Tuesday, May 28, 2013

15 Minute Challenge - Running On Empty

Last week's 15 Minute Challenge post didn't happen.  It was supposed to happen. The post was a victim of too much too do in too short a time.  In hind sight, I should have realized just how much was on my plate last week and just canceled ahead of time.  But I didn't, so my apologies if you were looking for that post and didn't find it.  We'll play catch up this week, you can report how successful you've been with finding time to create neat stuff for the last two weeks.  

I managed to spend 8 days in my sewing room over the last 14 days.  That doesn't really sound too bad, but if you look closely, stitching only happened 3 out of the last seven days.  Monday and Tuesday were very busy days, I had to finish up the slide show for the graduation reception and there were technical problems that slowed that down.  Then Tuesday was Drama Teen's 8th grade graduation, which as the 8th grade parents have to do a lot of the prep and organization, was extra stressful.  I'd been working really hard on finishing up 5 quilts.  All of this added to together to produce a pretty significant crash on Wednesday.  I didn't want to even think about doing anything for the next few days.  I was just simply burned out. 

The fostering creativity theme for May has been "explore other creative interests".  Most of us don't have that problem as I pointed out in the May 7th post.  Last week was representative of the down side of being a multipotentialite (defined in the May 14th post).  It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the commitments we've made to our various creative interests when we have deadlines and then just loose the spark to work on anything.  So I took a break, rested and was then ready to get back to the sewing room last weekend.  I basically followed the strategy proposed over at Accidental Creative.  I admitted to being overloaded, then focused on meeting a significant deadline at work, and pretty much said "no" to any new commitments over the holiday weekend.  By Saturday, I was ready to spend the day in the sewing room.  

How well did your creative mojo work over the last 14 days? 

1. Kate @katiemaequilts
2. Julie in GA
3. Amanda
4. Thea

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Kate said...

A break is a good way to get refocused! Everyone needs a deep breath and some time off during deadlines - in work or creative work.

Julie in GA said...

It is so easy to get overwhelmed by trying to do too much, whether it is work, family or hobbies. Catch your breath and come back to your quilting refreshed.

thea said...

I was looking for the post last week, but mostly was worried about you because of the storms in OK. Glad you were able to get the things done that needed to be done.

Shay said...

I think you've had so much on your plate that a break to focus on things you had to get done was a really wise decision. It seems to have worked for you!

Lots going on over here ..Im afraid to stop in case my mojo disappears !

seabreezequilts said...

We all just need to say enough is enough some times, I have been doing it a bit lately myself and the blog is just not happening. Yesterday it did though and I have even done some sewing.