As 2010 draws to a close, I’ve spent time this week truly contemplating this past year and what a whirlwind it has been in many ways. I feel very blessed by my family, friends, and life in general. Does anyone else out there think TIME seems to fly by faster and faster with each passing year? Like many of you, I’ve enjoyed so many good times along with my share of lows, but I choose not to dwell on the sad times and instead focus on all the good things which came my way.
We took down all the Christmas decorations on Monday. It seemed rather “grinchy” on my part at the time — no one was really ready for the tree to come down so soon, but the practical side in me took over and for the sake of pure logistics (ie., everyone was home that day to help) it seemed like the most logical time to get the job done. As soon as all the decorations were boxed and returned to the attic, the house did seem rather cold and dreary. So Monday night I pulled out my box of January decorations and put up my collection of snowmen on the fireplace mantel. I began to wonder why I hadn’t put these cheery snow-fellas out last year, and then it hit me: DAH! We live in Florida now and snowmen, well, just don’t seem to belong. Somehow, snow and sand just don’t mix! With the sun shining brilliantly on Tuesday morning the whole idea of snowmen on my mantel seemed rather silly but they’re up now and I’ve determined to keep them on display until it is time to decorate for Valentine’s Day, regardless of how silly they seem.
As for quilting, although I have many projects I desperately need to work on and so much catching up to do (class samples to make, a few article deadlines, etc.) I just couldn’t seem to actually get started. After all, it’s been almost two months since I’ve actually sat at the machine to sew (Is that even possible? Sadly, yes…) After thinking about it for awhile and trying to decide why I was dragging my feet so much, I realized I was feeling very overwhelmed with just how unorganized and cluttered my desk, my sewing studio, and the storage areas with my stash and supplies had become. So yesterday I finally made up my mind “enough is enough.” I cleaned. I rearranged. I decluttered. I worked at it until amost 1am this morning. But, oh, it felt great to get everything in my studio organized.
You know those folks who are ultra-creative and work amidst piles of this and that strewn everywhere? Their work space is piled high with so much stuff and yet they create the most amazing things. Well, I’m not like that. I do my best creating when my work area is tidy and clean and everything is in its place. That doesn’t mean I don’t make a mess while I’m in the midst of creating. But I’m at my creative best when I begin with a clean slate. Aaaahhhhh. By the time I got to bed early this morning, order from chaos had been restored and all felt right with the world again. I had the best night of sleep I’ve had in ages last night and this morning I woke up refreshed and ready to begin.
So, rather than just contemplating a fresh start, I’m headed off to actually MAKE SOMETHING. Here’s to new beginnings. Here’s to a new year. Happy 2011, everyone!