Arrrggghhhh….I have a head that is whirling with ideas and dreams and plans, but have lost the ability to translate it into action! A house full of children all day, with their demands for food, water and time (such demanding little creatures they are) is sucking the ability to create out of me! Throw in some hot weather, some unwelcome news on a different front, and a nice dash of burn out and hey presto – nothing is being made.
Well – that is not quite true. Today I actually finished a bag that I started two weeks ago(!!). But I have made more mistakes in this bag than any bag I have previously made – including forgetting to put one half of the magnetic snap in the bag before finishing it all up! Then, after unpicking, inserting the snap, and resewing, I realised that it was not quite centred! Doh! Two things I just haven’t done before! (A sign that I need to keep sticking to doing one thing at a time). I love the fabric in this bag, but after all the endless unpicking and restitching, and re-doing (because there were other errors too) I can’t bring myself to sell this one to a customer who is expecting good quality. So it looks like I have a new bag for the new year! Oh well – there needs to be a silver lining after so many mistakes!
The good news is that I am loving my new sewing room. I go and sit in there and it is like a little wave of calm flows over me. It continues to be a great move, even if I am not actually making much in there.
And that means that I have been sitting in there to calmly work my way through my planning/thinking/dreaming workbooks. I mentioned these in my last post. A fellow creative friend put me onto the site run by Leonie Dawson who produces these wonderfully illustrated workbooks and calendars that you can buy as digital downloads for a very reasonable price. Given that I am a bit stuck at the moment ( you know – the whole burn out thing) and that I am pretty much allergic to planning (which is part of the reason that I tell you so often that I am doing it – partly to hold myself accountable and partly to desensitise myself to the concept) I was a little sceptical. But I am a sucker for clear vibrant colours and messages of hope and inspiration and support. So after reading testimonials, examining the site, and loving the illustrations, I decided that the risk was minimal and the colours were worth it. (How superficial can one planning-avoider be?!)
I was just intending to buy the business workbook, but given that I have announced to you all quite emphatically that 2014 is my year, I bought the life workbook on a whim too. I am working my way through the Biz workbook first (because I printed it first!) and have already had some lightbulb moments. Some of them turned out to be blown lightbulbs when I re-examined them, but that doesn’t matter – I was thinking and reviewing and not breaking out in hives.
You start by a review of the past year. Wow – I had lost track of how much I had done in the last year! Then start on your goals, dreams, and plans for the new year. Uh-huh. Now we are talking. While you might be able to do this with lots of different tools and planners, I am loving this one so far. It has me thinking about what I need – not just what the business needs. Powerful stuff being reminded to make time for yourself! On that basis alone I am happy to recommend the products (which I don’t do that often). Then of course there are the beautiful illustrations by Leonie. I would be happy to just be surrounded by them all day! So I have become an affiliate and put a link up on the side of my page so that if you want to buy them for yourself you can! (I am also thinking of the meditation course she sells – I would love to go to a health spa and do it that way, but on my current budget think that an e-course might be a more realistic place to start! I will let you know what I decide!)
I have talked before about how much I love lists – and this workbook involves making lists. So in my next post, all going well I will share my ‘list’ with you – again working on that accountability thing!
The other thing I am doing is buying fabric! Oops! When I sat down and did an inventory of what I had I realised that I am actually in need of updating my stash, replacing some that are almost at an end, and embracing the new season’s fabrics. What a task! (Mwahahaha as my son would say!) So online orders have been happening, and tomorrow we will hit Spotlight – which starts the new catalogue sale tomorrow and has goodies on sale that I need (because when it comes to fabric we always need, rather than want, don’t we?!)
In school holiday updates – the boy has beaten me in Uno, but lost to me in Carcassone in a close run game. The two girls joined us for a game of Carcassone tonight with two add-ons (extra tiles and rules and pieces that you can add to the basic game) and it was hilarious. I went all out and strategized my placement of pieces and for the first time it worked! I cleaned up and won convincingly. Yes – I know that it is sad that a grown woman is gloating about beating three children who are all under 11 – but they have been beating me in everything so it was time for a win for the oldie!
I hope that your week is going well and that your head isn’t whirling! Remember – one day at a time. (For me and for you!)