OK – so last week I did something pretty daft! Although if you have been hanging around with me for any length of time you will know that “pretty daft” is the T-shirt I wear on a daily basis .. its kind of my Standard Operating Procedure.
After a few days of feeling utterly depressed that no “knight in shining armour” .. OK, Chancellor .. was going to wade in and help me have any sort of an income at all throughout these next few months I dusted off my Mind Mapping pad and started totally revamping our business from the ground up.
Finally we have agreement from the team that we should be online … and despite a few tantrums (mine not theirs) in the beginning we are actually beginning to get some traction!
But moving from standing in front of hundreds of people “doing my thang” and making the jump to take all the many assets and ideas we have online .. well its pretty scary .. and when I am scared I have learned that I need to build in some downtime.
Of course – Netflix and Chill doesn’t work for this lass! I’m sure its a hangover from when I used to be a Stage Manager but me and TV have a rocky relationship. In fact my Mum always says that whenever the adverts come on I want to get up and do a scene change!
But there is this ……
A box of yarn that I have had sitting waiting for over a year to be turned into a new family blanket. So I thought I would rustle out a 3.5 m hook and teach myself something new (well something new that is not Affiliate Software / Membership Sites / Video Editing or Podcasting)
Turns out that the middle of these crochet decals are fairly simple .. and only 14 to be made in each colour .. Grrr!
But when round two went on they began to look really rather cute!
Although 154 patches are a lot to control … but very pretty to look at all together.
And I confess .. it took me six attempts to crack round three .. in order to turn a cute star shape into this lovely Moorish Ogee shape.
And the dawning realisation that it may well be at the end of the lockdown before I actually can finish this blanket as there are several very faffy stages to happen between then and now!
But whilst my fingers are busy ..and my blood pressure starts to sink to normal I confess its very soothing to sit for a few minutes every day on a window seat and complete a round or two.
I am learning to be patient with myself .. to appreciate the moments of calm where the only thing happening is a commitment to finish a round.
Life suddenly begins to feel very manageable when you have much smaller, more immediate goals to focus on every now and again.
Now crochet may not be your thing .. or anything crafty .. but I can recall moments when I have been mopping a floor, or washing up after dinner, or ironing some shirts when I have felt the tension fall from my shoulders and a calm contentment descend.
Simple goals keep me simply sane!
With the benefit that when we are through the other side of this I will have a blanket living in our car and used at every picnic that we will not only love but was “Mum’s Therapy” during these scary days.
So what little sanity savers have you guys developed over the last few weeks that give your time to regroup, to pull it all together and keep on keeping on through these trying times?
I’d love to say I am going to write a book, lose 50lbs or train for a marathon .. but the reality is that if I come out of this having mastered this pattern I will count this as a success!
So what are you up to? I’d love to know!