"There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe and mostly live." – Dalai Lama
I was trying to decide what to write about this morning and I saw this on my Facebook timeline. It was a posted by a dear friend of mine named Charlotte who has her own decorative painting business called Roma Land Woodcrafts. I have known Charlotte for a couple of years now and we 'visit' through Facebook on a daily basis. I love her artwork and her love of teaching as well as her sense of humor and the stories about her life growing up in Tennessee. I especially love the stories. Her blog is one that I try not to miss – even during my busiest times – because it portrays such a wonderful sense of family and community. Through it I feel as if I know her better, as well as her mother and father who provided for and raised their family using solid values and hard work. They are people that I have never met, but truly admire.
The quote caught my eye because I spent the weekend doing something that I rarely do – not working.
Those of you who come to read often know that I usually work just about every day. Sometimes I even accomplish more on the weekend than week days, as I somehow seem to be more focused and productive. But this weekend, I felt that I needed some time to just 'live' and didn't worry about work. I admit it felt odd, but it was something that was long in coming and the combination of beautiful weather and getting my car back made getting out too much temptation to resist, and I wound up doing other things and enjoying both the weather as well as the beautiful area that I live in. But once in a while, I think it is OK.
On Saturday I took a ride to Yarmouth. I needed to pick up some wood for an order, but to be honest, it was a good excuse for a drive. The sun was shining and the air was warm and (of course!) I chose to drive along the ocean and enjoy the scenery. To be honest, I took my camera with, but I never took it out of the bag. I was too busy enjoying the beauty of the place I live to even think about it.
I did accomplish my errands, and got the supplies I needed, but when I returned home in the late afternoon, I was simply exhausted. I am not sure if it was the sun and fresh air, or if it was the relief of the anxiety that I had been feeling these past couple of months being without a vehicle (after a long, long winter.) I spent Saturday evening with Keith. We took a ride to Mavillette Beach and took a long walk across it. It was cooler on the shore, but I was surprised that we were just about the only ones there by the time we left. It was nice to sit and watch the waves come crashing over and over again. I don't know what it is about the surf that mesmerizes me, but it is relaxing to watch and I could spend hours there. We came home and watched a movie. Instead of watching it as I worked, I turned my computer screen off. I actually fell asleep before it finished – right around 10pm and I fell into bed and slept better than I had in weeks. I was really tired and I think the fresh air got to me.
Yesterday I had great ideas about what I would accomplish. I began by cutting some of the orders that awaited me, but sometime mid-afternoon I once again got the urge to do something outside. I convinced Keith to come with me to take a walk on another nearby beach – this one had a long boardwalk that was a couple of kilometers long – and he agreed. I expected it to be filled with people on a Sunday afternoon, but once again there were few, and we had the entire area almost all to ourselves. I promise I will take photos next time and share the beautiful view that we encountered. I certainly live in paradise.
We came home and ate a simple dinner, but once again I was spent for the day. I had ideas of working on Layla, but I just didn't have my heart in it and I thought it would be best to do so another time. So it was more or less a repeat of the evening before.
Part of me feels 'lazy' but a larger part know that down time is necessary to keep me moving and fresh. I often get comments from people who compliment me on my ability to keep coming up with fresh ideas and my work ethic. Being self-employed sometimes challenges us to stay focused and motivated. But anyone who is successfully self-employed knows that taking breaks and allowing ourselves time 'off' is necessary so that we don't burn out. Those times may come once in a while or there may be several days in a row. But no matter how much we love what we do, we need to take some time for ourselves.
The past two summers went by with me hardly taking any time such as this. I always speak of heading to the beach for the day, and I rarely follow through with it. I think that I had only ONE day there last year, and that was only for about two hours. It is a shame when it is something that brings me so much enjoyment and I live so close. I am determined this year to make the time to visit at least once a week. Those memories of two to three feet of snow are still fresh in my mind and I want to take advantage of the outdoors as much as I possibly can this season. I think it will make me a better designer in the long run.
I did want to show Keith's new pattern that he added to our site (one of us was working this weekend anyway!)
His Glory to God Sectional Plaque pattern is a great new addition to his sectional word art pieces. You can check out the full description here:
I hope you all had a good weekend. I also hope that you remember to take time to relax and do what you love to do and enjoy your surroundings. In the long run, I feel that the time you spend taking care of yourself will pay off in many ways to make you happier and more productive in the long run. We only have one life to live. We need to find a good balance between work and play so we can enjoy it to the fullest.
Happy Monday to you all! Have a wonderful week!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"