Summer

Isn’t it strange how some days are just so productive and others are so blah? For me it doesn’t have anything to do with my best laid plans, organized scheduling and alarms set on the weekend. I still wake up and feel one way or the other and that feeling is what directs the day, not my itemized list.  I’ve been drinking coffee, which if you knew me, you’d be gasping at that news! So I know I’m working hard. I had intended to slow down a little over the summer, just so that I could really enjoy the warmth and catch my breath a bit. But it’s busier than ever and not just with work either!

Montreal botanic gardens

When you have your own business it takes precedence over everything. I want things for my clients to be as easy and convenient as possible. I work my weekends if they can’t come another time or have special events and I often start early or stay late. It’s my pleasure really, I like my job and I’m so grateful people support me with their business, I feel it’s the least I can do. That being said, it’s really important not to lose yourself and especially if you are in a relationship, to take the time to make sure other parts of your life get the attention they deserve. Nothing new here right? The all elusive work-life balance that a couple of people seem to have achieved really well, but most of us struggle with for years. I just need to clear my head more often and feel ok with saying no. Or even just, not at this moment, but how about this time? I’m pretty sure no-one would bat an eyelid.

Taking the time to sew is time for myself and while it seems like that’s all I ever do, it’s really just a few hours each weekend that I cherish. But lately, like I mentioned, I prepare for my precious sewing time full of ideas and plans and then can’t figure out how to start! Not usually my problem, but the last month or so, gah! I guess usually I would expect myself to have a problem with choosing an inspiration, but this is more with motivation. I just feel like things are so busy I want naps instead of projects and even writing that gives me the lazy guilts.

I did make a secret pillow and this colourful flying geese quilt top (with legs!!) as a test for a bigger one I might make soon! It’s insanely bright in person, which I love, but Ange was right when he mentioned it might come off as a bit hippie-ish all together. Seeing as I come from the ultimate hippie parents (sorry Mum, you were) I figure it’s good to have some bright psychedelic cheer in your life. It’s a wonderful pattern called the Four Winds Quilt from Fancy Tiger Crafts a great store I’d love to visit in Denver, Colorado. Hopefully I get back on the organized motivated horse and will report back with a dozen inspiring completed projects soon.

2 comments

  1. Emeline

    I remember it being SUCH a struggle to for everything in when we had the store, specially when I worked on Saturdays.
    I think giving in to the naps every once in a while will probably help with the long term motivation and big picture, no?
    Having said that, I am all too familiar with the guilt that follows, but I think planning to take a break eases the guilt. So say you Pomodoro in a 25 minute nap ), maybe that’ll free up some mental space for the motivation to flow in….

    Also- that lady quilt looks like an old CBC logo!!

    • admin

      It feels a bit nuts to complain about time management knowing there are people like you who seem to manage brilliantly with 3 kids E! I’m impressed you managed to Pomadoro at all!

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