There's the problem. Quilting was my sanity saver when the kids drove me nuts when they were younger. It was my happy place where I wasn't overwhelmed, where I could recharge my batteries. In my world, quilting is not supposed to be overwhelming!
|Hoarfrost by Canuck Quilter Designs|
I pulled out my winter quilts this week. Look at Hoarfrost with the pretty snowflakes. The pretty snowflakes reminded me of the movie Frozen, whose soundtrack played pretty much constantly in the background while I stitched this. Thinking of that of course led to that ear worm replaying through my head. That's it! My direction for 2018...
Let It Go!
I'm letting go of the stress. I still have lists: patterns I want to write or revise, new ideas to pitch to magazines, tutorials I'd love to share (but I have to write them first), marketing chores and ideas, lectures and workshop ideas to develop, quilts to make... See, that list of lists is getting to me just typing it out!
I'm taking a deep breath and letting go. I'll tackle the top item on each list and work on it and let the rest of the items go until it's their turn. Fretting about what I'm not getting done isn't getting anything done sooner, so I'm going to focus on one at a time, for the time it takes to get it done.
Letting go of the stress is also going to require carving out some quilting time away from the business side of quilting. I'm not shuttering my business or quitting pattern designing, because I really do enjoy those too. However, I don't need to be working on a pattern whenever I'm not working at the quilt shop. I shouldn't be sitting in front of the computer every single evening. Also, some sewing can and should be "just because" with no deadlines or demands attached. I need to get back quilting being my happy place. And that will make me happier and saner overall, and better able to cope with the rest. I think my family will approve.
|Here's the plan for today's playtime|
I'm starting right now. I have an unexpected snow day off today and my first thought was to work on the Starfall pattern that is half written. However, New Me realizes that time was set aside for that already in my original plans. This unexpected day is a freebie day, and I am going to work on my RSC butterfly quilt "just because" it is going to make me smile. And then I'll spend a little extra time in the kitchen making something warm and yummy (don't know what yet). And I am going to spend time with my daughter, who also has an unexpected snow day in the midst of her high school exams. And maybe I'll go clean the bathroom because it really does need a bit of attention, but honestly that item is pretty far down today's list!