Taking it slow is something that comes to my mind fairly often when I’m checking my Bloglovin feed. I follow over 400 blogs right now. Yeah, that’s quite a number. Thank goodness they all don’t put out a new post each day!
In my feed I see beautiful work and great ideas. I also see hurry. Maybe not necessarily rushing. But what I perceive as fast, quantity, next. Churning out of projects. Sometimes I want to shout “Slow down!”
I understand for some they are operating a business of making. For others they have the time and it’s their choice to spend it that way. But I also think there is a type of keeping up with the Joneses going on.
It brings to my mind the slow movement. The idea of slowing things down. I’m not talking about creeping along. When I think of it in regards to making I think of taking your time. Enjoying the process. Quality over quantity. Savoring. Honing skills. Learning.
Just because someone else makes a quilt every week or a big stack of zipper pouches in one day doesn’t mean you have to or that you’re inferior somehow because you don’t or can’t. If you can and enjoy it, that’s great! Either way, be true to yourself. Do what is best for you. Don’t set expectations for yourself based on what others do and then get down on yourself because you feel you’ve fallen short.
You have to find your own personal balance. What fits in your schedule and what makes you happy. I would have to be Wonder Woman to keep up with all of the quilt alongs, bees, swaps and projects that are continually popping up. Heck, in January I decided to do the Aurifil block of the month this year and made the one for January but wasn’t able to fit in February or March or even April so far.
Making is a wonderful thing! I enjoy it very much. I love the process of creating. From coming up with an idea all the way through to the finish. Admiring my work. Accepting shortcomings and imperfections, also. I hate to think that making can turn into an unhappy thing for somebody.
So, I say make at your own pace! Set your goals and expectations based on you and not on others.
I’d love to hear what you think.
PS – That’s a photo I took of a flooded trail after a heavy rain. Isn’t it beautiful?