It felt so good to try something new. To accomplish something that even a few years ago I didn’t think I could do without spending hours behind the scenes to figure out how to get the end product. I love to design I have come to realize. I may be re-creating something I have seen somewhere before but usually I am able to put my own spin on it. I don’t know about you but there have been so many times in which I will see something in a store and think “I can make that” just to find out that it’s a bit harder than what I first thought. But now with the wonder of the internet there are so many programs out there that help in the design process. I have been using one of these programs for years since it was especially helpful when I was making up flyers for children’s events I would co-host for church functions. There was always a certain look I wanted, as well as a certain level of professionalism, and I always seem to get it when in this program. So I wasn’t surprised when I was getting it again with my new endeavors.
Before you start to wonder if this is an ad for design programs, it’s not. I just love the feeling of trying something new and realizing it opens up some corner of your brain that you didn’t know was closed. In the world I currently reside in, there is a lot of structure and schedules. This is not bad, actually it is quite necessary when kids and a husband are involved. Most of the time though our nights are the same thing: dinner, clean up, share about our days, then it’s off to do our own things. When listed out like this it seems quite boring, but we are a busy family and the time we spend together is cherished. All too often though the phone comes out and the “scrolling” starts to happen, so one day after I had spent way to much time looking at cute baby cows and working dogs actually working I decided to make a change.
In my family if someone initiates change people follow along. Take for example one night I put my phone down, grabbed a coloring book and some colored pencils and I sat at the table and started to color. About 15 minutes later my son came out with some paints and a canvas, and my oldest daughter got out her Perler beads and started organizing them. We got to talking and soon we realized that the time flew by. So when I started to design things like t-shirts, phone cases and tote bags I started to ask for my family’s opinions. I then started to have them send me photos so I could try and do some designing with them. My new “hobby” is far from perfect but I am able to use my brain and my abilities instead of going dead to the world by scrolling.
The act of creating is amazing. It’s a rush of endorphins when you get the right look or you find a new tool that helps you design better. It’s even more of a jump in the “happy juices” when someone takes what you have made and loves it. I am excited to keep creating, I am excited to keep sharing what I created (Joyfully Living Goods). This new hobby won’t define me but it will be something that helps me be the person I am. If you have something you have been putting off because it may be “too much work” or you are “too busy”, I say change your priorities. Try something new, it could be something that you love and you wished you would have started sooner. Until next time:
A champion is someone who shows up and puts in the work, no matter how the odds are stacked against them.Rich Froning
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Rae’s New Shine Children’s Book
One day Rae woke up and felt different. When she looked at the people around her they seemed to “shine brighter” than she did. When she finally prayed about it and asked her mom for help, she realized she didn’t know her own worth. She didn’t believe in herself and felt dim compared to others. Once she started to see she was talented and worthy her shine came back.