Last Friday I met up with some fabulous creative mamas at the Jubilee Library, in Brighton.
Quite a few of these mamas, I had never met ‘in person’ before. Some of us connected thanks to the great Etsy community we have here in Brighton. Another Mum I met online through a blogging network. The one thing we have in common, is: we are creative, we are mums and we wanted to talk more about our creative businesses. Not just feeding schedules, nap time and nappies!
We are Mums but we are also makers/artists/crafters/bloggers. We juggle our creative interests and businesses, with our families and some of us even have part-time or freelance jobs to add into the mix. It’s a juggling act that leaves us tired yes, but I think we would all agree, that we are better having this juggle, than not being able to fulfill ourselves creatively. Personally I don’t think I could cope not having my creative time. It’s what keeps me going.
I LOVED this meetup. What a lovely bunch of ladies. Even with our little ones in tow, it was so refreshing to talk about the issues of juggling our time, along with practical subjects such as social media, craft selling strategy, blogging tips, industry contacts and even craft fairs to attend.
We will definitely meetup again. I’m looking into creche facilities now, in order to allow us to meetup and talk uninterrupted for an hour or so! We may even organise an evening meetup. But the main point here is to create a supportive network of creative mamas (& papas) in and around the Brighton area.
On a personal note, I’ve found it harder than I had expected, going back to having a little one running around my feet all day. I had two boys already and had my 2nd son in May 2004. Then Daisy-Mae came along in December 2012, I thought it was going to be a doddle. Well.., boy o boy was I wrong! It’s been more stressful than I’d imagined.
You see, I had got used to having my boys at school, time for myself and a full nights sleep. I’d even gone back to University and studied for an MA with the intention of picking up a career again. So having the emotional and practical ‘tie’ (for want of a better word) of having a small, needy but gorgeous daughter to take care of 24 hours a day, has been an incredible mental endurance test of patience. It’s been a frustrating ride.
Meeting up with the other creative mamas has been a godsend. It makes me realise I’m not selfish for wanting to pursue my goals. That I can still do it, albeit, more slowly, with a little one as well as the bigger kids to take care of. I still have my ambitions, even more so in fact.
If you’re a creative mama or papa in or around the Brighton area, do get in touch with me. I’d love to have more creative parents on board so we can support and nurture each others creative businesses and creative practice.
In the meantime, if you’re a crafter/maker/designer/artist/blogger I’d love to know how you manage your time with little ones around? When do you find time to be creative? How do you stay inspired and productive after a long day with the kids. What about those long summer holidays?! Do leave your comments below. I’d love to hear from you.
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