My name is Erika. I'm in love with making art, collecting old things & chasing after my two kiddos. This blog is a peek into my happy accidents & plots of total world domination.


Just showing up.

Lately I have been doing a lot of hitting the gym, since I'm almost 7 months post partum.  I just want to be free of the baby weight, want to feel good and get my energy back.  Like a lot of women, my pregnancy was tough and I completely hibernated the whole time I was pregnant.  I didn't want to go anywhere.. do anything.. except maybe clean my house and I did some major house purging.  I was totally one of those pregnant ladies that completely lost most of her mind... and the only way you could get me out of the house was maybe.. for a vanilla milkshake.  I also think that's true with life- if people are going through a struggle (even a good struggle) its great to feel like you are starting to make it to the other side of your journey.. and that's where I am.

My husband and I are extremely motivated people, we work a lot of hours and make a lot of things because we love what we do and are extremely passionate about the projects that we work on.  I realized that when I was pregnant I needed to figure out some kind of balance with work and life and taking care of me. Making art was difficult while I was pregnant and making art now is difficult while being a mommy but  if I can do a little bit everyday.. and am learning that half the battle is just showing up.   I am still very much in love with making art- but realized that I need to just make art, that I just need to show up in my studio even if it's for 30 minutes.  Seems simple, but sometimes the simplest things are the most challenging

What I love about being post partum is feeling like I am getting back to my old self mixed with my new self and the new chapter that I am working on, but lately.. I feel like I am exactly where I need to be.


Unknown said...

Wish you the best and hope you find yourself very soon... Keep on the good work!

Amy @ Fig Milkshakes said...

I think you're right! I find that if I commit to just thirty minutes, I almost always learn or think of something new that will be another little piece to the big puzzle of experience - something that I will know and use another time, and it will save me the trouble in the long run. If that makes sense... Go on, girl!

Outcast said...

A little bit over a long period of time will be much, much better than a lot over a short period of time Erika so keep at it, I'm sure you're going to lose the weight just fine though in all honesty, best of luck!

Jessica said...

It is great that you have been putting in plenty of time at the gym. I really need to get myself more motivated to work out. It has never been something I enjoyed.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

vindiebaby said...

I'm also very passionate about what I do, it's such a great feeling :) you have a very interesting blog
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Kira said...

It took me quite a while to fully feel like "me" again. And even though it's different being a mom, you will eventually get back there. I finally did.

The Dainty Dolls House said...

You'll get there doll, it does take time & though you return to the old you, it's a whole new you at the same time & I felt like it was an even better me when I felt like me again :)) Have a wonderful weekend xx

Hanna said...

Ahhhh yes. I can't wait to get back to myself again!!! This 3rd pregnancy has been the absolute worst in the way your describing above. Yes, I was like that with all my pregnancies but this one has been far more difficuilt. So I eager to have the baby and get back on track a little bit!!!
Great post.

Cindy said...

you're doing great ... you recognize the changes you've experienced over these last several months and are slowly adapting. so many folks just procrastinate into victim because it's not easy. you'll get there wherever there is.

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