When we bought our little house we intended to put down some roots and live the small town life. There is so much beauty in knowing your neighbors, supporting your local businesses, and carving your initials in the proverbial tree.
As Kirk and I have buckled down in our personal projects, his the music and mine Cohesive Home and writing, we've seen massive growth and positivity stemming from our creative pursuits. But it hasn't always been easy, and I'm not sure it ever will be.
The beginning of this year, even the first 7 months, were SO HARD. We had a baby, had so many unexpected expenses, new bills, and just LIFE.
It almost swallowed me whole. I lost myself in a swirling sea of doubt and negativity.
But I've cleared my head by opening the windows and letting fresh air be a balm to my wounds.
Creativity is swimming out of our pores, it's tugging at our sleep, and peeling our eyes wide open in the morning. It's notebooks full of wild notes and ideas, it's phone calls and text messages with brilliant brainstorms, and it's love finding roots in a den of creativity after ten years of marriage.
Our small home isn't making us creative, we are making a creative home together, and this mindset and lifestyle will follow us even when we leave this home someday.
And who knows? Someday may just be right around the corner....
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Indie Mama Health-- "Tiny Home Living .:. Being Creative and Organized in Small Spaces" : One of the aspects of tiny home living that I really enjoy is the requirement to be super creative with storage and organization. It's a game and I LOVE it. I love to be organized and I love for each item to have it's own home.
Little Bungalow-- "Colourful Minimalism" : Sharing my totally made up design style and some images that are inspiring me creatively in my new small home.
A Life Shift-- "Do You Need to Be Creative to Live Small?" : Thoughts on whether creativity is the key for this family of three's harmonious life in a tiny Hong Kong apartment, or if there are other "secret ingredients" that make it a successful lifestyle we love.
Fourth and West-- "Hobbies, A Baby and A Tiny House" : Finding space for creativity in a growing family.
Family Pedals-- "Creativity in the Cold" : So it is the coldest months when the kids have the most pent-up energy and the fewest outdoor options that we have the least square footage. Having limits--limited space, limited toys, limited options--gives our kids the freedom they need to create.
The Streamlined Life-- "When Creativity Spills Over into Something More" : Living small doesn't make us creative, but living with purpose does.
Tiny Ass Camper-- "Crafts and Creativity in a Tiny Space" : Finding the balance in making a mess and raising a creative free spirit.
Justice Pirate-- "Creativity Bursts in Small Home Living" : When sometimes you have dreams of fabric, colors, and getting snuggly in a quilt you made yourself.