As I’ve gotten more serious about my writing and my work, I feel a need to be more accountable for maintaining balance in my life and for working on long-term projects. In order to do that, I’ve decided to transform my Friday Moment into a Friday Check-in. Here’s the plan. Every Friday, I’ll post a picture and answer five questions. They will be about my work, my home, myself, my project or goal, and the picture. I’ll try it for a season and see how things go!
The sun has been shining like crazy this week. Pumpkin and I had lunch outside on Wednesday. We go to the market on Wednesday mornings and are developing a serious and wonderful flat bread and olives lunch habit. Afterward lunch, I found myself doing some work in the garden. It’s been a while. Our damp, wet August didn’t motivate. But now we’ve got some volunteer nasturiums and winter lettuce on the front edge ready to take on the fall. Fingers crossed! Now, on to questions.
1. How are you moving forward at work?
It was hard to feel like I was making progress at work this week. A study day for Peanut on my dedicated sewing morning had me throwing up my hands in despair. Yeah, I over-react sometimes. But I also adjust. I went back over my blog schedule and made sure there are no more than three posts scheduled per week until the end of the year. Accomplish-able goals [link to planning] is where it’s at, I tell you. I also remembered that my production plan is a plan. When something gets in the way, the thing to do is ask myself the one question (thanks dad), “What’s really important?” Getting my bag design to version two took priority this week, so I did that instead. I did it gleefully with music and singing and dancing the my workroom. Felt like a good choice!
2. How did you improve your home?
Pumpkin and I spent a good sunny hour reorganizing the shed this week. It’s one of those things that needs to be done once in a while. Now the garden things are all together, the painting things are all together and guess what – we have an empty shelf! Hoorah. Space on the shelves equals space in my mind. Does it work like that for you, too?
3. How did you take care of yourself?
I’ve been allowing myself to be sucked into the internet in the evenings lately. This is not good for a person who’s just now emerging from half a decade of sleep-deprivation. I’m finally starting to understand and feel the link between sleep and my moods. Letting something as immaterial (literally) as the internet get in my way seems plain silly. My solution: an alarm on my iPod set for every weeknight. Around 10 pm, it crickets and gives me instructions, “Get off the internet. Do something useful or joyful instead.” So far, I’m being obedient.
4. How are things going with the daily writing project?
Daily writing is going better. This week, I tried doing just a wee bit of planning before I started to write. It helped. For example, for this post I had a couple notes from earlier in the week of things I wanted to include. It makes for more focused and enjoyable writing time. The one time I didn’t have a plan I mind-dumped into a file that is going to be frightening to read when I get back to it. There are now 30 dots plus one after I finish this. Holy cow – I made it to a month! Yippee!
5. Talk about the picture.
Last weekend I plowed through a pile of mending and unfinished projects. Some of these have been sitting around for more than a year, but mending piles are like that. There was an unexpected satisfaction in getting this work done. Part of that was related to crossing something off my list. But it was more than that. Mending requires a combination of skill and creativity. I’ve been working hard on both this past year and it was rewarding to use both better than I would have a year ago. Mending is also a realization of values I am trying to live, particularly trying to limit consumption and to value what we have. So there you have it. My celebratory messy pile of mending done!