Today signalled the last day of the Victorian September school holidays. And during the past two weeks I was able to stitch more than I had all of the previous 10 weeks put together. As I happy danced at the completion of not one, but 2 projects, I could not help but remember the arrogant attitude I had towards finding time to stitch only 5 years ago.
So often, at the Craft and Quilt Fair, I would dismiss the lament “but I have no time to stitch” without really understanding what I was talking about. You see, back then I thought I knew what busy was. After all, I was the full time mother to 3 children and a business owner. And I could not fathom sitting in front of the television, with nothing in my hands. For me, it was a matter of time management.
Fast forward 5 years, I am still a full time mother – now with teenagers on my hands, I am still a business owner, but I am now also a full time member of the paid workforce, a teacher. And although it pains me to admit it, when I do have an hour of time available to me, you may find me in front of the tv, sitting there, blindly watching something, anything, with idle hands. Because on these occasions, I am so exhausted, I can not think, and I fear that if I was to pick up my needle, I will be undoing everything by the next day. I often don’t stitch – when else will I do the basic housework that needs to be done, run around after kids – my own and others, do my corrections, my lesson planning, fill the orders, update the website. And on the odd occasion, write a blog post.
And yet, when I pull out that needle and start stitching, I find that my mind is able to move to a calmer place. A more relaxed place. And I just want to sit and stitch, and stitch some more.
So as I head back to the lounge room to take out my needle and thread again knowing that I really should be correcting those Year 12 SACs as the kids will want them on Monday, I am wondering how do you find that time to stitch? What routines do you put in place? Any advice? Please share.