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Permission to Color

Coloring BookOne of my fondest memories of my childhood was crayons and coloring books.

The crayons were kept in a berry basket on the very top of, what seemed like, an enormously tall wardrobe. Of course I was only six so any wardrobe would have appeared tall to me. Because of their location you had to ask permission to use the crayons and an adult had to retrieve them for you.

My grandma would reach up and hand that beautiful basket of crayons to me and it would make me so happy. I would take the basket and my book and sit down on the floor to pour out my inspiration.

As an adult, I choose my coloring books with care and color whichever page I want. But as a child the book was chosen for me and I assure you, I colored every page. Coloring books usually were purchased at Christmas time and not often otherwise.

The berry basket held hundreds of crayons. Problem was that they were usually only one to three inches long and their beautifully colored paper wrappers had long since been removed. It was not uncommon to pick up a crayon and have to make a mark on the inside back cover of your book just to be sure of the color of your chosen crayon.

Still these early memories gave me a life-long love of color and paper. It allows the creative side of my brain to take over and the analytical side to take a much needed rest.

The purchase of my new coloring books has multiple meanings to me. You see, I feel guilty. I feel guilty taking the time to do something just for me. I feel guilty not working every moment of every day in my self-owned business. I feel guilty because the laundry and the dishes are not done. I feel guilty if I take time away to be still and recharge. The list goes on and on.

However, I have come to the conclusion that I cannot be the best me without a break!

So I buy these new coloring books with the promise that I will allow myself have some time to recharge. I will be using them during my devotional time in the morning because that is when I feel the most inspired and still.

I wonder if all women face this same problem?  Do we all feel guilty that we are not completely submersed in busyness all the time?

Give yourself a break. Take some time to be with God, read His Word, and pray. Take some time to read a book. Take some time to knit or sew. Take a walk or a run.  Whatever is your thing that helps you recharge.

Give yourself permission…and you will be a better you.

What do you do to recharge?

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For most of my life I have prided myself at being a great multi-tasker. I worked for someone else at a job that consumed nearly fifty hours a week. I mothered two young men. I have been a wife for thirty five years. Later I owned a retail book store that required monstrous amounts of time. Doing more than one thing at a time seemed…well, necessary.

It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I read somewhere that when you do more than one thing at a time, you really don’t do either thing very well. I wondered if they might be right. Have I been fooling myself that multi tasking was a good thing? Or does my quality suffer when I concentrate on several things at the same time?

There are projects, both business and personal, scattered throughout my house. Being a work-at-home entrepreneur has its advantages. Your home is your office and workspace. The down side of that is that your home is your office and workspace. I try to keep all the “work” stuff in a room but it somehow winds up spilling over onto the dining room table.

So I ask you…is it creative? Or is it crazy!?

Our business has gone through many changes in just eight years. Our initial products were bath and body. But we have also had success in amateur/professional photography. My husband’s creative outlet is wood working; so fine wood crafted items were added. Why shouldn’t everyone benefit from his talent? Someone suggested that with my background in the paint and decorating business that I might enjoy painting vintage furniture. I loved taking broken things and making them new. It was another creative outlet. Vintage furniture and some antiques were added to the mix.

Don’t get me wrong. I love all that we create but I don’t want anyone to feel like we are created so much that it can’t possibly be well done.

So I ask you…is it creative? Or is it crazy!?

I really had to give this some thought when I was working on our “about us” page for the web site. Who are we? I don’t want to confuse our customers. Lots of advice said that I should simplify and set up different shops for different products. But I wanted to represent who we really are. Creatives.

I found all my products had one thing in common…home. So we made a name change to “Hidden Blessings At Home.” This is who we are.

I want to be able to offer anything that I might find lovely or helpful for your home. I want to work on soap one day, and the next day, work on photography. I love the buzz of the saw coming from the garage where my husband is finishing a new table. I also love a road side junk store and the treasures that I might find there.


It has been freeing to finally make the decision to put everything in one place. All businesses go through a type of evolution. If you refuse to change, you will probably not succeed.

I will manage to juggle all that is in the air because I love what I do. But I am trying to be better at focusing on one piece at a time.

So I ask you…is it creative? Or is it crazy!?