Hi, I’m Darla and welcome to Imperfectly Creative where I write about being happy and purposeful amid the imperfect, mundane times of everyday life. I love learning new things and implementing ideas to see if they stick. I share what’s working for me in many areas of life including motherhood, finances, health and fitness, and personal growth.
Most days I can be found with piles of laundry to fold, trying to put a healthy, home-cooked dinner on the table. I’m also a mom and taxi driver to two teenagers and two grade schoolers. I’m a freelance writer and editor, president of the junior high parent organization, and a church volunteer. My husband is a car dealer, and I help him with marketing and other projects for our dealership. It’s a crazy, imperfect life that I love!
As a parent, I subscribe to the philosophy shared by Andy Andrews, “The goal is not to raise great kids. It’s to raise kids who become great adults.” Basically, I don’t want any kids living in my basement when they are 28.
My husband and I have faced many years of financial difficulty, including a failing business and a home we short sold. It’s been a difficult journey and we are not out of the woods yet, but I am so grateful for the challenges that we have faced. Our financial trials have taught me to rely on God, to have faith, to love my husband even when life is hard, to teach my kids to be content, and to be grateful for all that I do have. I can honestly say that I would never change what we have gone through.
I am uncoordinated and inflexible, but despite my deficiencies, I am an addicted, “drinkin’ the Kool-Aid” Crossfitter. I also love exploring healthy eating. I ate a Paleo diet for two years and am always exploring ways to eat healthy.
I’m an introvert, which means I love alone time and get energized from being by myself. I do like people and parties, but I know my limits and make sure I get time to recharge after a lot of social interaction.
I’m a control freak but have faced many situations in the last few years that have taught me how to let go. You will frequently hear me say, “Everything will work out,” because that is my mantra when I am not sure how a situation will end.
I crave creativity and believe being creative is more than just performing or crafting. Creativity extends to all areas of life from organizing a pantry to parenting. I believe we are all made by the ultimate Creator. If He’s creative, then so are we. No one is exempt from having creativity.
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