Friday, August 5, 2016

What's your passion?

I've pretty much caught up on the machine quilting and binding of all the projects I have written about. Hurry for me. What this also means is that I've been taking a break from quilting and ... catching up on my reading.

I don't know why, but I find it difficult to balance work with other activities that I enjoy, like reading and journaling. Seems I put a lot of pressure on myself to get samples done for the shoppe. Sigh!

Life is a balancing act and sometimes I'm not well balanced .... leaning way to much towards the work side. So this summer, I've taken upon myself to sit and read a book at least an hour a day. It's been a great summer .... much to nice to be sitting indoors with the a/c on, thus making it easy for me to keep to my goal.

A book I enjoyed tremendously was Big Magic - Creative living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love, which I have not read)

I loved it!  Just what I needed!

In a nut shell, it is about creating for the sake of creating. Does everything you create have to have a purpose? Must make money for you? If you enjoy writing, write ... who cares if it gets published or not! What is important is that you are enjoying the process!  And if you want to publish your work, do so!

There is a quote that struck a cord with me. In finding your passion, the question is not, "what are you passionate about?" But more like "What are you passionate enough about that you are willing to endure the most disagreeable aspect of the work?" That's the part I'm stuck on!

One thing I know for sure is that I am passionate about my quilt shoppe Fibre Junction, however I am also passionate about life. I am curious by nature. I learned that I needed to not only set boundaries between creating for Fibre and creating for myself, but to maintain those boundaries.

I enjoy reading and journaling, something I had not done in a very long time. Happily, I've picked it back up and enjoying every minute of it.

What are you passionate about? Are you living a balanced life?

Thank you for stopping by my little corner in cyber space! Cheers!


WoolenSails said...

That is the way I am thinking lately, I am just creating and experimenting and spending some time exploring the different sides of my creativity.


Natural Home Maker said...

I am stopping by from Girl Gab. I'm Marjean sister#308 from MJF. I decided this year to simplify my life and not worry about my Etsy business. I cut out TV and that opened up my world. I'm so happy now and I can actually sit down and think about other things and just talk with my DH.

I have begun a journey of making my own goal setting planner. Writing down everything I want to accomplish and then setting out to tackle them one by one. It feels really good to see what I can accomplish in a short time.

I'll be back to see what you write about next.

Thimbleanna said...

My comment disappeared! I'm passionate about seeing of any kind but struggle to do it if it doesn't have a purpose. I don't want a bunch of stuff lying around - I already have too much of that LOL. I guess that's why I don't make many wall quilts - mostly bed quilts for me. Thanks for a insightful post!

Chookyblue...... said...

we are constantly pulled in different directions.......we just have to do what we can manage..........just not enough time for me to do all I want to do........

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