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You were born to create!

I have to admit that I tend to be a do it yourself junkie. I love making not only food from scratch but pretty much anything within reason.

I'm not sure what it is. I know when it come to food it's because I want to know what it is that I'm eating and the best way to know is to put all the ingredients in yourself. So it's the health nut in me that makes her own Ranch Dressing Mix, Taco Seasoning etc. etc. etc.

Plus food made from scratch just tastes better......I think it's the extra love that's mixed in! ;)

But I also love making my own lip balms, skin cream, herbal remedies and pretty much anything else I think I could make for A LOT less money then I could buy it. And again if I'm going to eat it or put it on my skin I would really like to know what is in it.

But guess what I started putting other things that I thought where more important ahead of what I enjoy and although it's good to have a balance and do what's needed.....I got myself to a point of burnout and honestly, although I haven't talked about it much (I will more in the future) the past few years NOTHING has seemed fun or exciting.

I have kind of felt like I was just existing......almost to the point of numb. I think just all the stresses of life just caught up with me. And the worst part was I didn't take the time to notice soon enough to refill my bucket.

It's been a long road but I'm starting to get a handle on why the constant overwhelm and I have realized that a huge part of it has been that I haven't been taking enough time focusing on things that I love.....things that bring me excitement.

The past few years I haven't read near as many books as I used too. I have very rarely got out my crochet hooks. I love creating things with yarn. I have also found myself putting off making things like lip balm until the last possible moment but then when I would take the time to make them I found such a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that I wondered why I hadn't just done it sooner.

My point is I think being children of God makes us by our very nature beings that love to create. The times when life seems most overwhelming for me are the times when I think that I'm too busy to spend a little time creating something.

For the past few months I have been trying to be more intentional about having times of creativity throughout my week. (Along with extra time for prayer and meditation.) I really feel like it's helping to take away the overwhelm and consequential numbness that has followed.

I spent too long in survival mode but now I am climbing back out and I hope to share more of my experience as time goes on. In the mean time.....I have already grabbed  The Ultimate DIY Bundle for myself because I know creating something is part of what fuels me.

It's part of what fuels you too! Why don't you give it a try? You were born to create!


Josie and Wayne said...

Hi Tammie. I have been following your blog on and off for a couple of years. I really like some of your recipes, but have never commented before. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for your honesty in this post about being overwhelmed and feeling numb. I have been trying to feed my family healthy foods for a long time but have never quite reached the lifestyle you talk about on your blog. After reading so many health food blogs I tend to get a bit discouraged and think that if only I could fix my family's diet, all our troubles would go away, but I know that isn't really true. Nobody's life is bliss. And it would get awfully boring if it was. I guess what I'm saying is, while I'm not happy to hear you have been struggling, I am glad to know you are human too.

Tammie said...

I have been wanting to share some of my struggles for some time now....I hope to get it together and share much more but I am having to really pace myself because I am still at the point of easily falling back into my slump.

Thank you for taking time to comment sounds like we have been having similar epiphanies. ;)