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!