Friday, August 26, 2011

My Continued Journey

So I will now continue......We found out that my husband was going to be transferred to Colfax, WA, I said, "Col-what?  Where the heck is that?"  I find out it's over in Eastern WA; I had never even been to Eastern WA before.  And now we find out we will need to be there in just 3 short weeks.  WHAT?!?  I called my parents, packed up the kids to stay with my parents and Kevin & I headed over to the town of Colfax to find a place to live.  We arrived in Colfax and drove all through didn't take very long as there are only 3 stop lights and the town is about a mile long.  The population in Colfax is about 2800; I was thinking, "Hmmm, this could take some adjusting to."  Now I'm originally from Phoenix, AZ -population=millions, after high school we moved to Olympia, WA -population around 100,000 and now Colfax is less than 3% of that!  On with my story, we ended up finding a house for rent the only house to rent in Colfax at the time and oh so thankful it was big enough for our family.  Now back to Olympia to pack up and get moved.  We happened to be moving during spring break, so it worked out great that we could get a little settled in before the kids went to school.

OK, OK, I totally fell in love with this cute little town.  It almost felt like we went back a couple of decades.  Everyone was friendly and helpful and so excited for a new family to be moving to town.  Everywhere I went I felt so welcomed.  Colfax is small, but we do have the essentials here; grocery store, hardware store, a few gas stations, a few restaurants, a couple of fast food places, the grange (I call it the everything store), some gift shops, an elementary school, a high school, tons of parks and lots of churches.  I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to live without my Costco, but it's only an hour away, it'll have to do.

                                                        This is Main Street in Colfax

We found an amazing church Catalyst Church (formerly Colfax Assembly of God).  They have an awesome youth group (which was important to me for my kids), a supportive mom's group and an amazing pastor.  I have to tell you that this whole move was definitely in God's hands.  The transition could not have gone any smoother.  I mean really, we had only 3 weeks to move our family of 6 across the state and virtually no problems at all!  Only God can do something like that.  I should have been trusting God more because after all He is the one in control.  He lead us to the right town, the right house and the right church; what more could I ask for?  Ok, I did ask for one more thing.  I asked God to show me what I was suppose to be doing in my life because I knew there was more.  I had been praying for a long long time for God to show me that one thing that I had been missing in my life, because I was still feeling I needed something.

After unpacking, getting the kids in school and getting settled, I started making crafts again, (it had been so long since I used my creativeness) and I loved making things.  I was having fun making my little decorative blocks and wood signs and I even started selling them at one of the local gift shops called Cottage Gate.  I thought to myself, "maybe this is what I'm suppose to do, make crafts and sell them."  I was kinda on the right track but not quite;  I loved making things, but my heart wasn't totally in this.  I was cruisin' the internet one day and came across a website, The Worship Studio, and found a book called Unlocking the Heart of the Artist by Matt Tommey.  I didn't think I was really an artist, but it said something about crafts so I thought it sounded like it might help me.  This book really made an impact on me.  It talked about being an artist in the Kingdom; I was thinking, "do art for God?"  Yes!  God's work here on earth.  Use the gifts and talents He gave me to bless other people.  What a concept!  I knew that this was what I was missing from my life!  I needed to use the creativeness that I've always had to help others.  I get it now, but what do I want to make?  Back to the internet again.

I started to research.  I came across the blog of Kelly Rae Roberts and this is where I discovered mixed media art.  I fell in love with this type of art.  I googled "mixed media art" and found a whole new world!  I started following the blogs of Kelly Rae Roberts, Melody Ross, Christine Mason Miller, Paulette Insall and many others.  I then ventured out and played around with some mixed media techniques;  let me tell you, it was invigorating!  It was an absolutely perfect fit for me.  Let me explain a little, mixed media art can be a bit messy, chaotic, busy and fun; I am a bit messy, chaotic, busy and fun - a match made in heaven (lol).  I have finally found my passion.  You know you've found what you were meant to do when you:  A. can't wait to get out of bed to do it, B. you feel so at peace when you're doing it, C. you get really giddy and excited when you've finished a piece, and D. you are so proud of yourself that you can't stop looking at what you've made!  I finally feel like I have found my long lost missing piece.
                                          If you already have a passion, did you always know it was your passion?
                                          Do you ever feel like you're missing something?
                                          What does your journey look like?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Finding My Way

So, how did I get where I am today?  I've asked myself that many times and then look back at this journey called life.  As I was growing up I was always trying new things, I wanted to experience everything; dance, baton twirling, arts & crafts, sports, band, scouts and I'm sure there are plenty more.  After high school, I went to college for a while, then fell in love, got married, had kids and so on.  I felt pretty blessed being able to stay home with my kids, but I felt I needed more.  I never could figure out what was missing, but I just felt that there was more to life.  Don't get me wrong I absolutely loved being a stay home mom.  So the journey of trial & error (failing) began.  I started off with scrapbooking and had a ton of fun with that, so much fun that I needed to sell it!  It was my first time at selling something through having "home parties."  I was meeting new people, scrapbooking and making money, plus I could still be a stay home mom;  what could be more fun?  Oh wait......I forgot to mention, yes, I was making money, but it doesn't quite work out when you are spending way more than you're making.  So I quit selling.  Hmmmm, what to do now?  Well, why not try selling something else, I'll sell makeup!  I love makeup and I could make enough to get my own makeup "free" and even get a pink car someday, hahaha....NOT!  I spent too much money trying to make more money, YIKES!  Had to quit that.  So, on to the next direct selling company, and the next, and the next....on and on.  I think I finally realized that I didn't make a good sales person; I was too nice and not pushy enough I guess.

After realizing direct sales wasn't my thing, I tried other part-time jobs.  I knew I loved being at home with my kids, but I also knew I needed to get out of the house once in a while.  So, I tried a few different things; one of them was personal training.  I went through the certification process and got a job at a local gym.  I loved it; I was helping clients learn how to be healthy and exercise.  I knew this was it. I got to pick my hours, work around my kids schedule and I made great money.  Everything was awesome, except this wasn't God's plan for me because he kinda slammed that door for me.  We had gotten a new owner and he pretty much fired everybody to start with a clean slate.  I believe that getting fired is a big fat NO in God's plan.  Subsequently, on to working very part-time at our taekwondo studio (we all took taekwondo together as a family); I worked in the office and thoroughly enoyed it.  I was meeting new people and learning a lot about all of the families at the studio.  USMAC is the studio I worked at in Lacey, WA; and let me tell you.....I will never forget my time there because I learned so much about myself.  The family that owns this business is the most generous, caring, respectful, protective family I have ever met.  They are so involved in the community and made such a positive impact on every family involved at USMAC.  Here are some of my fun times at work:

                                            At a community school event.

                                                  Halloween safety seminar

                                   My family at our Karate Kid demo at the theater.

                           USMAC supporting the breast cancer Race for the Cure.

                                            Fun in the CPR/First Aid training.

                                            Mom's & kids at USMAC
As you can see, I was involved in many things with this job.  Everything was going great and life was very fulfilling at this point.  Even though I thought things were great, God had other plans.  Something I had thought would never really happen; my husband was being transferred to a small town, let me rephrase that, a VERY small town.........Stay tuned for the rest of my story; it gets better.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Here We Go!!!

Well, I'm here and I am finally starting my blog.  I've been contemplating this for so long, and now I'm diving in to this world of blogging.  I really want this to be fun journey about my creative life; the good stuff, bad stuff, crazy stuff and the inspirational stuff.  I love learning new things and I will share all I can with you.  So, first off, I will share with you some of my first pieces of mixed media art.  I've been trying some new techniques and these pieces and I'm pretty proud of the way they turned out.

These are my very first mixed media art pieces.....

And these are my two newest pieces.....

I'm really starting to find my niche with mixed media!  I've been having so much fun playing with so many different mediums.  I'm feeling so blessed that I'm finally living the creative life that God has planned for me.