Friday, February 28, 2014

The Proper Place For Crafting

I've been thinking about the items I put on my to do list.   About what I feel I have to do versus what I really need to do.  Projects, crafts, decorations, ideas, scrapbook pages, blog posts, when do these things stop becoming things we choose to do and become things that we have to do.  I had a list a mile long of projects and ideas I wanted to accomplished.  I was feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with how little I was accomplishing in that department.  But why was I/am I stressing about things that are not things I have to do.
So, I have decided I'm swiping these things off my to do this.  They need to be put in their proper place, they are extras in my life right now.  They should not cause me stress.

I've even taken scrapbooking off my to do list.  As long as I'm recording stories and taking pictures, I can put those in a book later. 

I have been experimenting with these thoughts for a few weeks now and I'm loving the way I feel.  It really is quite freeing to let go, to put things in there proper place.

And as my to do list has become shorter, my time to spend with the most important people in my life has increased.  I feel more space for relationships, more space to connect, more space to chat and play.  More space to parent well, to rest well, to manage the day to day.  To spend time bonding and connecting with family and friends, the most important to dos in this life.  

This doesn't mean that I won't be doing crafts or scrapbooking or decorating projects.  I still have a crazy long lists of all I want to do, it just isn't on the to do list.  It is what I do when I have time to do it.  It is what I do when I need to have fun or relax.  It is what I do to rejuvenate and enjoy.



  1. I recently put scrapbooking on the back burner and it really did feel freeing. I am so much more relaxed about enjoying moments instead of creating layouts in my head and checking pictures of the checklist for the day. When you give something up, it definitely frees yourself for something new. I hope you find it!

    1. I agree, it does open you up for more, and helps you focus on what is truly important. I have also noticed that it helps me see clearly when and why I need to craft. It is an enjoyable hobby that I take time to do when I need to relax. Thanks for stopping by!