This is a quick post today reflecting on something I shared via Instagram earlier this week. Amy from Amy’s Creative Side is hosting a month long photo challenge on Instagram called #IGQuiltFest to bring the quilting community together there. A prompt for earlier this week was “Best Tip Ever” and I shared this graphic:
A wise man once told my husband, “Don’t let your highs be too high and your lows be too low.” The gentleman is a blue collar machinist and had mastered a zen of living and working in today’s high paced society that we talk about almost daily since he shared this wisdom.
I like to think of this in terms of creating. There are going to be natural bursts of creativity and creation followed by lulls and periods of rest and recovery. Don’t let social media fool you: this happens with everyone. I just spent over a month working on only one project. It’s ok. We all need to recharge and take care of our full selves. Let’s honor the full process and in so doing, the tension and fear of the cresting wave won’t pull us under.
I’ll repeat: I’ve been on a bit of a slow making, low ebb part of the normal cycle myself, and it is OK. While making a quilt a week (or more) is exciting, it can also be exhausting.
How do you create self-care as part of your routine above and beyond creating and quilting? Are there things that help you feel relaxed and at peace with the natural ebb and flow of life?