IMG_0195In all the craziness of moving to Chicago six years ago, getting married, and having a kid–my vocation seem to get lost.

I tried to hold on to what I thought I was called to do (that is start a church), but it just didn’t seem to mesh with having a baby.

My identity as an artist had long been subjugated to my pastoral identity only to show up here and there to make a message or event more creative.

But there I was, mentally bored yet emotionally and physically tired from being a full-time care-giver, when the idea came to me to create a book or books that I just couldn’t find for my kid.

A lot of people decide to write a children’s book for the same reason, but for me it also made sense in a way that nothing else I had ever tried.

My brother said, “That’s it Amy, that’s perfect.”

I spent my entire childhood, honing my drawing and painting skills. By my senior year of high school I spent at least three hours a day in the art room.

I spent my twenties studying theology.

My thirties have been all about marriage and family–causing an identity crisis in regards vocation.

But it seems like I have finally found something that I can do while being the wife and mother I want to be.

Reconciling vocational calling with a new parenting roll can be challenging. Has it been a challenge for you? What has helped you through the transition?

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Published by Amy Louise Negussie

Writer, pastor, and community creator passionate about helping urban people connect to one another, self, and God. Amy lives in Chicago with her boys (1 husband, 2 sons, and 1 dog) walking distance to Wrigley Field (go Cubbies!).

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