Once upon a time:

I’m having one of those weeks where everything seems to converge on a single idea.  Do you know what I mean?  You read something on the web, hear a song, have an unexpected conversation with a friend, read a book – and there’s somehow a theme that multiplies more and more as it keeps cropping up.  Sometimes it’s even just one word, but it resonates specifically with you right now.

In this case, I keep running across the concept of story.  I’m reading a fabulous book: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller, one of my favourite authors.  The subtitle is ‘What I learned while editing my life’, as it’s a collection of thoughts that started out of being asked to edit a memoir he’d written into a screenplay.  Sounds narcissistic, but actually he has a gift for making beautiful and profound statements (without sounding as trite/naff as I would if I tried to do it.)

“Something changed after I visited my father.  Perhaps it was visiting my father and hiking the Inca Trail too.  I was living a story, a life designed and lived with intention.” p.154

That’s what’s resonating, wanting my own story designed and lived with intention.

So what’s that got to do with this sewing/crafts blog?  Well an obvious part in that it’s a part of the story I’m living; it’s something I’m nuturing to see what it grows into, where it takes me.  But more specifically because I also came across this this week:

That little bit in red jumped out:

Put yourself on a deadline, so that every week you will finish one story.

Investigating further today, this is a quote from Ira Glass speaking on journalism, so she was actually talking literally about a story.  But not knowing that, I took it in line with that concept I’m swimming in, and exactly what I liked was the flexibility of it – to create and complete something every week, but not too rigidly or prescriptively… it could be equivalent to a couple of short scenes, or a huge intricate epic.  And then to see where this story takes me, over the next year.

Funny enough, just this week an email came through from the Sew Weekly, looking for new contributors for 2012.  Ooh, I so toyed with applying for about 5 minutes – look, it’s a project-a-week commitment! just like I’ve been thinking!  But to be honest, I think there was too much wanting to be ‘someone important’ in the blogosphere.  And right now, I need something less defined (not just clothes-making), more me-led.

So I’m starting with what’s left of this week – hopefully I’ll have something small but complete to show you tomorrow!

I’d love to know if it resonates with you too x

6 thoughts on “Once upon a time:

  1. I love this post so much. So much to think about and it completely resonates with me. I feel like I have been on that journey this year and making something every week has definitely been the jump start I need to really exploring my potential. But it’s not easy! Love this post and look forward to seeing how it all unfolds!!

  2. Thanks for posting this, those words totally resonated with me too. I’ve been floundering a bit, wishing I could make a living from crafting but knowing I’m just not good enough – my boyfriend keeps reminding me that you have to put the work in and believe in yourself. It really is just all about pushing yourself I suppose. I’m looking forward to seeing your projects and good luck with it!
    Cx

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  4. Definitely resonates with me! But I wonder whether the act of creating is as important as the finished product for a lot of people including me. Which is why I’m happy doing the act of creating each week or day rather than completing it.

    • Good point Kichelle, I think the act of creating is definitely more important than just having lots of finished ‘things’. My aim with the weekly deadline is more to focus my ideas and energies, so that the process is productive and not stressful – rather than starting half a dozen things a week and ending up with so many UFOs!

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