Today is going to be a self-test. I know what has to be done and I plan on doing it. It is time to adopt that ‘no-nonsense’ attitude and stay focused on the goal. I know it is not out of reach and there is no reason that I can’t attain it.
These words that you are reading are coming from a semi-professional ‘lolligagger’. The definition for the term lolligagging (Yes. It is a real word.) is as follows:
”Spend time aimlessly; idle: “lollygagging in the sun”.
Dawdle: “we’re just lollygagging along”.
While perhaps I am being a bit hard on myself by branding myself a ‘lolligagger’, I am finding that as I am getting close to the finish on the tasks at hand, I have been a bit unfocused and somewhat easily distracted. I believe the reason for that is because I am in need of a short break.
With being self-employed, you usually get about one “weekend” day a month if you are lucky. If you are unlucky, you get about 25 a month because you don’t have any work to do and in all liklihood you are starving. While ideally it would be nice to have something in between, we don’t always have control over regulating our level of busy. Either the switch is ‘on’ (which is preferable) or it is ‘off’ (which is not) and there are many times that there is nothing in between.
Although I do find myself meandering form the tasks at hand when I am due for some ‘me time.’ After all, I am only human. Usually I can go on pretty long before this occurs though, and I only get like this a couple of times a year.
In my own defense, the past couple months have been rather full. I kind of feel like the bear that went over the mountain only to see another larger mountain ahead. After a while it kind of gets old, seeing mountain after mountain after mountain, with no break in between.
But this time, there really, really (really!) is a valley over these last mountains. In the valley there is a refreshing stream and a meadow filled with cool breezes and sunshine. A beautifully calm place where birds are singing and you can close your eyes and hear the water rushing over the rocks in the stream. It is a wonderful place to have a picnic and recharge my battery and I look forward to spending (just a little) time there. It will be my reward for a job well done and I won’t need to spend a long time there before I am once again looking for adventure.
So no lolligagging!
My goal today is finishing up my painting of the new patterns. I know I can achieve it only if I stay focused. I then have the (small) task of finishing up my final article for the magazine on Monday, as well as assembling the pattern packets for these two sets of ornaments. I plan on finishing that by Tuesday.
That should be my last mountain that I need to climb. At least for the time being. What will come my way after that will come, but I only hope that whatever it is, I will have at least a day to enjoy the valley and the sunshine. But this will happen only if I stay focused these next couple of days.
With that said, it’s time to pull out the paint brushes and get to work. The good thing is that I am really enjoying painting these ornaments. Since this is the second time around, I am refining them and making them look even better than the originals. I am proud of them and they are nice. That in itself is a great reward. And somehow that mountain doesn’t look so bad to climb after all.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"