Discovering Your Creative Outlet!

Life can sometimes be so overwhelming and jammed packed with errands, responsibilities, meetings, events, family, friends, kids, and we can’t forget the never-ending household duties. Finding time for yourself is nearly next to impossible with all the hustle and bustle of every day life. This year my life went from busy to mega-busy in warp time.

Gardening used to be my creative outlet, a place where I could go and be alone, get my hands dirty, (which I love to do!) a quiet place where I could think and that’s usually where my creative juices would start flowing. I always carried a pen and a notebook to write down my thoughts. Most times I got more writing done out there than actually gardening. But now that I have two small children, there’s really no such thing as quiet time anymore and hardly anytime for myself. It’s hard to be creative when you’re on a time crunch and the next thing on your schedule has got you headed for the door every 5 minutes.

I’ve always been a sucker for things old, antique, and vintage. I’ve snatched up anything and everything from my great-grandmothers chairs, my grandmothers cedar hope chest, slate roofing tiles, old dressers, tables, even china. I’ve discovered this year that my new creative outlet is taking beat up old things, fixing them up with a fresh coat of paint or a new idea and “Viola” I got some thing brand new and super cheap to redecorate my home. It’s great now because I even have family friends call me when they find something at a yard sale, flea market, or donation shop! (This mantle given to be my friends-it was flourescent lime green and the mirror was my great-grandmother’s frame from the late 1800’s. I just turned it into a mirror.)

I’ve probably got something in every room of my house that has been redone, refurbished, and refurnished from someone else’s old junk. Lately, the more old and banged up I find it, the more I seem to fall in love with it. So, instead of gardening I’ve found that sanding, repainting, hammering and nailing, or glueing seems to be my newest creative outlet!

What makes it even better is that I don’t have to be in complete silence while I am doing it. Just the strokes of the paint brush seem to send me into creative overload. And I can take the kids outside with me!  My daughter will ride her tricycle in the driveway till she’s dizzy, my son will bounce in his chair till he almost throws up, and I get to de-stress a bit while getting some “me” time. If I’m ever feeling overwhelmed or just completely brain-dead and need a release, I just grab one of my projects and start pounding and spraying away. (This was jet black before I got my hands on it, now it’s a little distressed and perfect for all my pictures.)

We all need some creative release and it can be everything from sewing and sky diving to cooking and crafting. To stay healthy in every aspect of your life, you need time to do some soul-searching, to de-stress yourself, to let go of whatever is holding you back, and find what brings you happiness and satisfaction. Comment or message me and tell us your creative outlet, share your fun ideas, and tell us if you tried something different. This is my next project!

Here’s to finding a release and nurturing your soul!

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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

6 thoughts on “Discovering Your Creative Outlet!

  1. It’s wonderful that you are finding nourishment in something that creatively satisfies, while also enhancing your home and not competing for family time…not that you’re not entitled to some “me” time, but it’s hard as mother to young children to find that time! And now it’s even better…you get bonus points for what they call “repurposing” older items, an appropriately ecological response! 🙂 The buffet waiting for your handiwork is a gem! Post a photo of that later when you get finish it! Debra

    • Hi Debra!

      Hope you’re enjoying vacation! Thanks again for all your support! You’re so sweet! I’m super excited for the buffet too! May take me a little while to get that one done. I also have a 1930’s old stove waiting too. It still has the porcelin knobs but a lot of rust so those are my two new ones to tackle so I know i’ll be busy with them when the schedule clears which may be a couple months! 🙂 Thank you again for stopping by and for your sweet comments!

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