good life with kristen creech
Part of cultivating a good life is setting aside time to be creative.
Makers gonna make. I’m pretty sure I was born with that tattooed on my forehead. From the time I was little, I’ve felt this desire to make. I’ve felt the satisfaction that comes from the process of creating something of beauty or creating a use that didn’t exist before. And as a child and into my teenage years, there was always time available to devote to that process.
But once I became a mother, I experienced a new sensation — that ugly five letter word: G U I L T. It became the nagging voice in my head anytime I thought of spending time pursuing my interests. There always seemed to be something more urgent to do than be creative. How can I sit down to scrapbook when I desperately need to do the laundry that is threatening to overtake my house? How can I justify going outside to take pictures when the house is a breath away from being condemned? How can I paint, draw, write, practice piano when I haven’t started dinner? The list of must dos and should dos was never-ending. And so, as often happens with guilt, I started to associate this creative drive and need in my heart with selfishness. Something that must be reigned in and stored on a shelf for a different season of my life. It was no longer about me anymore. I was a wife and a mother and a homemaker, and there were more important things to do. I loved my life, but I started to feel a little lost. The spark was gone.
I still remember the day I heard this quote from Dieter F. Uchtdorf. It was life-changing and path-altering.
“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.” (from Happiness, Your Heritage)
Tears streamed down my face as I suddenly understood, in a way I never had, that this desire I had was innate. As a daughter of the Great Creator, it was the most natural thing in the world that I would want to create things of beauty. He did. For the first time in my life, I recognized that creativity was a part of who I am, who we all are, and that it should be nurtured and cared for. Instead of waiting for free moments that might never happen, I started to plan and schedule time to be creative into each day. The laundry could wait and so could the million other things that had no eternal significance. An amazing transformation took place in my life. I developed and honed talents I had no idea I possessed. I was happier and more fulfilled. My life was finally in balance. And with this balance and harmony, I in turn, became a better wife and mother, daughter and sister, friend and employee. The spark was back and I felt whole.
We are all struggling to find balance in our lives. It’s very easy to put our needs aside as we care for those around us. But I’ve learned you can’t draw water from an empty well. It’s important to carve a little time out of each day or week to feed our creativity, to feed our souls. And it doesn’t have to be painting a masterpiece. It could be as simple as planting in the garden, building legos with your children, crocheting, learning Photoshop, writing in your journal, organizing a closet, trying a new recipe — whatever gives you peaceful satisfaction. Make the time. Replenish that well. Your life will be better for it. I know mine is.
Note from Becky
Full disclosure: Reading Kristen’s words caused me to have goose bumps. The good kind. I want to stand up out of my chair and shout Amen! — and give Kristen a big hug for sharing these thoughts. I remember hearing that quote too, and it really resonated with me. We are innately creative, friends. It’s true.
Kristen is a part of our extended family around here. She is part of our team support as our Font Designer. If you ever wanted to turn your own handwriting (or that of your child or other loved one) into a font… we can help you with that. The service is available in our digital shop and Kristen is the genius behind the product. She’s the one actually making that magic happen and ensuring that our font customers are happier than ever.