11.06.2009

taking time back

I recently hired my son to do some babysitting for me twice a week in the afternoon.   It's a mother's helper situation, where I am still home but it gives me time to myself to do a block of sewing for a few hours in the afternoon without apology.  He takes care of the needs of the littlest ones and I pay him oodles of cash to do so, what a deal!

cast offs

Yesterday as I sat down in my make-shift studio, and after a hour passed, I noticed a pattern that keeps eating up my creative time.  administrative clutter - ick!  Somehow, most likely unconsciously, I've been using this precious time to organize papers and such, pay bills and generally deal with the clutter that surrounds me...twitch, twitch.  Paper really is my nemesis these days, I'm sure many of you can relate.  And while I've switched the majority of the household bills over to the eco emails somehow by the end of the week you would never know, paper is still making it's way into our home.  In an ideal world I wouldn't even allow paper work into my art zone but right now while we renovate, there is a limited amount of space.

wip •• bones ••

Once I realized what I was doing, I shuffled everything aside and turned my attention to the fabric, pictured above.  I turned the administrator off and instead worked on a new design that's been floating around in my cerebral hemisphere for a few months now.  There are still kinks to work out but I made some real progress on it's direction and I am happy with where things are going.

I realize more and more that I need my creative time, it fuels my right-brain and rejuvenates my energy.  I feel much more centered during my day and that helps me in so many unspoken ways.  I dare say it even makes me a better mumma...or at least a more creative one.  Confirmation came from the hubby when he said "everyone seems to have had a good day"...oh yes...a good day indeed.

5 comments:

  1. I do the exact same thing! Decide i want to craft and then fin oodles of chores to do in my office.

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  2. I know the feeling all too well. I try to keep some time for creative pursuits but before I know what's happened another day has gone and lots of other tasks have demanded my time and energy. I agree that taking time to be creative does make me feel a whole lot better about myself and life in general. Thanks for the reminder that I need to be more selfish and take some time back for me.

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  3. Do you think it is just a woman thing - getting caught up in doing other tasks instead of taking time for ourselves? sometimes I wonder... not to say that there aren't men out there that get caught up in doing tasks. it's just that it seems to be a common theme among women.

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  4. Definitely a women thing. Men just seem so much more relaxed about things piling up around them. My hubby is always telling me to sit down and put my feet up when I am in my whirlwind mode trying to do too many things. Sometimes I do sit down but all the time I'm thinking of all the chores that need done. Women are insane!

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