Motherhood has brought out the best in me as a creative because even though I have less time and energy, I have more hunger. Hunger to see the world through their eyes, to portray it as they see it and to make it better for them. I don’t just create for myself anymore, I create for them.
My ideas and projects used to be like a pool: many and widespread. Now they are like a well: few and focused. I make much less than I used to prior to becoming a mother, but what I make I believe in more because of my children.
I used to feel guilty as mum for wanting to pursue creative endeavors. But then I realized I am a happier better mother for having created and a better artist for having mothered.
Mothers make spaces to call home, they make moments, and they make memories. A mother can take any space and make it inviting. A mother can take a bad day or moment and create it into a happy one. They can take the ordinary and the mundane and make it magical.
It is my firm belief that whatever creative interests or niches we as women have were God given and designed to help as mothers create not only what we love to make but beautiful childhoods for our children to look back on.
Dear mother, you have permission to create. Our children don’t need perfect mothers, they just need their mother. Creating is part of who you are and who your children need you too be.
Originally published HERE.
Hannah Lacy is wife, mother, and storyteller based in TX. She has a passion for honest motherhood and simple living. She spends her days surrounded by messes and her boys. You can read more of her writing at Hannah’s blog, The Blessed Little Life.