If you can believe it, today is the last Monday in August so I’m here to check in with my word of the year, Surrender. Thank you to Carolyn for hosting this merry band of One Little Worders. She does such a beautiful job of creating a space for us to gather and to encourage us all along the way. Please visit her blog and the other writers reflecting on their words this month.
I have been feeling the itch to do all the things again. I’ve been wanting to pull out my fall cross stitching projects, sit down at my sewing machines, knit everything in my Ravelry queue, and read every book that crosses my path. I’ve started a new batch of sourdough starter and a large part of me sincerely believes that I’m going to start making a loaf of bread every single day. I’ve baked muffins, cookies, and cakes almost daily over the last few weeks.
And in the midst of all of this frenetic energy, I’ve been reminding myself why I “pruned my branches” back in March. That’s when I wrote about taking away complicating factors so that I could create a more clear and beautiful structure for my day. I’ve also been thinking about 4000 Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, a book that reinforced the message that no one can ever do everything they want. Back in March, I surrendered so many of my interests and decided to focus on knitting and reading in the colder months and gardening in the warmer months. It made a huge difference in my life and things have felt more manageable for quite a while.
But every once in a while… I get a little glimpse of a FlossTube video that makes it so tempting to pull out some of the projects I have in the works. Or I think about the beautiful precision of scrappy piecework and all of the bright and cheerful fabric that I’ve collected.
But I’ve tried to resist the pull to spread myself so thin. I’m working on my FOMO (fear of missing out) and trying to be okay with not doing everything. I surrender to the fact that I cannot do every single activity that interests me, despite desperately wanting to have a house filled with cross stitch projects and quilts in every corner. I am working towards a cozy simplicity, not only in home décor but also in the rhythm of my day. I don’t want to rush from project to project and see no progress anywhere. How many times have I seriously considered trying to get by on 2-3 hours of sleep a night just so that I could get more stitching done? A lot. And it’s never worked out well.
So deep breath. Reading and knitting, gardening in the warmer months, that’s my new mantra. No matter how much other things call to me!
The season is clearly shifting and so are my interests. Writing today’s post was so helpful for me and allowed me to solidify my priorities as we head into the cozy season. I surrender: it’s all so beautiful and I don’t have to create it all. It’s okay to admire from afar while not investing myself in any of it. And it feels good to sharpen my focus and think about what I can achieve with a narrower scope.
How are you doing with the shift in seasons? Are you finding yourself drawn into the cozier side of life? Or are you holding on to summer with all of your might? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
(And my sourdough starter is off to the races and I’m totally going to bake a loaf of bread every single day 😉)