Through every great struggle is a need for innovation. Joy Mangano
Joy Mangano was once a busy single mom of 3 working hard to keep a roof over her kids heads. Now she is a leading business woman with a net worth of over $50 million.
Coined the "Mother of Invention," this once tired and busy mom decided to carve out time to discover and develop her creative gift of innovation. Her launching product, the Miracle Mop was just the first of over 100 patents she would later develp and sell at a groundbreaking rate.
For anyone who has seen the recent blockbuster film based on her life, you know her success required overcoming obstacles and taking big risks...big risks that she believed in!
I don't know which part of Joy's story inspires me more, her perseverance to keep pushing forward when even those closest to her were skeptics or her audacity to dream (an do) BIG when it would have been so easy to maintain the status quo. At 34, she broke the mold by doing what so many adults are too afraid to do. She reinvented herself!
She returned to the passion of her youth (making things) and combined her experience as an adult to creatively overcome daily struggles other adult women face, but with a youthful fearlessness. She dared to try something new, even when her circumstances were overwhelming. She made time to create!
"Through every great stuggle is a need for innovation," Joy shared candidly in a recent interview (as shown HERE. Her great struggle was mopping and she developed an innovative solution and helped many other women in the process. Her story has inspired me to continue to develop an innovative solution to my greatest struggle and hopefully, help other busy moms with similiar struggles in the process.
Full disclosure, my great struggle is battling burn out. As a mom of a toddler, wife of a busy medical resident, employee in a fast-paced job, and overall millennial do-all-be-all mindset (which I battle daily), I MUST be intentional about how I spend time or else the world in all its enticing messages can consume the precious energy I MUST conserve.
Creative Habitat is my innovative solution to conserve energy and refuel amidst the busyness of daily living. I have found carving out creative time to write, dance or develop other creative gifts not only refuels my spirit, but allows me to better serve my son, husband, and friends. I guess you could say Creative Habitat is my "Miracle Mop" for cleaning up the hectic mess that can ensue in this 21st century life.
If you are a creative mom who has been putting off developing your creative gifts, l hope Joy's story inspires you to carve out some creative time in the near future. I can personally attest to the benefits of doing so. Who knows, perhaps you have the next "Miracle Mop" hidden within.
Little did I know the day I first became aware this life of mine was growing with a little life to share.
That time would shape us both with each new passing day and teach us how to view life in a new and special way.
Little did I know my heart could love so much as I held you in my arms and knew you at first touch. Sweetly breaking me of previously held fears, smiling down on you while holding back joy-filled tears.
Little did I know our days and nights would merge turning sleeping into waking with both starting to converge. Not knowing how I'd make it from day to night to day, yet, somehow through the exhaustion we always found our way.
Little did I know how that gummy grin could tease and how those pretzeled little legs could bring me to me knees. Praising God above for my precious gift while strapping on my baby carrier and giving you a lift.
Little did I know how many supplies you would require to keep you fed and dry which became my main desire. Through it all I learned a helpful hint or two about how to improvise and still take care of you.
Little did I know how my plans would change on a dime when you needed a diaper change or decided it was nap time. With your help I've learned how to relax and chill...and always be prepared for the next spill!
So on this Mother's Day, I just want to share all the many ways you've taught me how to care. Nose to nose and cheek to cheek, I cherish you from week to week. And this I know is true as I watch you grow...before I met you, little did I know.
Why is it children intuitively understand how to enjoy the moment while adults spend a good portion of their lives chasing moments only to find they were too busy to enjoy. My theory...children know how to pause and release.
Take an empty toilet paper roll for example. If this seemingly trivial item strikes a toddler's fancy, they won't think twice about pausing to investigate. They will freely release their inhibitions to explore the many possibilities for this new found treasure.
On the contrary, most of their adult counterparts won't think twice before tossing this "treasure" in the trash. There are, afterall, people to see and places to be. What adult has time to pause and release for trivial play these days while living in such a ubiquitous digital age where we are so connected? Or are we so disconnected? Either way, many adults have forgotten the art of "pause and release" because they are too busy with the "go and hold."
We go, go, go and hold tightly to our plans wanting to make the most of each day, yet can miss the best of each day if if we don't embrace the "pause and release" like our children.
I took this photo of my husband and son this weekend while functioning in go, go, go mode. We drove to La Jolla Cove for a walk and I wanted to get home in time to give my son a bath so I rushed.
Who rushes in La Jolla Cove? It's only one of the most beautiful and scenic walks in our country! It should be savored! Well, I hate to admit, I was guilty of not savoring until my son reminded me to pause and release.
While trying to get him to cooperate and get in the stroller so we could go home, he kept arching his back in pure defiance. My husband decided to play a game of toss to distract him. As I watched them play, I couldn't help but pause to enjoy and release my plans in exchange for this photo which I will cherish for years to come!
As you move forward in your day, I hope you will embrace a moment to pause and release. I plan to adopt "pause and release" as a new creative habit starting with writing this post which required a "pause" from my normal morning routine and a "release" from my original plan to curl my hair. Someone is definitley wearing a bun to work today...but it was so worth carving out this time to reflect and, I hope, encourage you!