a quote and a question

22.5 Degrees


“Your creative time and space are necessary for you to grow into the best ‘you’ possible for everyone involved in your life. A small amount of time each day will not kill those who depend on you, and your example frees them to consider and participate in their own process.”

Jill Badonsky in “The Nine Modern Muses”


What space do you make for yourself; how do you do it?


8 thoughts on “a quote and a question

  1. Tamara says:

    Well thank you…today I find this quote uplifting. I completely agree, and love the idea of the dependents in life becoming free to consider their own processes.
    Lately, making creative space for myself has meant keeping a few evenings a week ‘unscheduled’, and practicing not feeling guilty about that (and it does take practice). I care for myself on these evenings…knitting, cleaning, reading, contemplating…and these evenings have subsequently made other areas of my life feel more creative. I enter them as a better ‘me’.
    (p.s. That yarn is GORGEOUS).

  2. TaraChristiane says:

    I have to say that the colors in that yarn are amazing.
    Recently I’ve become aware of how much time I waste with empty activities. I’m trying to avoid that trap and fill those spaces with quiet fulfilling activities instead.
    Great quote.

  3. Rora114 says:

    Oooo, the Ella Rae works up so gorgeously! I can’t always see how a skein will work up, and I’m so very impressed with it!

    As to your question, I think I need to learn to make more time for the mundane things, like dishes. It’s so easy to not go into the kitchen, yet spend a whole evening in the living room knitting, being creative. 😉

  4. Kris Erskine Campbell says:

    My husband and I have decided to have three half hour dates a week to work on our writings.

    I am also taking time to go to the gym and pool, and I’ve started knitting and sitting up and reading or watching.

    Taking an hour for myself at least every two days makes me a much more relaxed mama and that ripples outward through the family.

  5. hopewellmomschoolagain says:

    It’s much easier now that my kids are teenagers–I simply go to bed a lot earlier than they do! I go in my room, pet the cats, read, pray, think, relax and sleep. I’m not barricaded in—-the kids are very welcome to come hang out with me! It’s nice!

  6. Kika says:

    I’m booking an hour/wk for myself out of the house. At the moment this time is used for chiropracter and massage…can include coffee with a friend, etc. Something just for me. I am also trying to read at least an hour/day. Of course I love to read but I’ve been making this a priority – heading to my room a little earlier in the evening where there are fewer distractions. This time isn’t ‘creative’ exactly but I am really feeling a need for it.

  7. kellyi says:

    We have an hours calm time after lunch each day – this can be filled with quietly creating, reading or (in the case of the smaller members of our family) napping.

    The only rule: no screens. For any one.

    It seems to work pretty well for us all and gets the creative juices of every one flowing.

  8. Wanda says:

    This struck such a chord with me! Even sought out the book because I need to be reminded of this.

    Making meaningful time for myself is something that is a constant struggle…the day just flies! My latest solution has been to carve out a very small space (6’x 5′) where I can keep my project stuff out 24hrs/day and create when I get a few minutes. Still trying to figure out how to get that time in regularly.

    Great quote…thanks!

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