken the time to breathe, you’ve opened up your mind to create, now it’s time to relax. Not very long ago I was introduced to paper crafting, I was at a good friends house working on my first DIY Christmas decoration. I had been dealing with stress and struggling to find something to help ease the anxiety. I realized after spending the day crafting, that taking the time to be creative had allowed me to forget all the daily stresses. I was in the moment. I was relaxed.
I want to inspire others to find that outlet that will help them breathe, create and relax. This is my creative journey.