5 Essentials For the Creative Mother

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Mothering is hard! Sacrificing your time, peace and sleep is overwhelming. If you have creative ambitions like I do, it can be even more frustrating to ensure your ambitions are getting your attention along with your loved ones. Right now, these are my essentials for living the creative life I envision:

  1. Read a book. Repeat. Find your quintessential book that you can come back to for that spark you need, again and again; the faithful companion that doesn't let you down. For me, it is The Alchemist by Paul Coelho and Big Girls Don't Cry by Connie Briscoe.
  2. Podcasts. During the twins 2.5 hour nap time, instead of watching Netflix, I like to listen to podcasts. Right now I'm loving Behind the Brilliance with Lisa Nicole Bell. A friend introduced me to her a few months ago and I was hooked! Trendy and always relevant for self-actualization, it allows me to remain inspired!
  3. Be With Other Creatives. Get around other individuals who are using their creative force to move their community. Join a meetup or collective or just hang with the cool kids who are aspiring and working!
  4. Exercise. This is probably the hardest for me. I hit strides in exercising, then fall off for weeks at a time. It seems I can never maintain consistency. But, I can't deny that I feel better throughout the day and sleep better when I do. Whether its yoga, taking a walk in the park or putting on a YouTube workout video, make it a priority to get active.
  5. Wake Up Early. Or, Stay Up Late. Whether you're an early riser or a night owl, you've got to get the most out of your day. As a stay at home mom, sometimes I wake up early to wash a few loads of clothes so I can get in some writing time in the afternoon. Right now, it's 10:59p, the kids are asleep, my husband is in the studio and I'm writing. Pursuing any type of project or creative endeavor means sacrificing time. Sometimes more or less, but definitely at some point along the journey. I know, I know, sleep is essential. But so are those dreams, sis. Pick one, suck it up, and get to work!

**BONUSDon't Hide Your Passion From Your Children. I have a tendency to compartmentalize my life away from my children. I'm guilty of giving them a one-dimensional view of me as their mother, and nothing more. Recently, after telling my daughter about a children's book I wrote, her eyes lit up! She wanted to know all about it and even asked critical questions about the book I hadn't yet thought of. This brief but necessary conversation sparked me in a refreshing way. Now, she holds me accountable to that project. She wants updates! Showing your kids your passion gives them a new way to view you and gives you a fresh perspective. Don't hide it!

Your essentials might change over time. You might master a certain behavior or you might experience a life change that requires a shift. Whatever is making your journey productive, embrace it!

What are your essentials for maintaining your inspiration for projects, ideas or goals?