The plan? Start every day with an hour of sewing. Before anything else. In my pajamas. Complete with timer. During that hour, I don't want to talk about sewing, think about sewing, or write about sewing. I want to sew. Last week's thought - that there was too much pressure in my studio - really upset me. How did the place that nurtures me became so pressure filled that I am subconsciously avoiding it? Bottom line - the pressure could only be coming from me and if I am the problem, I am also the solution.
Although it wasn't first thing in the morning, yesterday was something of a trial run. I couldn't believe how many times I wanted to pop up and do something else like send an email, research a question, change the laundry, call a friend, have a snack or... or... or... One uninterrupted hour is not too much to ask for myself or of myself.
This week the plan is to sew, get dressed, journal, walk, and then write the next day's blog post and auto-set it for the morning. At the end of the week, I'll re-evaluate to see if I want to make further changes. I must get dressed every morning and I want to journal, write, walk, and sew. It seems to me that these can be accomplished in any order and that quite possibly a different order will better facilitate and honor my creativity.
In yesterday's hour - with only two slip-ups where I checked my email - I was able to fuse interfacing around the neckline and hems of the pajama top, serge finish and press up the hems, stitch the shoulder seams, bind the neckline, and sew on the sleeves. All that's left is to sew up the underarm seams and stitch the hems. While I'm working on that this morning, I'll be thinking about which project to sew next. I find knowing that answer provides a smooth transition between projects.
There has been a tremendous amount of synchronicity happening in my life lately. Although I was absolutely not in the mood to make resolutions or to set goals of any kind at the end of last year, they can - apparently - catch up with you anyway. I saw this book - One Word That Will Change Your Life - on Victoria's blog and even though I've heard about the concept before, I decided to read about it from the source to see if I'd been doing things "right". The book - IMHO - was only okay. There was a lot about finding your word and way too much about how to display your word and not nearly enough on how to apply your word. And yet...
... my word somehow managed to find me anyway. Several of the magazine articles in Dream Big along with concepts discussed in both The Energy Bus and Wide Awake - both fabulous books - talked about the need to ENJOY life. Enjoyment.... hmm... perhaps a lack of enjoyment is the reason for all the pressure in my studio, hence the change in routine.
AND YET... this is not a total change. It may in fact be a return to a previous routine. Way back when... when I worked outside the home... I always got up early and sewed for an hour before anything else. It worked wonderfully then. It could just quite possibly work wonderfully now.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - synchronicity
Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see.
- Carl Jung