Hi! I'm Renee!
I'm a proud Coast Guard wife (who moves every 3 to 4 years), a mom to two kiddos (a big sis and lil' bro) and I grew up never, ever thinking I was creative, that is, until I became a mom.
For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for ways to calm my inner stress. Especially when I was first out of college and starting my career as an Elementary School teacher.
I had spent years (10 to be exact!) trying to consistently mediate and do yoga, eating wholesome organic, local foods, taking slow walks in nature, doing lots of cardio, lifting weights and swirling Chinese Medicine Balls in my hands as I walked around my house all while continuing to struggle to FEEL calm.
Little did I know, that once I became pregnant with daughter, I'd have a huge inner calling to do something creative and that THIS creativity would be my answer to finally FEELING the calm I've yearned to feel from within, even though, "I AM NOT CREATIVE!" Nope...nowhere near it!
Even though I felt that way, I took the plunge anyway, and gosh, I'm sure glad I did.
Because reviving my inner creative doodler/toddler/kid/teenage doodler through simple, mindful-creative activities with crayons, markers, colored pencils, paints (even my camera!) brought me more calm (and JOY!) than anything else I've tried in the past! And, not only did it calm me, but it ignited my joy, and most important of all, it slowed me down so I can be more present to my kids, my husband and my life!
The more calm, joyful and present I felt through mindful-creativity, the more my passion for sharing this creativity 'calms' message grew. Which is why I share what I share here with you.
Now, don't get me wrong...I'm not a calm mama all day, every day. My life IS stressful every single day, and I still have moments that make me want to run away and cry, but the more I mindfully-create, the less intense my busy mama life feels.
And to me, that's truly what matters most...handling all that life throws at me with a little more calm, joy and presence. Right? Right!
I'm so glad you're here and if you'd like to read my longer story about how I found inner calm through mindful-creative fun, you can find my personal story here.