Creative Outlets for Mom
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Creative Outlets for Mom
These days as moms we hear so much about self-care and the importance of taking care of you before you can pour into your family. It is evident. But for some of us, we need to self-evaluate and prioritize what type of self-care is best suited for our lifestyles and personalities.
There is no denying that we need to nurture our souls. There is no question that we need to take care of ourselves to be able to take care of our families.
But what does self-care look like for YOU?
If you are a creative mom; it may look different from pedicures, retail therapy, and a massage.
How do we know we need a creative outlet?
We spend so much time as moms, working to care for others that we can completely miss the signs that we need an outlet. Look for simple signs that you need to spend some time recharging you. You might be exhausted, you may feel disconnected from your self and others, or maybe you are experiencing frustrations and short-fused moments lately.
Whatever the case; know when it’s time to give yourself a break.
God created us with unique gifts and talents. Part of being YOU may need to be exercised by spending some much required time enjoying your creative gifts.
I am an advocate for blending our creative gifts with some time in the presence of the Lord.
For example, if you like to paint; experience some time painting to glorify God. Draw some inspiration from scripture to paint something peaceful. Or if you enjoy sewing, you could spend some time in the word and ask God who you should bless with a handmade gift. Pray over that gift as you sew for that person, speak blessings over whoever will receive your gift.
It is renewing and refreshing to use our talents to glorify the Lord. It also recharges us to spend time with God and do something we enjoy.
You could listen to some worship music while crocheting or pray over your handmade crafts and everyone that will receive them. This small gesture may seem like it isn’t much, but it is an act of service to others which can be satisfying to the soul.
1 Peter 4:10 ESV
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
How to choose which creative outlet is right for you?
We don’t necessarily have to pick up a full-time hobby; we can dabble in various creative outlets. It might be a good idea to date your creative outlets until finding “The One” that works for you.
Try some things you remember you once enjoyed, and see if there is still a spark there. Most likely you will know it is a good fit because the creative choice will naturally feel right to you and energize you.
Try something with some girlfriends or in a group. Friendship is sweet to the souls and trying an activity in a group would be a great way to see if it’s something you would want to pursue.
Another way to test drive a creative outlet is to find a free class or workshop at a local community center or library. Try it out before committing.
When we are choosing a creative outlet we also have to consider our lifestyle. Our season of life.
Questions to ask yourself as you decide on a creative outlet for mom:
- What do I have a little extra time for, or what am I willing to carve out the time to do?
- What can we afford?
- What would fit into our schedule or routine?
- What could I pursue and integrate into our family life?
- Is there a creative outlet I could intertwine into our homeschool? Or enjoy with the kids?
Here are some creative outlet ideas for moms:
Art – Oil or Acrylic Painting, Drawing, Watercolors, and Other Art Mediums
Handicrafts – Sewing, Crocheting, Cross Stitch
Writing – Stories, Poems, Blogging, Write a Book
Unique Crafting – Handmade Items, Scrapbooking, Cards, Special Lettering, Wood Creations, Gifts
Cooking + Baking
Design – Interior, Fashion, Graphics
Organizing – Brain Dumping Ideas, Planning
Learning – New Language, New Craft, or New Endeavor
Music – Voice, Singing, Writing Songs
Wherever you find solace and energize is where you want to try to spend some time when you can.
As moms, we often feel that we have lost ourselves. We are so wrapped up in the lives of our children and husbands. We forget what brought us joy, and of course, our families do, but you are still uniquely you. You still need to exercise your mind, body, and spirit. You need to nourish your soul and unique creativity that God has given you. Find your creative outlet mom.
Comment below and tell me what your creative outlet is.