I have the best luck ever!
Well, I do if you count being in another car accident within a year from the last time. About two Fridays ago, I was rear-ended by a driver who was simultaneously being rear-ended by a drunk driver. And, it gets better…the drunk driver did not have up-to-date insurance, as far as what is known for now. Sigh.
The resulting neck and back pain have set me back a little in my projects. But, honestly, my schedule can account for a bit of that setback too, so…
For instance, why, Dear God, am I still working on this spin?? Beats the heck out of me. Once upon a time, this would’ve been spun, washed, and hung to dry inside of three days!
And that’s just it. If it’s not work, it’s kids…and then if you have to fit in another to-do…a doc visit, a grocery run, whatever…and let’s face it, it all has to get done-it still has to be squeezed into what you’ve got left…until there’s nothing left. There’s only so many hours in a day, you know. I could sacrifice sleep to have me-time like yesteryear. But, that’s a risk driving my kids around so early, I’m just not willing to take.
Well, I’m somewhat of a Sherlock Holmes by nature. So, of course, I grabbed a couple books to help me sort out why my spindles, spinning wheels, my blog, and my pens, brushes, and pencils are all looking so lonely anymore. Besides the fact that there’s very little I can carry with me for very long without experiencing tension and strain for now, there were other things I found I could address.
In all my googling (lol), I found some great ebooks on inner peace, setting healthy boundaries, people-pleasing, etc. I hate to say it, but I think there are some traps I fell into that I need to find ways out of posthaste.
According to a book I’m currently reading by Gina Lake, which has (gasp) zero photos, I have forgotten how to take time out for myself. Apparently, this leads to less resistance when you are confronted with stressors. Makes sense.
Just that tidbit right there made me get a wheel back out of the corner.
This is the spin that I started a few weeks back at the mill. It has a bit more on it now. 🙂
That book is a slow read for me since the schedule is still a bit hectic. But, I think I’ll finish it. Unlike many of my other text-laden, non-fiction ebooks where I skip around until I can take no more or I’m just looking for a couple facts to support something, I actually want to finish this one. It’s definitely a must read.
Some of the language has caused me to attempt to put more to-do-nothing time into my schedule, if that makes any sense. Taking time to remember that I’m a human being and not a human doing is a valuable practice. Breathing is a valuable practice. Being present in the moment, is a valuable practice. Like, today, I have a break in the middle of my day, which I thought I might’ve had to use to make a mad rush to the doctor’s office in Wilmington. But, he’s going to an out-of-state office today. So, I get to blog instead. Cool! Enjoying the quiet of the moment is something I have really missed.
While I still have yet to finish a skein…How long has it been now?? (It looks like I may still need a book on being an accomplishment junkie…) I do attempt to make time for smaller projects like this little book for the mil’s birthday gift.
This will go along with her card I showed you a bit ago.
Two very different color schemes. But I like it! The dimensional quality of all the photos and papers and things stuffed between the two covers and into pockets kinda appeals to me. She’s a traditional type of woman though…so we’ll see if she likes it.
I just filled it with birthday decorations and photos of the kids over the years during their own parties/birthdays, or just general good times.
I figured, even if she didn’t like the presentation, how could she not like the photos…and the Target gift card tucked into the polka-dot party favor bag page. 😉
So, everything’s not perfect right now. Heck, they’re not even close. I’ve got a few more challenges than I’d like…some necessary, some so not, and some just weird…But what’re ya gonna do?
The only thing I can do is be thankful that this time, neither of my kids were in the car with me, that I did not go sailing into a pole, that my injuries will likely go away with time, and that there’s a wheel with my name on it waiting at home for me to get a minute to play.
Hey, my luck could’ve been wayyyy worse!