As an ambitious and free spirit I find that I must find time for myself and my creative outlet as a full time mom and housewife. I devote so much of my time to my home and my children, that I need a break for myself to indulge in me time, as well as a creative outlet to allow expressive and enjoyment of my own. Not to say I do not enjoy being with my children all day, and spending time with my husband at night; but I know if I do not take some time for me I will be spent too often and loose my enjoyment and even sometimes my cool with my family.
I am blessed to have a husband who is very helpful around the home and understands my need for me time, so he encourages me to take time for myself to have a break from the house as for me, my battery recharges from energy extravert activities. I am not naturally a homebody, but he is, so we end up spending a large majority of our time at home spending time together. We still go out just not as often as I used to both because we have children and also to save money for more important fun.
Sometimes that means we go on vacations, and sometimes that means I go out for a visit with a girlfriend over drinks and dinner, or coffee. He encourages me to take little day trips to a faraway city to go shopping and get my city fill, since we live in a small city and I need a little bit of the bustle each season.
I am and always have been an artist at heart and spent many hours as a single or child creating art. If I could have or had been encouraged to pursue it more I would have. I am now able to do it when I have time, or when my husband helps me make time to pursue art outside of home, such as performing. Spending a large portion of my childhood in performing arts and singing it was and still is a passion of mine.
I’ve spent time as a housewife indulging some of my art at home such as painting, drawing and culinary arts but I wished to continue and missed performing as well. So volunteering with the children’s Sunday school I led children praise on Sunday mornings for a bit in our last location. It was very rewarding and I loved seeing their little faces light up.
So recently after a 10 year hiatus I auditioned and got the part in a play at our local dinner theater. So in the midst of a play, though it is very hard work, I enjoyed every minute of it. I feel as though I am able to still do something I love and be the kind of mother I want to be as well as who I feel my children need at this stage of life. My husband is supportive and asks me about it to show me he cares about my interest, and for this I am thankful. Which has resulted in another opportunity to because I was asked by a co-star who is starting his own preforming arts co., to be in his first show as one of the actors dropped out.
Lately writing and acting have been my outlets for creativity that I have been able to work into this season of littles. I do with there were more opportunity for acting but I do recognize that God always puts me where I need to be in order to grow and mature in the ways I need to for future success.