I deal with a lot of guilt in life - what's that about. I live so aware of what other's think and so often find myself attempting to please man rather than God. Just writing that makes me twinge a bit, cause you might think less of me now *wink*. I know it's wrong and that I am fallen but forgiven; I have an audience of one, etc. While my brain knows the fact of it, I am trying to grow in practically living the truth of it.
What's that got to do with sewing?
Well, at counselling yesterday I was asked what I am planning for "self care" now that school had started and we are starting to get into a routine of sorts. One of the first things I thought of was sewing. I am shocked at the joy I get from sewing and I was telling Patti that I plan to sew with friends for a couple hours every other week. Her response? "Oh, that's wonderful! A creative outlet and time with friends - two GREAT ways to care for yourself!" That, my friends, is a paradigm shift.
See my tendency is to think that sewing every other week with friends is selfish and I could better spend my time doing housework of some kind (a.k.a marking something off my list). I am growing to learn that I can't have a list that is ONLY about me, but it is okay - no, important - to have myself on my list. Caring for myself will allow me to take better care of my family and the other responsibilities God has given me. So, I am giving myself a "Sew Pass"!!
altered photo from Controlling My Chaos
Disclaimer: Patti didn't stop with sewing as self care but made me dig a bit deeper and we came up with a list of five or six things that were necessary and would positively impact my personal and familial quality of life. It's hopeful, really.
What's up first? I have some precious knits that I can't wait to sew. There's the seasonal need for jammies and then there are a couple skirts and dresses I saw on Pinterest. Like this one:
or this one:
Here's the stash:
Little has informed me that the pink with brown polka dots will be her first pair of jammies and I have even found it on, under and beside my sewing machine on multiple occasions!
I really don't have anything planned for Bubba except for jammies. (I love when he comes out and sits on the porch with me while I sew.)
Then there's this little stack that's being transformed as we "speak":
And this bigger stack that is halfway complete:
Just looking at the pretty fabric and typing some plans makes my heart glad!!!
What do YOU DO for self care??
I'm off to do number ONE on my list - shower AND wash my hair!!!!!!