Busy Mom VS Daily Grind – What I’ve Learned

New here and wondering what’s going on? Busy Mom VS Daily Grind is all about making the dedication to do something every day that will help you live a happier, more fulfilling life. I have committed to document my journey of developing the habits of living moment by moment, being grateful, and bringing self expression + creativity into every day. Read more about the challenge HERE.


Taking on this 30 day challenge was an amazing experience. It took all of my strength, energy, and dedication to keep at it, but I survived! And not only have I developed the habits of being present, relishing the happy moments, and bringing creativity into every day; but I have also learned a lot about myself, about creating habits, and about creativity in general.


Some things I’ve learned along the way:

  • When doing a blog challenge, you should have some money squirrelled away, or a backup source of income if you work from home. Blogging everyday took up all my energy, and I had none left to focus on my business and keep my income flowing!

  • Trying to develop more than one habit at a time doesn’t work very well. Developing a new habit takes a lot of work. It would be much easier (and I’m sure more successful) if you focus on one habit at a time.

  • You don’t need to be “in the moment” for every moment of your life. Your body and mind go on auto pilot sometimes for a reason. The trick is to be able to snap back into being present during those important moments, such as when you’re with people you love or experiencing something new. 
     
  • Happy moments are too easily forgotten. Our minds our wired to remember bad experiences more easily as a part of our survival instincts. So in order to lead a happier life, you need to compensate for this by focusing more intently on the good that is around you. 
     
  • Research doesn’t make you an expert; experiencing it for yourself does. I have been following the world of collage and art journaling for years now, and having all this knowledge on the subject and images in my head from other artists makes me feel like I’ve been doing it myself for years. So when I finally had the courage to start my own journal, I expected something amazing to come out of it. But it didn’t happen. Because in reality, I’m a complete novice; and what I really needed to do was start at the beginning. 
     
  • It’s never wise to focus on the outcome of creativity. It only creates stress. You need to focus on relaxing, having fun, and playing with your creativity.

  • Having a daily creative habit doesn’t mean you have to make something everyday. Small things like going for a walk, taking photos, or doodling on a napkin can be ways to exercise your creative side.

  • Waiting until the end of the day to do something creative (or work on any habit) is torturous. It makes you feel pressured, and then you don’t want to do it. Having a plan on how to tackle it during the day is much less stressful and more enjoyable.

  • Having someone to cheer you on while you’re trying to develop a new habit is very helpful, if not essential. Without the support of my friends, family, and all of you, I’m not sure I would have made it this far!
     

I’ve always believed that having a daily creative habit helps you live a happier, more fulfilling life. But now that I’m actually experiencing it for myself, I am amazed at how it has been transforming my life. I’m living with more clarity, experiencing inspiration all around me, discovering my true inner feelings easier, and living with less stress. 

I want to thank all of you who have supported me through this journey. I couldn’t have done it without you! :)

 

If you’ve missed part or all of my 30 day journey,
here are some highlights:

Day 1 – A rocky beginning, and learning about how our minds remember the negative experiences more easily than the good.
Day 3 – Scrappy Tags Tutorial!
Day 5 – Finding the key to fighting the daily grind.
Day 8 – Stressful beginner’s syndrome
Day 9 – Winning a losing battle – “staying in the moment”
Day 10 – Kids Keepsake Magnets Tutorial!
Day 17 – A shared story, my first time on a paddle board
Day 21 – A complete failure, when it all turns around
Day 27 – My advice to budding artists
 


Has any part of my journey really inspired you? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!




Busy Mom VS Daily Grind – Day 30

New here and wondering what’s going on? Busy Mom VS Daily Grind is all about making the dedication to do something every day that will help you live a happier, more fulfilling life. I have committed to document my journey of developing the habits of living moment by moment, being grateful, and bringing self expression + creativity into every day. Read more about the challenge HERE.


Its Day 30! I can’t believe its over already, and yet I feel like I’ve been doing this forever. For my last day, I decided to keep the theme “giving” in mind and share my creativity with the world.

It all began when I started to get frustrated at 7am. So, instead of yelling at my little one to get ready faster for summer camp, I decided to doodle a heart to put in her lunch bag while I waited for her to get ready. (Oh yeah, that’s a spiderman backpack! he he!) 


Then, my oldest and I decided to “hide” our painted rocks around town for other people to find them.



She insisted that we put little notes attached to each one! :)


As we continued around town, we left our mark everywhere we could!



We had so much fun thinking of different things we could create for other people to find. Granted, my daughter did most of the creative work today since I was busy with the little ones, but it was an amazing collaborative project nonetheless. 

It was a great day. I think tomorrow, I’m going to write “Enjoy the happy moments” along the street so that people can read it as they walk by. :)


So tomorrow, I finally have a day off from blogging! (Yay, just in time for 4th of July!) Although I will not have a day off from being present, relishing the happy moments, and expressing my creativity. I still don’t think it has become a natural habit for me yet, but I will keep working at it.

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Busy Mom VS Daily Grind – Day 29

New here and wondering what’s going on? Busy Mom VS Daily Grind is all about making the dedication to do something every day that will help you live a happier, more fulfilling life. I have committed to document my journey of developing the habits of living moment by moment, being grateful, and bringing self expression + creativity into every day. Read more about the challenge HERE.


After our adventurous weekend, we decided to stay home and relax for the day. I was starting to get bored, and anxious to do something creative; but wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. So I started poking around the internet, and decided to login to a class that I had purchased a few months back and never finished, called Junk Mail Artist’s Book by Carla Sonheim.
 


(Above is a sample book by Carla Sonheim)I LOVE the textures and layers in this project! Plus, you really need to get creative when you start to put the drawings together on the different sized pages. I was able to get my pages painted and put together, but didn’t get a chance to finish all the drawing yet.


I started the drawings, but didn’t get very far. Its tough puzzling all those lines together! 


Its definitely a challenging project. I think its one of those things that you really need to practice in order to get a good outcome!

Anyway, it felt good to work on a class that I had purchased. Have you ever purchased an online class and never did the project? I do that all too often! lol





Busy Mom VS Daily Grind – Day 28

New here and wondering what’s going on? Busy Mom VS Daily Grind is all about making the dedication to do something every day that will help you live a happier, more fulfilling life. I have committed to document my journey of developing the habits of living moment by moment, being grateful, and bringing self expression + creativity into every day. Read more about the challenge HERE.


This weekend has been full of happy moments with the family. Even our little one is starting to get in on all the fun! ;0)
 


That’s why for today’s creativity, I wanted us all to work on something together. We each chose one color Sharpie, and took turns doodling on the same paper for a collaborative art piece. We had so much fun working on it and seeing it evolve as we passed it around!



Having someone to be creative with (even if its just hubby and the kids!) is always a creative adventure.





Busy Mom VS Daily Grind – Day 27

New here and wondering what’s going on? Busy Mom VS Daily Grind is all about making the dedication to do something every day that will help you live a happier, more fulfilling life. I have committed to document my journey of developing the habits of living moment by moment, being grateful, and bringing self expression + creativity into every day. Read more about the challenge HERE.


I didn’t give myself any specific challenge today because we had plans to go to an arts and crafts fair. I usually get really inspired by visiting a show and seeing everyone else’s work, but today was a little disappointing. Out of the 100 or so booths, I only saw 3-4 artists who were doing something really unique, original, and/or expressively from the heart.

I couldn’t believe how many people who were doing the same old art that you can find at any craft show. Most of them blended one into another with nothing to make them stand out. 

I respect those that can paint a photo perfect image, because I myself could not do it (although I’m sure I could if I spent years practicing). But it does nothing for me. I would rather see your heart in the painting, some expression, some style. 

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” ~Pablo Picasso


A painting that is a true reflection of the artist is much more interesting to look at in my opinion. It evokes emotion, speaks to you, makes you think.

So, if you’re a budding artist… Please… focus on painting from the heart and finding your style; instead of fixating on perfectionism. 

(Mushroom sketch inspired by clay garden mushrooms by Ripple Pottery.)