A talented artist with an aesthetic for minimalism, Joy is a mother of one from Portland, Oregon, who seeks to find the balance between her passion to create and her role as a mother and wife. We asked Joy to share some of her thoughts on the idea of work/life/motherhood balance…
What is your favorite part about being a new mother?
It is quite incredible to see the world from the fresh & untainted eyes of James. Things that I have become disenchanted with now have potential to be grand, new and fascinating. It is a beautiful honor to discover life alongside your child.
How has your path to creativity changed since becoming a mother?
As of now, my path to creativity looks very different than it did before baby James was born. Being creative always meant very specific things to me, none of which I could achieve easily as a mother. To be perfectly honest, I wasted a lot energy last year feeling sorry for myself and the sacrifices I had to make creatively. I recently had the conviction that I need to find ways to be grateful for exactly the season I’m in (which are overflowing with beautiful moments I will potentially miss out on if I’m self-focused). The days have been so much more joyful since.
So as far as my business and creative dreams go, they are simply on hold in this season. I believe God will make it apparent to me if and when that needs to change. For now, I’ve found contentment in the small ways I can express creativity daily – like cooking a meal with interesting ingredients or writing out a nice to-do list in a new font I created.
How has parenthood changed your relationship with your husband?
Parenthood has changed our marriage in countless ways, but for the better. As generic as it sounds, it has forced us to get really serious about communication. And of course, it’s pretty impossible not to fall deeper in love with the man that makes up half of our son – that’s a connection I have with no other human. It’s a pure gift to create another life with the person you love most.
All photographs by Joy’s talented husband, James Fitzgerald.
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PPB: On a Saturday morning, you’ll find us Joy: …at home spending a quiet morning together over a slow breakfast followed by a walk up to the base of Mt Tabor for coffee and time at the park.
When I get a moment to myself, I like to get in a very hot bath with essential oils, read a book, journal & pray.
As a new mom, when I leave the house, I always pack my diaper bag with at least 3 diapers, baby wipes, 1 change of clothes, a snack, my wallet/keys/phone/lip balm.
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