No really, I mean it. Whatever it is that you do, enjoy it. If you’re following me on Instagram (and I really hope you are because we have a lot of fun over there) then you might have seen the story I posted about throwing together a little party for my husband’s birthday in about 20 minutes. And naturally this should be a post about throwing a party in 20 minutes. But it’s not.
Because if it was I’d probably be showing you a step by step account of how I put this together. The real story here is about truly having a great time doing what you do. If you’ve been a long time reader (thank you!) then you know I love myself a crepe paper craft. Crepe paper is my favorite medium by far. It’s forgiving, it’s colorful, it’s celebratory and it just makes me damn happy!
Crepe paper I will dance for you. Aaaannnnd I just did. Here I was making a little backdrop to add some color to the room. Ready for a tip?
PRO TIP: If you’re cutting multiple colors or many pieces put the rolls of crepe paper in something where they are contained and can roll but won’t fall on their sides. This makes unrolling and measuring out multiple pieces SUPER fast and easy. I use a magazine file and it works perfectly for two to three colors at a time.
Boom! I should have felt stressed that I was throwing this all together at the last minute but really I was just happy and in my element. Isn’t that what it’s all about? If you’ve decided to be home with your kids it’s probably because you can’t imagine doing anything else and loving it like you love that job even if it’s hard as heck some days.
And if you’ve done something completely different than what you went to school for it’s probably because you realized you had dreams to chase. Dreams that didn’t stick within the confines of the life you and/or your parents imagined for you at age 18. And that’s more than okay. In fact it’s pretty freaking awesome.
Can we take a minute to appreciate that? To look around and see that while clearly there are major problems in the world how freaking cool is it that these days you really ACTUALLY can be almost anything you want to be? Pretty amazing. I can’t think of anything I would wish for more for my kids than doing what they genuinely love.
If you’re a parent then you’re well aware of how tuned in our kids are to what we are saying, what we are doing and how we are feeling. We are their first lesson in what it will mean to do what they love. So not only do we need to encourage them to do what they enjoy but it’s on us to lead by example. To walk the walk.
So we celebrated Craig’s birthday, but I also celebrated taking the big scary leap of faith to do what I love and hope you do the same. Life is far too short to have it any other way!
Oh and after the crepe paper I wrapped a few gifts. We’re not very spendy birthday gift givers in this home. I generally just try to find a few things that have meaning and I think will be enjoyed by the recipient. Craig got a bunch of San Diego State gear, a memento from one of his favorite childhood ice cream stores and a classic version of Yahtzee which I thought he and Kayla would bond over.
I blew up a few balloons, threw a stack to Entenmann’s chocolate frosted donuts on a plate, stuck some candles in them and declared myself done. Donuts from a box they are, but in weird signs from the universe Craig and I both grew up loving them and seeing them as a special treat. I called upon Uber Eats to deliver dinner and that was that. Do what you love, outsource what you don’t (hello gourmet cooking!) and own it. Own your happiness.