My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #81: Implementing Some Good Advice

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-23-2010 12:58 PM 4902 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Things seem to be getting back to normal. The toaster is back to popping and at precisely 6:08 this morning I popped out of bed like normal. It was still quite dark out (as it will be from now on in the mornings I assume) but I was pleased that I seemed to be back on schedule.

I never was one for an alarm clock, and I only used one at times when I absolutely, positively needed to get up by a certain time. When I worked outside the home or needed to get the kids to school I used one, but I rarely needed it. Usually I woke a couple minutes before it went off, which spared me from the annoyance of a startling sound. When I had one that turned on the radio, I was able to keep the volume all the way down, as the small ‘click’ that it made as it went past its point where it was set was enough to get me up. I guess I fall easily into habits.

It seems the talk lately from many of my friends revolves around returning to school. Either their kids or even several adults are that I know. One friend in particular is going to attend a design school which is several hours away from her home. She showed pictures on Facebook of her studio apartment which is where she will be staying while attending. I have a great deal of admiration for her (and I admit, a little bit of envy) because she had taken care of her grand children over the summer and is spending the time concentrating on her life and doing what she loves. That is wonderful, I think.

My best friend from Chicago area whom I have know since we were 13 went back to school after raising five children and got her degree as a pharmacist early this year. She had spent her entire adult life dedicated to her children, who all turned out very well. (Her oldest daughter just had her first child, after earning a master’s degree in psychology and working with troubled teens for a couple of years.) Her youngest children are still in high school. But it was great to see her do something for herself after giving so much to others all those years. I am really proud of her.

I always loved school and learning. About ten years ago I re-enrolled in some community college courses for drawing and art. Even at that time, I was a bit older than the average college student, but I found a couple of others in my age bracket and I thoroughly enjoyed the classes. Unfortunately, it was at a time in my life when I was again out on my own and I needed to concentrate on supporting myself and had to stop taking courses. I couldn’t help but wish I had the same desire and ambition when I was really in high school and university for the first time when I was younger. My priorities were quite different then, however. “Youth is wasted on the young” they say. I can see how ‘they’ came up with that.

Unfortunately, where I live now, going to school is pretty much out of the question. The nearest community college is quite far away and it would be impossible for me to attend. I am still kind of working to survive here too so that needs to take priority. I never totally rule out going back though. Who knows where my life will lead me? It is something nice to dream about, anyway.

As for yesterday, I pushed the pile a bit and checked another couple of things off the list. I did do it at quite a relaxed pace, though. It was a perfect day – warm, but with a cool breeze and instead of the regular two kilometer walk around the river, we took a major hike in the other direction into the woods. It was quite an adventure, as it is quite hilly up there and the trails are barely distinguishable at certain points. This was a ‘survivor man’ type of hike and at one point we took a wrong turn and wound up in the middle of well, nowhere. We knew we had to come out to a road somewhere, but it could very possibly be many kilometers of thick woods before doing so. We finally back tracked and found the original path we were on next to the river and were able to follow it to the other mill which was about three kilometers the other direction from where we lived.

We were happy to finally find the road, however and followed it back home. I was surprised that we were gone a couple of hours and was absolutely famished when we got back. It was a fun adventure though and quite beautiful and I saw several frogs and mushrooms of different species and things of interest. I wish I would have taken my camera. I promise I will another time, as I am sure it will be stunning in the autumn when the leaves are going to be brilliant with color.

I spent the rest of the afternoon catching up on my correspondence and I am happy to say that I went to bed with only a couple of unanswered emails in my mail box. I was getting far behind in that and it was really one of the points that was bothering me. I love keeping up with customers and friends and try to really keep it a high priority. I try to always answer everyone as personally as I can, but I do admit that it sometimes escapes me as to how I know them. I try to associate which projects they do with each of them, and that helps, but there are times when I can’t place a person and that really gets to me. I guess that is part of a growing business. I just try to do my best.

I was planning to spend the evening painting, but instead decided to watch a movie and really watch it. It has been quite a while since I have done that so it felt strange not to be multi-tasking, but it also felt kind of nice. I wouldn’t want to do it all the time though, as painting in itself is quite relaxing for me and also quite rewarding. I never really look upon it as a chore.

So you see, I not only read your suggestions, but I implemented many of them too. This may sound strange to many of you, but it is rare that I spend time like this (guilt free). I do feel pretty good this morning and I am really raring to go on the remaining things on my list. Perhaps it is really good to take a day and not worry about work for a change. Everyone was right. It is still here for me to do today. But now I can approach it feeling refreshed and it will be far more enjoyable.

With all that said, it is time for me to hit the shower. One of the best rewards of getting up when it is still dark out is being able to witness the beautiful sunrise we often have here. This morning was no exception, as it was pink and purple and lit up the entire sky. If that isn’t enough to get you moving and appreciate things around you, I don’t know what is.

I hope everyone has a great and productive day. :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 08-23-2010 02:17 PM

great to heare you enjoyed relaxing so much ,that you feel fresh again :-)

best thoughts

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#2 posted 08-23-2010 09:57 PM

I’m glad to hear you took some time to just relax. We all have to do that sometimes. Maybe I need to watch a good movie. I haven’t seen an entire movie or even a full TV show in months. When I want to watch shows or movies I can usually rationalize that I have too much else to do. We all need a break sometimes though to get us back centered. I’m happy for you though. It sounds like you feel much better than you were a few days ago.


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#3 posted 08-23-2010 10:17 PM

Strange coincidence, I found a small frog in the store today. Managed to catch him and put it safe outside, it was raining (England in summer) so he felt at home.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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