I spent yesterday finishing up repainting the mask ornaments for the pattern packet. I am really happy with them and while it seemed that they took a bit of time, I feel that they are much better than the first batch. I am now in the process of putting together the pattern packet and instructions for making them, and hopefully that should be finished shortly.
There is so much I want to do!
As I look at the calendar and realize that we are already well into February, I find myself thinking of how I sometimes fast-forward through my life. For some reason, when doing this project, I had the feeling that I should be moving quicker on it or accomplishing more each day that what I did – even though I have spent the majority of my waking hours working on it. This isn’t necessarily a good thing.
What programs us to think this way?
I know that I am not alone, because I read it every day in the statuses of my friends and acquaintances on Facebook. I hear it when talking to my friends in person, too. So many of them are in essence apologizing for not accomplishing enough, when in reality they accomplish a great deal.
I try to be conscious of what I am doing. I don’t want to be one of those people who gets so wrapped up in work and my job that I forget to look at the other things in life that are good. I want to be able to keep doing what I am doing for many, many years to follow and I don’t want to run the risk of burning myself out.
My friend Cari told me a story once of how she loved cherries jubilee. It was her all time favorite dessert and was truly a treat for her to have it. Once though, she was out to dinner and even though she was full with her meal, she ordered cherries jubilee for dessert, as it wasn’t always available. She ate it, and wound up feeling quite ill from overindulging. She said that it ruined it for her and she was never able to eat it again.
I think of that story sometimes when I feel overwhelmed by my work. Usually when that is the case, I realize that the reason that I am feeling that way isn’t because of what I am doing, but because I am not allowing myself to enjoy any of the other aspects of life. And that I believe will lead to burning out.
This week I was able to return to the gym after my quirky back injury a couple of weeks ago. While I am sometimes annoyed at the time it takes to go to the gym (there is always work to do!) once I am there, I am happy that I made the decision to go. It is a chance for me to get out and face people and actually do something good for myself. We usually only spend an hour or so there, and while we are out we accomplish our errands such as going to the post office and grocery shopping, so it isn’t as if we wouldn’t have spent at least part of the time doing these things anyway.
I had missed two weeks of going because of my back, and during that time, I felt a great deal ‘older’. Not necessarily because of my back hurting, but because everything else hurt too. I think my body needs the regular exercise to feel its best. With all the sitting I do on a daily basis with work, it is absolutely necessary for me to get up and move around. In any case – I am glad I am back at it.
Today I will spend the morning writing a bit and working on that packet. I doubt I will finish it today, but I have a goal of perhaps doing so tomorrow.
This afternoon though we plan to have a nice luncheon with our dear friend Bernie, his wife Ellen and their daughter Cindy. Friday was Bernie’s birthday and Cindy’s (Bernie and Ellen’s daughter) is this upcoming weekend. We usually have a celebratory dinner for them both at their place, but this year we decided to do something a little different. A new restaurant opened nearby that is supposed to have great home-cooked Acadian food. Rappie pie, scallops, fish chowder are a few of their specialties. Nothing is fried and everything is home made. We have reservations for a nice lunch there and then we are coming here for some birthday cake and a short visit. I made the cake last night and am ready.
It is in essence my ‘weekend’, as I worked right through the past several days. It is time off to enjoy our friends and celebrate a nice time with friends who are considered family.
I look forward to my day off. Even though I have a lot to do, the work will always be there and it will get done eventually. Today however, is a day to celebrate my dear friends.
Have a great Wednesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"