Do you ever feel like you need a creative break from your day to day routine? I did but it was not by choice at first. So as you may know I was a chemist for a company and they were on their way of closing. I started applying to different lab companies but it seemed like I wasn’t getting a breakthrough so I began thinking differently out of frustration.
Psalm 62:5 “Yes my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”
I was so focused on my next job and realized I needed rest. I didn’t have an issue with relaxing, walking in the park with my notebook, but I needed to rest. I needed to trust God and go with the flow. So I began thinking of creative positions with skills I needed/wanted for my business. The first thing I thought of was dance.
One of my stories for Ella’s Greatest Adventures is related to dancing and I took dance classes growing up so I prayed for an opportunity to be hands-on in the dance community. That’s how I became a dance teacher for preschool.
It was so much fun teaching children how to dance and I learned a lot for myself. One of the things I learned was plans are made to be changed. I was given a curriculum to follow for when I taught class; however, 3-4 year olds wanted something different so that gave me the opportunity to create my own routines and make it fun. Being around the dance class definitely sparked my imagination.
After teaching dance class for a month I became a sales associate for a jewelry store. Working in retail taught me about management. From handling money to inventory of items, managing that part of the business was very important. Another reason I applied to the jewelry store was to interact with people. From working in the lab you’re only talking to your coworkers and as a sales associate, customers are constantly coming in so I wanted to push myself in that area to initiate conversation more . I also learned about different types of jewelry and material that’s used to make necklaces and bracelets.
After that month ended in the jewelry store I went back into the lab but having a creative break was exactly what I needed.