First things first. Congratulations to Anne Haun who won the fold-over bag from Modern Handcraft! And thanks to all who entered and went to visit Nicole's blog!
Now, let's talk about that photo up there. It's looking a little like Christmas. It's because I'm starting to think about Christmas more. Actually, I've had a few holiday things going nearly all year for various projects, but it's really hitting me now. Mainly because I'm always feeling behind.
Stacey recently wrote a post dispelling the myth of Super Woman, and I feel it deeply. I know that everyone who looks like they have it all together...doesn't. Certainly I know that I don't, even when sometimes people seem to think I do. I have my own "secrets" for getting "everything" done. Perhaps the biggest secret (or maybe it's not!) is that I'm in a constant state of feeling like I'm not accomplishing enough.
There are times in my life when I get TONS of projects made for my blog, but these days I'm working on more things in the background (stitching for my book, constructing projects for books for others, etc.). I cut it really close with most things in my life, just barely getting it done in time.
The truth may be that I'm not accomplishing enough. That I should do better. That I let people down. That I need to do more in order to maintain and build my little business.
The problem with that line of thought (true or not!) is that it just bogs me down more. I'm pushing those thoughts away, cutting my losses, and moving on with what I can do.
What does this have to do with Christmas? Well, it's not Halloween yet, but I'm not going to try and squeeze in the spooky things that I missed along the way. I'm plowing straight into the next things so I have time to do them. November is going to be a month of giving (perfect for Thanksgiving...and Christmas prep), and I'm giving myself the freedom to post what and when works best for me. All with the hope that I'll actually get things done (even if I can't do it all!) and that we'll all have a merry holiday season...
Notes to remember:
• I can't (and don't!) do it all.Are we all good with this? Yes? Let's breathe and enjoy life and craft some things here and there.
• Christmas is coming sooner than planned.
• Giving month will include some opportunities to give (fair warning!).