I always have a million projects in various stages of progress, but also I tend to get an awful lot done. I think we all do, but many of us feel like we don’t get enough done. I am one of those people – always feeling like I should have gotten more accomplished in a day, week, month, year…
But, certain things can remind you of just how much progress you make with things – I find keeping a notebook, or a photography account of all that you do, or all that you are working on, really helps as a reminder.
I often look at my Instagram and think WOW – that was a busy year! And then I look at all the different art projects that I have finished and it makes me feel great.
I bring something to do with me not only on long trips by car, plane, boat or train, but even from upstairs to downstairs in my own home. It’s just this funny habit I have of carrying around something with me in the event that before I go to sleep I decide I want to knit a little, or if while watching a movie, I might want to spin a bit of yarn. I have this bag I carry things upstairs and downstairs in.
When I travel by anything other than car, I tend to really enjoy bringing along one of my long term projects – my Beekeeper’s Quilt – and I knit hexipuffs for it because they are small and easy to carry everywhere with me.
It has been to a lot of places with me – all along the east coast of the United States and the east coast of Canada.
I also tend to keep my hands busy on car trips, and I am lucky enough to have had some kind of folding or portable spinning wheel that allows me to spin in the car while the husband is driving. I find it breaks up the monotony on those not-so-interesting sections of long drives.
I also tend to do a lot of travelling in order to knit, or work on things, especially in nice weather. It’s one of the most relaxing things in the world for me to work outside on my projects in some nice location. Here’s one of my favourite:
This month has been an interesting project on living within my means deeply, as well as living with minimums. It started with money – we decided we would spend very meagrely after embarking on home ownership to be able to replenish some savings, setup the emergency fund, and have a security blanket in case of any disasters. That has been okay actually. I find that I don’t do a lot of shopping anyhow. I haven’t been to a mall for anything other than banking in longer than I can remember. I am just no longer the mall type. Most of my shopping is thrifting, online and now yard saling. It’s just more challenging and fun…actually feels like an activity instead of a zombification of consumerism. I like old stuff, stuff that needs work, stuff that meant something to someone at some time and will eventually mean a lot to me. Beyond just money, I have been living meagrely in terms of creation, creativity and hobbies. That has been the biggest challenge. I have left myself only the basics for everyday living – 2 knitting projects, 1 basket of fibre …I spin a little bit of it into the same yarn in progress every day….a couple of books, 1 book of word puzzles. I have only about 10-12 outfits which are not currently packed. I think that not having a vast studio to pull inspiration from is the most challenging part of all of this. I have been drawing a lot of mental pictures for what my new house will become and I scare myself a little when I think about the big projects I want to take on. But, I do have a sense of ‘all things come in time’ and you make little improvements as you are able to.
This has been a whirlwind few years for me which I don’t see stopping any time soon…and that feels great. I have so many personal goals to achieve for myself, my body, my business and my family. Things are going to just get more amazing.
If I am a little quiet over the next month or so, it’s because I am getting situated in a new home, and a new life to prepare to make this space, and myself, the best version it can be.