I'm juggling projects right now in the studio, and having a total blast! On the ironing board are three stacks of patchwork squares for a gift I'm making and a large sheet of scrappy patchwork for a quilt project I've started. On the easel is a fresh drawing of a fairy just waiting for a watercolor wash. And on my desk next to my computers and oracle cards are bags of old t shirts waiting to be turned into t shirt yarn. This evening I discovered a longarm quilter who is going to help me finish up my stack of quilts. And I am already working on holiday gifts because making things for family and friends has become one of my favorite aspects of this time of year.
I just started reading HeatherAsh Amara's latest book, Awaken Your Inner Fire and my new motto is to do everything with a sense of calm. I believe that quiet strength is so honorable and am trying to apply a new Zen attitude to my days. The other afternoon I created a chart of things that were to be completed every day, with boxes to check off. I've been doing a ton of soul searching and trying to set some goals. My friend reminded me how regimented it can feel to have a plan for each day, and I'm already feeling stifled by my new chart. I may get more done when I track and plan how to spend time, but time is my greatest commodity and I want it to be full of passion!
The other night I got a Lavender aromatherapy roll on, and every time I put the oil on it is a reminder of my new vision. Lavender is soothing and helps to calm your energy. I've started to notice those times when stress gets the better of me...stuck in rush hour traffic, when I'm in the kitchen and things don't go according to plan, when I worry too much or fret about things I cannot control.
It's not what you do in life that is most important, but how you do it that really makes a difference. And while I may have tons of projects going at one time I'm feeling grounded, calm and standing in my power as a creative woman with a whole lot of inspiration and all the time in the world to see my vision through. I'm so thankful for this time in my life, as an artist there is nothing more beautiful than when you run with your ideas and let inspiration take the lead.