Thursday, July 30, 2009

Green Eyed Monster

I got bit by the green eyed monster this week. Just a little. But enough to make me feel a little yucky.
See, when we moved into our house over 5 years ago we only had 2 kids. I had the whole dining room as a studio. As our family grew the studio moved into one of the spare bedrooms. And then as it grew even larger, it dispersed itself mostly into the garage and closets.
I've been seeing such beautiful, inspirational, and organized studios on the blog and that's where my envy crept in. My inner two year threw a temper tantrum. "I want my own studio too. Wahhhhh!"


"As another cure for envy, look at yourself through God's eyes-uniquely and wonderfully made. You are a child of god, saved by grace and placed in the exact spot and circumstances that he planned for you."
-Psalm 139:13-16

I thought about it today and realized that if I had room for a studio in my house right now, then I wouldn't have all my beautiful children. I also realized how lucky I am to have a house at all. Sometimes it's very easy to take a lot of things for granted. I am so blessed to have the life I have and when the time is right, one day I will have a studio again.

Also, my little time with envy motivated me to clean, organize, and prettify the areas I do use to work in.
Here a little before and after of our office area:

I do all my emailing, blogging, paying bills, and writing of my books in this room. My husband does a lot of work in here too. It's designed to be the dining room (hence the light fixture) but we switched the rooms around. Anyway, I spent $1.99 on a roll of red wrapping paper and lined the backs of the desk. I spent about 2 hours cleaning, dusting, organizing paperwork, and throwing almost a whole garbage bag away of old papers.It felt really good.

I chased that ugly green-eyed monster away!:)


Kitt said...

Wow, I love the way you turned around the pain and turned it into something positive. If you only knew the bad mood I am in right now. God's grace does provide--I found your blog post today just when I need it.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Looks great! I know I get the green eyed monster looking at all the talented ladies out there and their amazing studios. Talk about creativity:)

Jill said...

I LOOVE your work space!!! and you certainly have been Blessed with the gift of matter where you work!
Many Blessings friend!

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

thanks for sharing that scripture! omg, did i ever need that tonight! i was in my "mommy martyr" frame of mind today. you know the one, noone cooks for ME, noone takes care of ME, blah, blah, blah, lol.

lori vliegen said...

you did a great job chasing that green-eyed monster away! armed with God's true word, how could you go wrong!

your workspace is fantastic, chrissie....that unit looks like it has oodles of storage space! my first studio was literally in three plastic bins, then i moved into a 4'x3' spare closet in my husband's study. now that our kids are out on their own (and we've moved many times!), i have this large space....but i'll admit that it's taken me about 20 years to get it! :)

Polka Dot Moon said...

So well said! I work out of a pantry, 2 closets and a crammed desk. While I do admire and sometimes envy those fabulous studios, I'm just fine with what I'm fortunate enough to have!!

the undomesticated wife said...

You know, I seem to get more done in small, chaotic spaces than I do in large, organized ones. ;)

I like your space, I think it's perfect!

the undomesticated wife said...

And I love the scripture!

Michele said...

I love that you are so gentle with yourself... it says a lot about what kind of mother you are. You are one of the most creative people I know in blogland so I'd have to say the lack of a studio is NOT affecting your work at all. However, I know we all want our own space... hang it there... it will come.

Julie Abbott Art said...

LOVE this scripture-
going to print it off and put it up for our whole family to read! great for the kids too-
thank you for sharing...

Marie said...

Hello Chrissie Grace - the green eyed monster visits you too? I had to throw him out recently when I was fretting over my school room. I had a similar experience to your office make-over and realized that it's okay to have my school room in the kitchen! I too am so thankful for my children. They are the lights in my life. Thank you for being so honest.