Lately, as you have all noticed, I have not been blogging much. This has several causes, family problems, health and last but not least the 'what should be done first'.
Do you all know this? First your greens, then the pudding? First the dreary stuff, then the lovely things as a reward. This is how I have been raised. And this is how I have continued in life. You do the things you 'must' first to be then rewarded with the nice stuff.
However... I am noticing more and more that by the time you get to 'the nice stuff', there are more 'must do' things on the list. As a friend I had not talked to for a while asked, I stopped and realized that I had effectively not sewn for years. Even though it is what I want to do, even though it makes me happy.
(wouldn't you like to go surfing in the old VW bus?... I would! but that would be classified as 'pudding':-)
So when I saw this article this morning on Kim Werker's blog titled " How To Be Prolific: Guidelines For Getting It Done From Joss Whedon", my interest was peaked! She refers to Joss (writer-producer-director)Whedon's interview HERE, in which he explains how he gets so much done.
And guess what? He eats the pudding first!! (so to speak). When he is really enthousiastic about something, he does it straight away. Whilst the idea is still current, still exciting and he is still able to use that enthousiasm and drive to create the best work. THEN he does the rest and knows that once he has dragged his way through the drudge, the end is near.
This is a revolutionary idea (well, to me anyhow). As translating this to my quilting, it means that I have had lots of ideas I have been totally enthousiastic about. I can see how they could work... if only I had the time... and I don't have the time, as I spend all my time dragging my way through the drudge... and I won't sew till it's all done... Well guess what dear readers, it's dawning on me it will never get done... And however much I need the time to find work, clear up in the house, look after everyone etc, surely some time can be found to do something I love? (without having to feel quilty about it) And what's more, act on it when I get that spark of an idea and it is still fresh and exciting!
What's more... when I DO sew, it's for swaps and bees I have committed myself to (be it willingly :-). (btw, the charity blocks for the Siblings Together Quilt are rolling in, I will show you soon!) rather than the things I feel that instant spark for. I STILL have the pattern and fabric for a couple of quilts I did not get to and was really enthousiastic about. My son's quilt I promised him a year ago is still not done. I have so many ideas...
Maybe... just maybe I should do some more blogging? reconnect with friends? sew on some of the ideas I have that I am wildly enthousiastic about but had to be shelved ? (whilst I see many of my friends actually carrying out these ideas, often ones I have had myself independently and am thinking... that could have been me...)
What do you all think. Pudding first or Pudding after?
I am curious to what your opinions are!! Please comment!
I'll be waiting for you input whilst I am busy with the main meal :-)
What Lifting Has Taught Me
10 months ago