Every day is a work in progress. Not only for the babies we’re raising and what they’re learning, but for me as their mama. Every day I fail. I get upset. I make mistakes. I forget. I let my tiredness overpower my joy. But, I also have days where I succeed. I am happy. I do things right. I remember.
Right now, life works best in short increments. I often make lists of what I want to work on, because once the moment strikes when I can work on something, all too often I forget what I wanted to work on. So, a list is super helpful :) For a long time now I’ve wanted to finger knit a garland for the wall above our TV. Knitting one skein of yarn takes about 45 minutes, and while I don’t usually have that kind of time to work continuously, I do have 20 minutes. I used a pen to hold my stitches when I have to stop tend to my mama tasks, and slowly I knitted through two skeins of blue yarn.
And now hung on the wall above our TV, and I feel so happy having finished this! Working on projects for our home brings me a lot of joy, especially because it’s been a slow process as of late. Not only did we moved from a 1-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles to a 3-bedroom in the Detroit area, but we’re dedicated to paying off our debt. And so I’ve gotten pretty creative with decorating ;) And juggling creative projects with my tribe of littles nearby.
Progress is better than perfection, and right now that means working in 20-minute increments.
Like I often remind myself: “inspiration is all around you.”
What kind of creative projects are you working on right now, and how are you getting through any challenges they bring?
You are an inspiration, my dear. Hope you’re having a great day today! <3
Thank you Heather! So grateful you’re a part of this community.
I always love reading your blog because I find it so inspiring! I like the part where you said “progress is better than perfection”. That is something I’ve been trying to teach myself lately – since graduating college I’ve been learning to balance a full time job and still fit in time for my creative projects. It is a slow process sometimes. Have a wonderful weekend!
I’d love to hear your progress so far on how you’re making that work! What kind of creative projects do you have in the works? Thanks for your comment, E! xx
Finger knitting seems especially great for working on with a small one in your arms and two underfoot, since there are no pokey tools whatsoever required! Very family-friendly. :)
As always I’m proud of you for squeezing in bits of time to replenish your creative juices. Essential to sanity for sure, especially in these days. :)
…also a great project to work on while in the car!
Right now I’m stepping outside to garden for a few minutes. It’s a fun project, cheap, “out of the house” and peaceful. So far the bugs are winning. Im in the middle of of tiny babies too. Thanks for your perspective and inspiration. I appreciate it!!!!
OH, that sounds like a great outdoors hobby! Love it! What do you have growing in your garden?
I loved seeing the finished product, Maggie! I love finger knitting, but often draw a blank as to how to incorporate it into my home. You should post the different ways you’ve displayed it through the years. You’re so creative. It’s so inspiring!
What a great suggestion, April! Thanks! :) and thank you for the compliments! xx