by Joy Loverde
As I write this blog, my Mom is savoring every life experience possible. She is in excellent health, works out with me at the gym six days a week, cooks up a storm for the entire family, has complete command of her mental faculties, is surrounded by five loving children, maintains a positive attitude... and life at 84 years old just doesn't get any better. I bring this up to make the point that even in her old age, Mom is parenting me. She is teaching me how to age in spite of life's ups and downs. I cannot imagine being in her shoes. What will my life be when (if) I'm 84? What will I be doing when I no longer work (and bring in money with the kind of job I have now)? What will it feel like when I walk so slowly people will instinctively take hold of my arm? What will it be like to be dependent on anybody else? As I witness Mom's aging process I know for a fact that I have a lot to learn.
I got in a rut - personally and professionally. I wasn't learning anything new. I was playing it safe. I was boring myself to tears. All because I was ignoring a very important part of me... and that is my creative self. Since the day I was born, I have always been making something with my hands. I was the child who drew on the walls. I was the child who insisted on a new box of crayons every birthday and Christmas. These days, I can't function on any level without also being in the middle of a home redo or craft project to keep me sane. No matter how much traveling and writing I am doing for work, I NEED to be engrosses in some kind of creative/craft project. The rut I was in was due to the fact that I had stopped being creative. Then the idea struck. Since I already use Google alerts for work with key words like elder care and caregiving, I now use Google alerts to inspire me for creative projects. My new keyword is: DIY (Do it yourself). Now I'm back on track with plenty of new things to make by hand. DIY alerts come four times and more a day. Here's a new favorite... http://papernstitchblog.com. The Papernstitch Blog is focused on crafty business advice, DIY projects, fashion, home decor, and also features artists, makers, crafters, and indie labels. A little bit of everything. The blog is updated with new posts 3-5 times a day, Monday-Friday. I'll let you know when I find more blogs and websites that keep the creative juices flowing.