Finding Your Happy Place?

By: Roshanda Pratt

Here is a question, Do you know what brings you joy? You know the thing that brings you the greatest peace, allows you to breathe and fills a place of purpose in your life.  Since 7 years old I have had a great interest in anything involving creativity.  As a young child my mother purchased me a sewing machine.  I remember her coming home one day with a box of scraps from her friend who worked in a fabric factory.  Needless to say my Barbie was the most well dressed doll in the neighborhood.  I loved working with crafts.  The creative process helps me to say “Ahh!!!”

Then life happened…I grew up, started a professional career and left behind my “happy” place.  I finally returned when I realized once again my busy lifestyle and hectic job was sucking the life out of me.  I needed to say “Ahh” again in a major way.  After leaving my “professional” career I started designing jewelry, however, I missed my hot glue gun, foam paint brushes and glitter.  Most recently, I got my mojo back and it has been a glorious experience.  For the past month, I have been working on giving new life to an old dresser my mother-in-law gave me.  I have really enjoyed the process of sanding, buffing, priming and painting this little beauty.  I am not finished yet, but so far it is really starting to look great.  What do you think?

This is the dresser given to me by my mother-in-law which will become a buffet.  This little beauty will be one of the features in our living room adorned with pictures of my husband and I Grandmothers.

This month as we finish the first month in the next year I want to highly encourage you to find the thing that brings you great joy?  As I affectionately like to call it, find your “happy place.”  Like many of you, I wear many hats and have made it my mission to crave out crafting time in my daily schedule.   It makes me such a happy camper, but most importantly it helps me to step back and take a moment to say, “Ahh” I know we could all use a moment to take a deep breath.  I would recommend crafting, but maybe that’s not your thing, but you’ve got to find your thing and find it quickly – it very well may save your life or at least your sanity!

Enjoying My Happy Place!

5 thoughts on “Finding Your Happy Place?

  1. Ro, you are so right about the importance of finding your happy place. I have found mine, and want to live in it 24-7! Your buffet looks great! I can’t wait to see it finished! 😉

  2. I’m sorry every time I hear “find a happy place”, all I can think of is Finding Nemo where the anxiety of Darla takes over and one of the fish in the tank keeps saying over and over “Find a happy place, find a happy place!”

    I digress, sorry – I’m still looking for my happy place, although any time I paint my walls or write, I’m happy – maybe those are my happy places. We all need some outlet for stress relief, something that is cathartic for us. This blog has certainly become that for me!

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