Acting on Ideas? That’s crazy talk!

I’m doing random order now on the reverb10 thing. Today, I’m writing on yesterday’s prompt – Action! “When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step?”

Making ideas happen. That’s easier said than done. Or maybe that’s something we’ve heard somewhere and it keeps us from acting on ideas. Well, the idea that I’ve had since Keith’s death is working toward being a “stay-at-home” mom. I put that in quotes because anyone who has kids knows you don’t really stay at home.

I’m kind of an artsy person. I already have a part-time job at my church as the organist / pianist and I love it. I wish I had more time to devote to practice and planning. I have thought about teaching piano but, at least while I have a regular 40-hour work week job, that’s not an option. Even if I were able to quit my current weekday job, I’m still not sure I want to teach piano. The primary time for students would be afternoons and weekends – time that I’d prefer to spend with my family.

I took a voice over class a few years back because I thought I wanted to try to get into that type of work. I even made a demo. But then I didn’t do anything with it. Now, however, I’m putting that idea into action – I’ve emailed a question to the person who is over casting at a local studio. I do hereby solemnly swear and promise that I will follow up with them!

The other potential money-making artsy thing I have thought of in the past was doing something with photos and scriptures, but I’m not sure about that one anymore. I feel like it’s over done. I don’t know, though. Part of me would like to do it just for me and put them out there and see what happens.

What do these potential money-making jobs have to do with my desire to “stay at home”? Well, from initial looking around, it appears I’d still need at least some income in order for us to have things like a roof over our head, food on the table, and clothes on our bodies (trust me, you want us to have clothes on our bodies…). That “initial looking” leads me to my next action item. After the first of the year, I’ll be meeting with a financial planner so he can help us come up with a plan to get out of debt and I’m hoping he’ll see something I’ve missed and maybe, just maybe, I won’t *have* to have some other potential money-making job(s) in order to make ends meet. I’d still probably do them, though. Why wouldn’t I? They’re fun! Making money on them would be an added bonus. They would be even more fun, I believe, if I’m not relying on them to pay the bills.

There’s my action. No longer thinking about the artsy things I want to do one day, but actually starting the wheel into motion. Here’s to a life-changing 2011!


  1. OH NO MA’AM I DO NOT THINK SO! Just Kidding! Really? You know it has been my dream for some time now to be a “stay at home” mom. We are no where close to realizing that dream with two teenagers and Kevin’s salary being reduced by 12% just days before Christmas. 🙁 God will provide and I know this; therefore, I will try not to worry! I hope you are able to make your ideas happen. God has blessed you with many talents, use them to glorify him and you can not go wrong. He knows the desires of our heart!