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Friday, May 31, 2013







If you have noticed me being a little bit quiet and yet even a little bit quieter still lately - these pictures give a little peek as to what I have been doing - even the self-portrait, I have had to do a little of that too. Some of you may know, or remember that I have been working on an endeavor I signed up for back in April (how does that feel so long ago and yet time has gone by all too quickly at the same time?!). It's been an experience and the time is approaching where preparing for it ends and seeing what will come of all of it begins.

At first I though getting 225 (potentially, 225 - that's the goal/max) pillows ready to be customized for the sale sounded difficult but that's actually been my solace, it's all the computer-geekery, like creating forms, setting up my online shop and writing blurbs about what I do that have proven, shall we say, not my strong suit. (In all fairness setting up the shop was something I procrastinated on for over a year and when I wished I had it done already, well, it wasn't. Note to self: remember procrastinating is dumb). I have been a bundle of nerves worrying about that one-week-to-go mark, which officially begins tomorrow. Mostly because I have been writing a new a to-do lists at least 6 times everyday and seem to keep putting the same things on the lists, over and over again. And to attempt to get through my lists I have been placating my kids with unlimited ipad time and bowls of ice cream. Of course they think that's great. And now that the day is dawning I feel relieved in a it will be whatever it's going to be sort of thing.

And today was a bit of a turning point and I got to cross off a good portion of my list (which is what i kept telling myself would happen "self" i'd say "there is going to be a day when you look at your list and you will cross a bunch of stuff off it). What can I say? I was right. Now I am getting excited to see what is on the other side of preparing for this endeavor. I am nervous too of course (but I won't go into the tailspin my brain can go into on that front. It's not fun nor is it productive). But I guess with all that I am back where I started - a fun little cocktail of nervousness and excitement. I have no idea when things will resume normally around here, or in general, but I'm excited for that too.

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  1. Oh my dear! I feel that bundle of excitement for you! I have a friend whose ex husband was working on his PhD while they were married and the best thing she got out of that relationship (aside from their daughter) was the sage adage, "Sometimes "done" is better than "good."

    Oh yeah. And yet, for you and this? I can't help but thinking it's all good. So proud of you girl. XOXO

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    1. oh, i am so to the point. especially because done probably is good, or good enough. and for me done is the best word in the whole world right now ;) ps i so needed that "oh honey" yesterday xoxoxo

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  2. Oh wow! What an amazing feeling. I love how you described it too: a fun little cocktail of nervousness and excitement. :)

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  3. You know, Christine, if we are going to pursue our dreams, we need a little bit of craziness too, because it's part of the courage we have to gather if we really want to go for making them true. The best of luck!
    Ada

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    1. i seem to have the crazy part mastered lately. but i will remember that when i am feeling a little overwhelmed by it all. sage words. xo

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  4. I loathe the repeating to do list, I always feel like if I took the time to put it on the list for today it could have the respect to get itself done. Sadly that is not how it works. I wish you all the best with your to dos. I can't wait for the unveiling of your endeavor!

    Cheers.

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    1. ha, yes i wish writing it down meant it would be magically done. that would be pretty great :)

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  5. That is so exciting! Your endeavor sounds and looks amazing...can't wait to see and hear more about it!

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  6. So proud of you, twinsy. So, so happy you're plowing, err, stitching your way through everything. I obviously understand the little bit of silence around here, I mean look at that finished pile! You go girl. Only you could make stressful deadlines look as chic as you have (and with ice cream to boot!). I can't wait to see the result of all your hard work and labor. I used to tell myself this little tidbit of advice when I was in college and sweating a giant deadline, let's say the due date was a Friday: "It will be Saturday at some point." Which means that the day was going to come, and it was going to go, and that's all there was to it. It would at some point be the day after the big deadline and the stress would be gone, because it cosmically had to. That's how the world works, the days change. So it made the big scary deadline seem a lot less scary because it was just ONE DAY that would eventually pass. And that really helped me! I hope it helps you a bit, too. If not, more ice cream! :) xoxo

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    1. aw, shucks, thanks :) you are right this is will be over and you know i will probably look fondling back. it usually feels waaay better after you have worked really hard than when you are doing it. no matter how it pans out i am sure i'll walk away with that. but i will have a little more ice cream just for good measure xoxo!

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  7. 225 pillows? Holy shiz! Well, best of luck to you! I hope all of your hard work pays off and the fruits of your labor are, well, fruitful :D I hope you get through your list, but I guess it doesn't really feel like 'work' when you're doing something you love, right?

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  8. That little heart is soo cute, your blog is just lovely by the ways, keep up the good work :)

    http://www.thedandrea.com/
    x

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  9. I'm pumped to see the fruits of your labor - you invested so much effort into it that I'm sure the result will be wonderful. Go you!

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  10. Loved your self-portrait! I have been routing for you all the way Christine, and like Rooth, I can't wait to see the fruits of your labour! As a compulsive list maker, I totally agree with your approach (there is nothing better than that feeling of crossing off an item on an almighty to-do list)! Good luck on the final leg and keep us posted if and when you can!?

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  11. You have been accomplishing so much these past few months! I cannot wait to see the finished product :) I know it will pay off!

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  12. Oh, this is all reminding me of the days when I had my stationery company. There was plenty of stitching and embroidery and cutting and assembling. Like your beautiful wares, it was all lovingly made by hand. I bet it feels so good to cross things off your list (I'm a compulsive list maker too!), look out over your production table, and see all that you've accomplished/created. (Shoot, I feel good for you! ;) Not to mention, your hard working hands. If there's an equivalent reward of ice cream for your hands, make sure they get it. ;) Cheering for you over here. Go, Christine!

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  13. Christine, you've been a busy bee! I definitely need a day of "Self- cross a bunch of stuff of your list today".

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  14. Thank you for sharing this thought provoking post

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