Saturday, 2 May 2015

"What is your biggest hurdle?"

How do you spend your morning commute? I have recently been listening to podcasts - I just can't seem to get enough of them. Lately, I have started working my way through the archives of The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry and one episode in particular hooked my attention. 

Todd chatted with Jeff Goins about his latest book. The conversation about finding your thing in life, your calling if you will, was interesting but there was a question towards the end that I've been pondering for a while since hearing it: 
Struggle
That question is applicable to every part of life: work, personal battles, family, relationships, exercise and healthy living etc. It also applies to hobbies. I could list a lot of things I find difficult or wish I could overcome with sewing and blogging but I don't really class them as a big hurdle or a struggle - I just need to practice or research them. However, I do have an answer for both.

Sewing: time. Put simply, I do not have enough time to make all of the projects I would like or to learn all of the things I want at the speed I would like. This where I got the idea of sewing before work and I am having fun trying to figure out how to make life a little more efficient while actively building in relaxation and rest. It is definitely an interesting challenge! 

Blogging: the fear of taking the next step. Now that sounds grand, doesn't it? It's actually rather smaller as I don't have plans to change the focus of this blog. I do wonder if I could grow this little corner of the internet in some way though. The struggle comes from many questions that stack on top of each other: what direction? Will my next series be any good? Will you come back if I made changes? And the cycle continues... I'm waiting to see where my thoughts settle. 

How about you? Would you be willing to share your biggest hurdle or struggle in sewing and/or blogging? If so, leave a comment below or drop me a email. 

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  1. I agree with you 100% that my biggest struggle with sewing is time. Specifically, quality time. Technically I have an hour or two during the evenings after work, but I'm so exhausted that I never actually get anything done! My only quality sewing time comes during the weekend, and I try to squeeze in sewing and blogging between my errands and other obligations. It's a challenge! Good luck as you continue to think about these questions, both with respect to sewing/blogging and other aspects of your life. I think it's a great exercise.

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    1. Great point - quality time is key. I think we can all relate to that after work feeling and weekends become all the more precious.

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  2. I can totally understand you, for as much as I`d love to spend more quality time sewing more projects,
    I come back from work drained of energy but sometimes try to squeeze in a little baking that I love.
    Now I wake up early 5am, and start sewing after breakfast when I`m alert and composed, except I need a morning free for cutting out a garment to avoid pressure of going off to work, so I leave it for the weekend. If you love to do something I believe one will find the time to do it, one has to adjust.

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    1. Yes, I've found trying to do more in the morning works although I haven't got to the stage where I am up at 5am! I think you are right, if you love it enough, you'll find a way to make it work.

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  3. Interesting question. I'd agree that time is a factor, but I'd say that self management is my biggest hurdle. I've written recently about wanting to buy all the fabrics, and the same applies for patterns. I need to come up with some way to manage my plans, my expectations, my desires, my stash and my time.

    Re my blog, I think it's lack of confidence. I'd like to grow my blog too, but I really suffer a crisis of confidence in terms of how, where it should go, and my ability to follow through. I don't think k I have the ability or creativity to do any more than I currently do.

    Thanks for sharing! X

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    1. Confidence is a big part of my internal debate too and hence not turning too quickly in one direction. Good luck with finding a way to manage everything - I'm sure you'll eventually find something that works for you.

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  4. I agree with Carolyn above; it's not only time, but rather quality time that I lack. I often feel bad if I don't do anything when I get back home from work, but I am so tired that I don't feel like sewing. I want to enjoy every minute of my hobby, and if I start crafting even though I don't feel like it it would eventually become a burden. I'm happy being a slow maker at the moment!

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    1. I agree - the burden/chore feeling around your hobby is one to be avoided. I would just like to find a way to fit more of it in!

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  5. Great question Claire. My biggest sewing hurdle is definitely my dislike for cutting out fabric. I suppose it's because it means I'm 'committing' fabric to a particular project once I've cut it out - something I've realised as I've typed this comment.

    Self-doubt and perfectionism are my biggest blogging hurdles. I stop myself from posting because I think that I must to have good pictures; or the post I wrote a while ago isn't relevant any more so I better not post it. Silly really. Perhaps I feel pressure because of the 'professionalism' that I see in some other blogs. Oh well. I really need to take that pressure off myself and just blog as I see fit. It is MY blog after all :)

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