What does the moment say? It whispers: wake up. This time here is short. The mistaken mind that says we have all the time in the world but life can leave at anytime. Take the opportunity that’s been given to breathe and pay attention right now. (more…)
Over the past few months, I’ve been itching to get back up to speed with my Etsy shop, igottknits, which I started back in 2009. However, after taking the a position of full time magazine editor in 2010, I transitioned to selling my finished ready-to-wear garments and accessories instead of handkint patterns.
Back then, I didn’t have much time to pour into the shop simply because I was a new editor. I placed my energies on Creative Knitting magazine and my editor’s blog, Splendid Sticks. As a result, I allowed the shop to lie dormant for the past few years.
One day not too long ago, I said to my husband Jay: “I’d really like to start up my Etsy shop again.” His response: “yeah, ’cause you’ve got lots of time on your hands…not.” He was right, who was I kidding? I don’t have time for this. I’ve got my full time job, the Morning Cool Down podcast, and other projects on the burner. I can’t spread myself so thin.
Why should I have to make a choice? Does it need to be one or the other? Self-limiting beliefs and what others tell us we should do are what hold us back from greatness and possibility.
Why do we sell ourselves short based on thinking that may be faulty in the first place?
If you don’t take a chance on something, then you have no idea of the outcome– maybe it will be a success, or maybe it will be a failure.
Throw it upon the wall and see if it sticks? What’s the worst that could happen?
So that’s what I did and we’ll see how it goes…
Reviving igottnits on Etsy was a no-brainer. With projects living inside dark storage bins, it’s seems silly NOT do this.
It’s not like I have to slave over my knitting needles– I’m always knitting. When I was a city dweller, I found a way to knit while walking down the street, and my favorite morning activity was knitting while standing on the New York subway during rush hour. The longer the ride, the better!
While living in Florida, I never left my house without a project in tow. Getting stuck at a drawbridge was a regular daily occurrence. I used to get so excited, because that meant knitting time. Let me tell you, I got lots of knitting done back in those days.
The shop is a modest start, and I’m just enjoying the process. I’m currently shooting new photos of the designs that you’ll see over the next few weeks, and getting “matilda” my dress form up to snuff for the photo shoot.
Please stop by and let me know what you think of the new shop. Also…if there something special you’d like, I welcome custom orders. You can browse my past work and take your pick, or suggest something totally new. If you can dream it, I can make it! Please give these idle hands something to do 🙂
Allowing ourselves to be led astray by shiny objects leads to scattered nothingness.
Over the past decade or so, Adult Deficit Disorder (ADD) has become a new phenomenon. I personally believe this is the result of the world we live in today with all its distractions and the seduction of shiny objects.
I’m a victim like the rest of us. So let me paint a picture of two typical scenarios that I’ve personally encountered:
#1: The weekend is here!
Finally, I can spend time baking, knitting for hours on end, blogging…and engage in quality family time and exercise. By the time Sunday evening rolls around, I realize not all my plans were realistic.
#2: Typical morning before my 8-5 job
The alarm goes off at 4:30am. My first plan is to sit in meditation for about twenty minutes, then I take a look at my to do list, and I’ve got three big items on my list: write blog post, begin editing a podcast and interact online with community. I’ve got two hours to make all of this happen! However, I’m lucky if one big thing gets checked off the list.
Problem— overly optimistic about the time I actually have. As a result, a sense of personal failure is the result.
Solution— discovering this problem has become a useful tool, because I’ve been forced to take a hard look at my time. I plot out the weekends loosely with “anchor activities” (see below). I start the precious two hours before my work day with meditation and one task, which takes a bunch of discipline on my part because by nature I’m an over-planner.
I enjoy the act of planing. I love both digital and paper planners and I’m addicted to finding the right system. It all looks so perfect when I plot out my day. This is a “failure to launch” tendency that I’ve discovered in myself, so I try to be mindful when this behavior creeps in.
I realize the act of over-planning is the result of not knowing what those key activities should actually be. This all or nothing “throwing it on the wall and seeing if it sticks” approach is not very effective.
With the weekend coming fast, you may like the idea of planning those anchor activities mentioned above, as Laura Vanderkam suggests in What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. The way to do this is to map out about three key activities that you’d like to do from Friday night to Sunday evening. The goal is not to go to extremes by mapping out every hour, or be too loose and not plan at all. I highly recommend checking our the book here. It’s a quick and easy read. Also, click here to check out the latest Morning Cool Down episode with Laura!
The predicament is wanting way too much.
The new idea, the best new thing. Just as we create some traction in one direction, we see something new, jump for it, but then make what we’ve been striving for come to a halt. John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire says it best with his acronym:
FOCUS= Follow One Course Until Success.
Do you struggle with following the newest, latest and greatest thing? Do you experience problems seeing your goals come to reality? Share your story, and how you pushed through and accomplished your goal. Let’s begin the conversation!
My usual routine each morning is– start the coffee, knit, listen to some of my favorite podcasts and then move on to my morning meditation. My intention is to nurture myself and find that authentic connection before moving into my day.
I plan and plot each moment of my morning routine each evening, setting a specific time even for the “nurturing activities.”
I write a task list for what I will accomplish the next morning from the time I wake up until the time I need to start getting ready for work. Doing the things plotted on my list the night before is good discipline, but what if I feel pulled in another direction? What if that direction is to do something else that makes me excited and filled with purpose? I thought that was the idea of what living on purpose is all about?
Allow the river of “what is” to flow within.
The first time I heard the phrase “live on purpose” it was after reading it in a Wayne Dyer book, which he also refers to as “connecting to your source.” This is that time when you lose track of time and space because you’re doing what sets you on fire. This is when we are at our happiest, so how sad to miss these spontaneous moments because we wouldn’t dare diverge from the things we “should” do.
At the end of the day, the whole idea of this morning time that I’ve given to myself is to use it as a way to connect to that voice that Rumi whispers in this quote, which hangs on my wall:
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.”
To authentically do what comes natural in the moment is to invite the mystery of the moment to unfold with total acceptance and
Honoring our authentic calling is intuitive, but maybe we fight it because the world tells us to focus on the to do’s because today’s a busy day and we must stay on task or else…we’re a failure. The real failure is ignoring the wisdom that tells us to focus on what’s right in front of us and it’s usually screaming loud and clear. Our inner-calling is the voice that we should not ignore and it’s task #1 to pay attention.
Last night, as I was just about to turn off the “devices,” I stumbled upon this post, by Adam McLane. My plan was to start winding things down for bed, but instead I felt so energized to write. Adam’s post really spoke to me. It felt as if this was crafted just for me and my chaotic and at times, scattered mind.
What really appealed to me most about this post, is that Adam has a lifestyle like I do– he has only a few hours each morning to write and without fail, must ship his blog posts no later than 8am to be BISAW. (butt in seat at work) He practices a morning habit each day that entails start his post at 7:00 am, and pressing publish by 8:00 am. That means he must write, edit, create artwork, and promote the post on his social networks all in one hour!
I love the idea of racing the clock, because it creates a sense of urgency and momentum. The fact that something worthwhile is finished in one hour is satisfying, but the reason I don’t ship in this way each morning, it because it’s not perfect. It’s 4:52 am, and I wonder, it possible to push publish by 5am even if it’s not perfect.
The Thrill of the Chase
Embracing the idea of imperfection is liberating, and the exercise of writing and publishing a blog post each morning is the practice of this. The idea of pushing that publish button in one hour no matter what is scary and exciting at the same time. It’s like opening a vein for all to see. Did I say something silly, is there a typo in this post? Maybe, but it’s a practice on #whydoicaresomuch.
As I write this, I’m reminded me one of my “insanaknitting” sessions when I suddenly decide that I should make a knitted gift for a named recipient within 24 hours. It’s crazy, but of course that’s what makes it a challenge. There’s this part of me that wants to see just how fast I can actually knit a cowl with my super-human knitting powers. wonder what it is about the thrill of the chase that makes it so exciting.
Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS)
A few months ago I started something called The Morning Cool Down podcast, which I’m totally loving by the way! However, I’ve got a disorder that you may be familiar with, it’s called Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS). I’ve got 1 of 3 ebooks in the works, and I want to post to my blog, write the ebook and upload the podcast all in one morning. I seem to fall short every day because I someone believe I can do it all, and I’m convinced I still can.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to plan each morning with ONE main objective each morning, but there’s a huge blockage, because I just can’t be satisfied with this approach. There’s a really big wall that I just can’t accept or get past. I get up each morning thinking that time is somehow finite and I have all the time I need if I just use one Pomodoro at a time.
I like to believe in the concept of the 15 minute mentality of just doing one thing for 15 minutes, then moving on, but I’m also a Brian Tracy advocate, who has always preached the “single handle” approach which means do ONE thing until completion. Then of course even more reinforcements come from John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire who’s acronym is:
and look at the wild success he’s made for himself.