is about embracing humanity, not chasing perfection. A balance of accepting flaws and mistakes, striving to improve while redefining perfection.
I use my minutes in between,
those slivers of time that fall through our hands, while we wait, and wait, and wait, and wait. An awful lot of waiting in this world!
Those unknown minutes can't be planned, so often we sit and stew--and I don't mean make soup--we get angry, frustrated, sad--something like that. I'm far from perfect, but I stopped making that "stew"--or better said, when I realize I'm starting to make it--I stop myself and refocus as best I can at that time. Yes, sometimes emotions help us greatly, while other times they slow us down--which can be a good thing, if we realize there is a deeper message we should look for at that time.
This little cat, is actually a grown cat with a tiny head and large eyes. Her name is Muffins. Yes, plural. She might think she is a pirate's parrot, cause she likes to hangout on the shoulder of my kid (who is kinda a gr'up himself). And yes, she makes me sneeze. Wish I wasn't allergic, but I am. I can pretend I'm not allergic, but my itchy eyes and cough aren't falling for that story.
Doesn't embrace imperfection and Spring Cleaning fit perfectly? Spring Cleaning is a great ritual, get out the dust and stuff that is slowing us down. Well, "Perfection" definitely slows us down. So as you go out--take at look at nature--look for both the imperfect and the perfect. Rather than my telling you what you should see in nature, I challenge you to go forth and observe nature yourself.
is knowing that my I dare you to tell that azalea bush that it needs to be both is beautifully full of flowers AND have no pollen that affects my eyes.
Maybe it's a productivity hack--well, maybe those two words are so overused, that they keep us from being productive and creative--but there are certain battles that I don't fight,
I've got a lot to do and it's probably better that I show you what something is, rather than talk about it.
So right now, my minutes in between
(MIB--not Men in Black) are running out, time to go do some awesomely great stuff, oh and some awesomely simple stuff too.
While trying to improve myself, live an honorable life and have a smile or two along the way, I like to have a smile while I have deep thoughts, it's my way of being a rebel.
If you are reading this and don't see any connection to spring cleaning, and want some concrete ideas--let me start with:
C-Clarify what your purpose is (not that of your space, I know, this is harder)
- how do you want to live your days?
- who and what is important to you?
- why is that?
O-observe your situations--yes plural, life is not simple...
- families (by birth or choice)
- jobs, and obligations
- your life is your life, so I can't tell you how to observe it, sorry!
N-NO, no, no, NO
Practice saying that word, for no reason. Did you ever realize that if you are ON, that's NO backwards?
When you are ON a mission, it's easier to say No to a request that will pull you off your mission. Just saying!
C--C is for cookie...
Isn't that what we learned in Sesame Street? Seriously, this is not a joke--Be on the lookout for cookies that will tempt you but not give you the sustenance you need for your journey in life--eat breakfast, and get some protein and produce with your meals, and enjoy a cookie as a treat, not a meal. Also, aren't those childhood songs deeply implanted in our minds? I like to make acronyms like "concrete" for different topics--so that in times when I don't have my notes, I can tell a story--like my More FUN, Less Stress--Manage Your Mess talk uses "ELBOW SPACE". That way I can pretty much do that talk on the fly if asked, because I already planted "clues" in the words.
This sounds like a secret, why am I telling you? If my tips and tricks help you do positive stuff for our earth and the people of this planet, well--doesn't that help me as well? I understand that this flies in the face of some business practices.
I am impressed that I am seeing some businesses pop up like the Pirch
. Here is my imperfect audio recording (not yet transcribed, but next on my list of transcriptions to have typed up--my apologies that this is not closed captioned/accessible; also there are a set of 6 individual audio recordings, you may have to click the advance button to hear the next one.
When you are cleaning your space, beware of the tempting treats--and ask if they are applicable in your current space and in your studio. Yes, we are not talking cookies now, but we are talking the icing on the cake stuff, the specialty tool for the thing you don't want to do more of--or items that you have collected because like cookies, they are irresistible.
R--repeat, I know it "Bears Repeating", but I didn't want to leave you at CONC, so I leave you at CONCR--sounds better to end a post at with conquer than with conk. I'll be back later and we can ETE IDEAS, but now I'm going to have an apple and peanut butter.
Much like reading a book--we get life in bits and pieces. It's not perfect--no,no, much better than perfect is real. Thanks for being real, we are all too busy to be fake, so I am humbled and honored to share real experiences with you.
These images below are part of my story too. When I first wrote this I didn't have time to complete, so I left these images as my hints for this story that I am telling you. I wish you sunshine and joy.
Realize that life is not a fairytale. Seriously, I couldn't stop at CONC earlier--and repeating is important--but R really, stands for Realize
it's not a fairytale, in fact it's Real Life
. Real life has limited time, and Resources
, when the illusion of perfection is pulled away, things get done.
Experts and Experience
There is a balance between outsourcing a task and having a broad knowledge. I believe in a balance--if I outsource all sewing and cooking, I never learn the survival skill of sewing on a button; or to make a basic grill cheese sandwich. You don't need to be perfect to be able to do either of these. However, there are times to call in the experts--I teach at shops, not at my home for the expert experience--their business takes into account accessibility needs, they sell products, repair machines etc--that's in their business model-- not mine, but I don't need to do it all myself in order to create a good experience.
I am using a new app--that I used for the recording above, and I know that it's not a podcast, but it's better than my recording straight to my phone's voice recorder.
This uses a new app called Anchor
. I use this tool, but it's not a podcast--someday I dream of a podcast tool that I can use--pick up like a pencil and start drawing--sorry in my life if a tool isn't intuitive, I just move on. I'm sure that a great podcast tool will be available, until then I will just continue creating my recordings--and on a rare occasion, like this one--share it with you on my blog.
I have no desire to create my own tool, honestly I would love to have more than 2 minutes a recording--so I tricked the tool by responding to my own recordings, so my original 2 minutes, grows to 7.
2+1+1+1+1+1 = 7
Yes, that equation may not seem important in the experts/experience area--but it's to symbolize that things do add up. Your experiences are not always separate and unique, they can form a larger and more auspicious
something. In setting a good example for the world, I
stopped intend to stop
misspelling words for my own amusement--(imperfection is spelled impurrfection, in my cat graphic).
I do love that the word auspicious
, starts with the awe sound--much like awesome
One of my upcoming releases to the world is USA--Unconditional State of Awe--yes, it's fabric art. Donating to the Quilts of Valor Foundation
, I'm listed among some pretty big* names in the quilting world. *I gotta say with a name like Morusiewicz, I'm pretty comfortable with "big names".
Is it Time?
--I got word that I'm a finalist in the sew myself doll challenge--I'll let you know when I know!
Be You and Be Awesome!
Check out these other spring cleaning blog hoppers too!
April 20th- Toni Smith – http://www.quiltoni.com/tonis-blog.html/
April 21st – Sam Hunter – https://huntersdesignstudio.com/
April 22nd – Tracy Mooney – http://www.sewsupportive.com/
April 23rd – Pepper Cory – http://peppercory.blogspot.com/
April 24th – Lisa Chin – http://somethingcleveraboutnothing.blogspot.com/
April 25th – Andrea Davis – http://www.sewtofit.com/
April 26th – Misty Cole – http://www.mistycole.com/blog/
April 27th – Amalia Morusiewicz – http://funfromatoz.com/
April 28th – Jenelle Montilone – http://trashn2tees.blogspot.com/
April 29th – Cheryl Sleboda – http://blog.muppin.com
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