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Making a Mess Monday

Something that I long for is a designated time and space for creativity. I know it sounds super dramatic, but I've always been happiest when I was creating something for fun - whether it's patterning for my niece's dress based off of her drawing, drawing out plans for a wedding, making bouquets and centerpieces, or making a flower wall just for the heck of it.

My projects often turns into a messy workspace, whether it's because I have an idea, I mid-execute, and then I am distracted with other work, and I just don't get the opportunity to really finish anything until my husband tells me he can't stand the half-finished project sitting in the corner :') Does this happen to anyone else?

As I mentioned in my previous post, I think being a good steward of our time is important. I wouldn't go as far as to say that I am gifted, in the secular sense, in art and craft, but I do think that I have been gifted with the desire to make art and craft. As I was meditating on how I spend my time, I think something I never really articulated in my life was creating a quiet time that isn't just based on bible reading/reflection. I think it is just as important to practice our gifts and let God use that time how He knows is fit.

My small group is led by a couple with a very artsy daughter, and they mentioned they'd like to have an arts and craft time with me and their daughter as a way of fellowship. It made me think more on what a community that can honestly build. I want to try setting apart some time on Mondays to play around with some sort of craft, and see what happens. A part of having a chaotic schedule is being firm with my time; I can't count how many times I've postponed things in my personal life simply because I couldn't fit it into my work schedule. But that isn't how it should be; work should be a part of our lives, our lives shouldn't be a part of our work. It is most definitely still a boundary I am working on, especially as a workaholic and people-pleaser.

What are some things that you haven't had the time for, and would like to start dedicating a time to? I hope that this year is a year for breaking bad habits and being able to discover new opportunities to nurture the gifts you've been given :)

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