What To Do When Things Don’t Go As Planned

It’s two in the afternoon. By now, I should have made all those phone calls, worked on a painting, a mermaid blanket, and finished writing this.

But, I haven’t. Despite all my planning, all my hopes to be ticking things off my to-do list, nothing seems to be going as planned.

And, that’s okay!

I have Perfectionism Syndrome. (It’s not really a medical issue, although, you’d think…) If things aren’t just right, I begin to unravel. It’s moments like these that I have to remind myself to 1) calm down 2) breathe and 3) laugh. I’ve been working on this method for years now.

So, what do you do when things don’t go as planned? Do you freak out? Do you rush to get as much as you can done and hope everything smooths itself out? Do you give up completely? I mean, what’s the point in even trying to get anything done?

img_6344    The socks I didn’t finish during the Tour de Sock competition. They didn’t even fit my feet! On the bright side, I learned mosaic knitting!!

I have a very simple suggestion, and one I am applying at this moment.

Stay positive.

That’s it! You can beat yourself up for all the things you should’ve finished, but that’s not going to change the fact that life happen. Plans change suddenly. Children get sick, you get sick, volunteering takes longer than you expected, your dog gets sick all over the living room floor. It’s so easy to lose patience! To think to yourself, Maybe nothing is going to work out, and I should just quit while I’m ahead.

Please don’t quit. Please keep going. Please stay positive. Everything has a way of working out, and if I’ve learned one thing it’s that by staying positive, you still have a chance to succeed. Being negative makes it so much harder, I promise! Don’t beat yourself up!

IMG_7277.JPG      There’s light and rainbows at the end of the tunnel!

Find joy in the things you did get done. Your children are getting over their cold faster because you’re taking care of them. Students at the local elementary school have benefited because you gave them that little extra bit of time, and their clay pinch pots are beautiful!! And your carpet looks spectacular! Something good came out of what would normally be overwhelming and frustrating.

And, if things are really bad and you can’t find anything positive, take a deep breath and start over. Wipe that slate clean and begin again. And, remember: You got this. 

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Make All The Things

For years now, I have been processing, combing, dyeing, spinning, and knitting. It’s one of my favorite things to do besides hang out with my amazing family. I’m finally ready to share my stories, skills, goof-ups, and creativity with the world! I’m a serious introvert, which can make this hard sometimes, and I honestly didn’t plan to make my first blog post until 2017, but here I am. Excited, nervous, (or, as I like to call it, “nervexcited”), giddy, sometimes terrified, but mostly joyful. I mean, really, joy is burying your face in wool, and then sharing it with those around you!

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I do other things, too. In fact, most folks would say I have too many hobbies. I don’t believe that. My brain can not fathom such a thing. I paint, I make pottery, jewelry, I garden, I can foods (is that considered a hobby?), I buy lots of art making supplies (THIS is a hobby!), I process wool by hand, dye it, spin it, and knit it up. I also crochet. In fact, I was an instructor at one point for both knitting and crochet. I’m not a Super Duper Expert or anything (I still have to google and you tube stuff), but my enthusiasm makes up for some of it. I also love, love, love hiking, fishing, and camping. And, if hanging out with my family is considered a hobby, you can add that one to the top of the list. I have 3 awesome kids and a wonderful husband who encourage, support, pick on, and love me. They keep me inspired, and add a level of happiness to my life that is really, and truly, indescribable.

I have so many plans for this space, and I’m not 100% sure yet what will fit and what won’t. Life is like that sometimes. You have a TON of ideas, hopes, goals, and dreams, and sometimes, ya find out ya gotta downsize. Which is not always a bad thing. I hope to at least bring you pretty pictures, fun tutorials, and most of all, share the joy of creating. I really hope to see you around! Check back weekly for posts, or feel free to sign up to be notified when I slap something new up on the interwebs!

If you’re still with me, I invite you to check out my Etsy shop, where I’ve listed some of my hand made and hand dyed goods. There will be a lot more coming once the holidays are over, and the new year has begun!