My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1245: Flexibility

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-13-2014 01:25 PM 1040 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For those of you who have great intentions of getting certain tasks done, only to have “life” get in your way – you are not alone.

For the past several days my goal has been to draw my next design so that I could get it cut and on the site. It seems however that on each of the previous three days, something came up that needed my attention first and I had to switch gears and put my drawing on the back burner. Such is life.

I used to get cross at times like this. I didn’t know WHO or WHAT I was actually cross at – usually not the ‘event’ that distracted me. It seemed that I would mostly be upset with myself for not achieving the goals I had set in front of me. I felt as if I failed or wasn’t as dedicated as I should have been. In the end, I didn’t feel very good about myself.

But looking back, that wasn’t a very kind way to be. In thinking harder about the reasons why I was distracted in the first place, I took a little more time to asses whether the reason that I changed my plans was a GOOD reason or a FOLLY. I actually surprised myself when I realized that in most of the cases things were rearranged for very good reasons and if the situation presented itself to me in the exact same way again, I would probably do the same thing all over.

So why was I unhappy with myself?

Goals are something that I find very positive and very necessary for us to accomplish all that we can. Without setting goals for ourselves, we tend to just flounder around from this thing to that without a purpose or reason.

Achieving and reaching our goals is something we need as well. By doing so, it helps us to feel accomplished – even if it is only for a few minutes as we take a breath and look back on what we just completed. It is like having a little landing on a long, long staircase that we climb every day. We get to take a bit of time and rest and feel good about ourselves. Even if our goals weren’t met just how we would have liked them to be, it gives us a chance to regroup and plan how we may do better next time.

There are long term goals and short term goals. Most of us have both. We have the things we want to accomplish that will take months or maybe even years, and other things that we can accomplish quickly – maybe even several throughout a single day.

The common thing about most goals is that they are flexible and are ever-changing. Seldom is a goal completed exactly as we planned when we first created it. Usually it evolves from day to day, and the longer it takes to achieve, the more it differs from conception to achievement. It is just the way our lives are.

I have found that many of us don’t realize this, and they don’t allow for those naturally occurring changes to happen. They are stringent in their goals and fight any type of deviation from the original plan.

For myself, I find that this can be counter productive and slow down progress even more. Most of the time the effort spent on fighting things could be better spent accomplishing your goal, but perhaps with a slight variation. I think that prioritizing tasks and allowing that order to shift is probably the most effective way to keep on accomplishing and making the best use of your time.

With that said, today again I will attempt to draw. I had planned on doing so yesterday, but word of an impending storm heading our way cause me to shuffle things around a bit and change my direction. Keith and I were planning to go to Yarmouth on Friday, as I needed to get photos taken for renewing my passport and we had some other things we needed to accomplish. But we are supposed to get hit today and tomorrow with the storm that is east of us, so we thought while the sun was shining and the roads were dry it was a better plan to get things over with yesterday. And that we did.

Not only did I get the pictures taken, but we stocked up on supplies for us and the cats, as well as some office supplies that we will be needing in preparation for the classes we are going to teach in New York. Little by little we are checking things off of our list, as we want to be well-prepared for the adventure.

So all is good. We are home safe here and the pictures are done (no – I won’t show them!) and even if we are snowed in for a week we will be fine and comfortable. I am glad that it is behind us and feel better that we have all we need to move ahead with our preparations for teaching.

TODAY I will be drawing. I plan to begin as soon as I finish up here. While I have been delayed several times, I think it has been for the best because in my mind, I have been revising the pattern that I am going to create and I think that it is going to be better now that I had originally planned. Perhaps things happen for a reason.

I am not going to promise to show you drawings or cuttings of the new things in tomorrow’s post. I am learning that things can change without warning. My intentions are to draw, and perhaps even cut my new design out, and I hope that I will have something to show tomorrow.

If not, I am sure that there will be a good reason that I don’t.

Have a wonderful Thursday.

”Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.”

Today’s Featured Project

STB03 Heart Box With Swivel Top Lid

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 02-13-2014 10:01 PM

The boxes are great. Love them!
I had fun yesterday at Opus Art Store and came away with the brushes I wanted and a product for restoring brushes.It’s called “Brush shaper” by Speedball. It is supposed to get your brush back in shape if you have left them in water too long and they get a bend in the bristles or if the bristles start to separate and become a bit hairy looking as some of mine have. I’ll let you know how it works.
Stay safe and warm. Good to be off the roads with all the snow storms you are getting. Mild and sunny here – but life is interrupting any designs on going out to the workshop today! :)

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#2 posted 02-13-2014 11:39 PM

Great post Sheila.

-- I never finish anyth

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#3 posted 02-16-2014 08:04 PM

Ditto what Anna said. I really like those

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 02-16-2014 11:35 PM

Thank you all so much. I didn’t realize that I didn’t comment back here.

:) Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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