"You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club."--Jack London
I have low energy right now. My current projects aren't progressing, and I'm struggling to get back on track. No real passion. No creativity. A proverbial standstill. Blah.
What do you do when this happens to you, and you have deadlines to meet? You can't sit back and do nothing. You still need to meet the bottom line. We give ourselves little pep talks, but even those don't help at times. How do we break the cycle?
I Ask Myself These Things About My Wellbeing:
Are you getting enough sleep? Some people say they don't need more than 4 hours of sleep a night, but Web M.D. says some of us need up to 9 hours or more. We each know how much we need to function best, so adjust it if it's part of the problem.
Are you eating fresh, healthy food? Think consciously about the fuel you're putting in your body. I may be guilty about overdoing the cocoa crispies and caffeine lately, and by afternoon I need more. I'm trying to switch to plain water when I'm feeling hungry. Very often I'm thirsty, and can't tell.
Are you moving? Notice I didn't say exercising. That's a negative word for me that conjures up fancy clothes, and huge amounts of time. I'm talking about not looking for the closest parking space, taking the stairs if you can, and making sure you do walk the dog. Light gardening or even sweeping the room is great movement. I'm guilty here for avoiding it. If you've been sewing for a long time, take some time to stretch. Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon has been writing a series on stretches for sewist. Sunday Stretch #1 and Sunday Stretch #2 We need movement.
My Plan and Promise
Today I will mulch one garden bed. I'll cook a healthy lunch and dinner, and also plan a menu for the upcoming week. I'll try a glass of water before a cookie, but I may still have that cookie. I promise to pay better attention to my physical needs.
My design wall has a lot going on at the moment. Maybe too much? I'm looking for ways to add interest to the corners of my improv quilt above. I experiemented with strips and wedges here. I love the effect of the spider web, but not sure it's what the improv needs. Next try is a square block.
I worked on the hexie quilt (on the top picture right) fleshing out the blocks, but thought a few mug rugs would be a perfect little gift for a friend of ours. Quick and easy projects are very rewarding. I added a layer of PUL next to the backing for water resistance.
Enjoy your holiday today in the States, and breathe in the last days of summer. Be aware of your health, and see how it carries over into your work and creativity. Shall we do this together?
Come on, Doxie girls.
Finish that bit of yogurt, and...
Let's go sew.