Thursday, May 21, 2009

Day 18--Clearing the Canvas

I began the daunting task of transforming the bonus room/playroom into a functional work/writing space. Our office will remain downstairs, but the room upstairs will be the space where I can do what I love and the kids can play.

It's a tricky balance to find--you know, using the small amount of time that I get for myself throughout the week to accomplish the projects, writing, etc. I have a few small windows of opportunity to get such things done throughout the day, and well, the rest of my time is devoted to my monkeys. I just want to reiterate that those windows of time that I talk about are smaller than small. Getting much of anything accomplished during this hour and a half or so is usually a rarity, as most times, it is spent showering and cleaning up. Some might say--well than make sure those kiddos are in bed by 8pm and get to work doing those things you love so much (other than raising babies of course)! Friends, it does NOT work this way. If it did, I would have plenty accomplished and much to show for where this brain takes me throughout the day. Instead, when 8pm rolls around, I am more ready for bed than my kids! One major contribution to my level of fatigue has to do with the running that I've involved myself in, but I can't stomach the thought of giving this up. Finding the balance in all this--is much too tricky.

So, the canvas. I cleaned, organized, and vacuumed the bonus room. Slowly but surely I plan to hang some curtains, put in a writing table and some bookshelves. I'll pull out those boxes and free the creativity that lies within. I'll plaster up the inspiration that hurries my heart and the words than console my mind,and there I will write. I'll work. I'll create. I'll feel. But most of all, I'll ENJOY!


-Christine Mason Miller

5 comments:

Janet Fonoimoana May 22, 2009 at 8:06 AM  

Cassie, thanks so much for letting me view your blog. I feel like I'm getting to know more than I ever have. What a sweet, wonderful mom, wife and woman you are! And so talented! Thanks for sharing. You inspire me.
Aunt Janet

Cassie May 22, 2009 at 8:12 AM  

Thank you for the nice things said! I am happy that we can connect this way,too!

Keri May 22, 2009 at 9:15 AM  

Cassie, you're always an inspiration. P.S. Thanks for the recipe! Can't wait to try it.

mme. bookling May 22, 2009 at 10:18 AM  

I have seen many women give up this balance b/w the creative life that fuels momma and the demands of raising small children.

Looking into motherhood myself, it gives me great hope and inspiration seeing a smart woman insisting that she will remain creative and smart...full of self-care AND child-care.

You make it look sexy!

Cassie May 24, 2009 at 8:09 PM  

mme-
Seeking the balance between motherhood and living a creative life is a neverending fete, but an absolute must. I've starved myself of these things in the past and then ended up being cranky and unhappy. It's that place between--in both worlds that is the ultimate happiness! You can absolutely have both! :)

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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