Sometimes, it’s just easier to go big!
“If you are not feeling motivated, it means your goals aren’t big enough” – Dunno who originally said this, but one of my first incredible mentors, Barbara Thelen, said this to me back in the early 80′s after I had just given birth to my son and had some incredible challenges on my plate.
Recently, I tried my best to just buy the simple, humble, SMALL, cheap condo I had been living in for 3.5 years… but it was just not to be. Don’t get me started on government programs that benefit everyone but me – meaning the banks, my landlord, etc. Ugh… another post for another day….
Here’s the new place:
To make this about sewing, which it totally **is**…..
Earlier this year, in the midst of some very stressful, depressing, demanding & oppressive family drama, I decided that I absolutely had to carve out some “me” time – or I wouldn’t be able to cope. I literally was at the end of my rope. I needed to do something that would give me meditative time to chill out and create the space needed to allow good things (health, $$$, peace, joy, beautiful home, etc) to come to me.
So back in about April, I decided to get back into sewing. I’d been away from all of it for about 10 years. It’s another screwy story about how the whole sewing thing was thrown back at me… but it started with me being super displeased about a really jacked up $120 dance costume for my granddaughter. Another post for another day!
This is about manifesting…. for some, it’s that “faith of a mustard seed” thing.
I have been very deliberately taking time to visualize what I really want to come about. When I have sewn in the past (don’t laugh, now), I have had an easier time losing weight, getting beautiful places to live, creating higher income, feeling good about myself, .. oh heck… you name it.
It’s because, when I chill out and calm down (which just happens when I sew!) I have the peaceful time it takes to put myself (visualizing) into the places I want to be.
In the past year, I was taught (by another wonderful mentor) to have two columns on my “to do” list. Every day, on the column on the left were the tasks that I would try to accomplish for the day. All the mundane stuff – pay the bills, work the biz tasks, and also a few things of joy – feed the birds, sew on such-and-such projects. On the right column were the things that I threw at the Universe/Spirit/God/Source Energy/Whatever-You-Call-It. On the top of the list for the past few weeks was “Beautiful Home”.
Previously, I hadn’t written that – which is kinda interesting, doncha think? There was nothing “beautiful” , nor was there ever going to be, in my opinion, about that condo!
So the same day that the final nail got slammed into the bank-hell-government-program coffin which prevented me from buying the condo (and I knew it was coming to this – no surprise – but still didn’t make me happy), I didn’t get upset. I took a big breath, and deliberately decided to pull up all of the positive ju-ju that I deserve and I just said a quick little gratitude of “OK, this is cool, I’m so grateful that I can just pop open Craigslist and the perfect “Beautiful Home” is going to be there just waiting for me today. I’m soooo excited!” (this is not an easy thing to say after 2 years of fighting banks, etc! lol!)
I went to Craigslist, which has been so loaded with so many scams/crazy landlords/high prices/etc, and there this property was… on the top of my search. Called the landlord… met with her 10 minutes later at the house… and signed the lease the next day and got the keys!
So this is how important the sewing thing is to me: when I was sewing during the past few months – with my big-ass machines crammed into a 5′x4′ corner of the tiny dining room of my condo – I would mentally put myself into enjoying the space of a beautiful Nancy Zieman style sewing studio… with beautiful furniture, a fireplace, flowers, windows with bird feeders outside, and my wonderful loving doggies at my feet. Basically, I’ve got myself a 2012 Norman Rockwell vision. You just wanna go “awwwwww” when you see me in my space! LOL… at least I go “awwwww” in pleasure!
So here I am – it’s 6 AM here in my new home. I’m lookin’ out the window to my wonderful Colorado-wild backyard. I’ve got the bird feeders moved so the golden morning sunshine is shining on them. I’ve got birds checkin’ out the feeders – they’re gonna be pretty happy that I moved in here!
I’m lookin’ at the piles of boxes that need to be put away… but my sewing area is semi-set up – just enough for me to easily imagine putting out some fun patterns that people on Craftsy and Etsy will love to buy.
So here it is… I took over the family room just off of the kitchen for my sewing space! This is my sewing “nest”:
Right behind my chair, there is a little 6′x8′ wet bar room… for now, it’s perfect to store most of my goodies. Later, I’ve got my head set on putting a Babylock Enterprise 10 needle embroidery machine in there. The drawers are perfect to store my Floriani embroidery threads for the time being, doncha think?!?!? hehe….
I’m starting to put the GCLSAo2012 fabrics in the cabinet. It’s fun to lovingly admire and fold every piece…
And don’t you think this was built for rolls of stabilizer?!?!? heh heh…..
Here’s a shot of the entire room….(click on it to see the whole picture… dang layout here keeps chopping off some of the pics!) …. anyway… remember, I’ve only been here for 2 days!!! It’ll look great once I get my microfiber sofa, recliner, coffee & end tables outta storage… and a flat screen TV needs to be purchased for above that fireplace! I love this room:
I need a few months to totally make it wonderful…. but for now, I’m a happy clam.
Toodles for now…
Sally aka: RipStitcher