Doesn’t mean you should – or at least not right now. Or not all at one time.
I didn’t mean for that to sound discouraging. You know I believe in pursuing your dreams, exploring ideas, being creative, trying something new – but sometimes that antsy feeling for another project can make you burn out a little sooner than you thought.
Lately, as I have begun to feel better in health, I am constantly thinking about the next thing I want to do. The reality is, I’m distracted by creating distractions.
Being creative brained and having an entrepreneur spirit has it’s advantages and disadvantages. Before you think I’m a great go-getter (thank you I can be), I’d also like to tell you about the times that I completely changed my mind and I’m glad I did.
- Remember that Heirloom Home blog I started, oh, earlier this year? Yeah, that was a terrible idea. I was more in love with the name than the idea of having a second blog.
- I have all the canning supplies I need, only I have yet to can. I had every intention, I took not one, but TWO canning classes – but right now it seems to be on permanent pause.
- Compost fail. Well, that idea wasn’t as fun as I thought. It’s still in the compost we created, it was just so much work and I didn’t like the smell, having to add cultures, water, oh it was just too much. I’m just going to buy soil. Compost could work maybe this fall again when I can actually go outside but I’m admitting I haven’t touched it for 6 months.
- I have yet to sign up for a barre class. Last summer I bought tons of adorable workout clothes, a leotard included, and multiple finger toe socks so when I would finally have the time to enroll in a barre class, I had no excuse. Yet a year later, I still have an excuse – it’s hot out.
- I don’t want to ever knit again. That long amazing color block scarf I showed you here? Well, I had one more skein (that’s a ball of yarn) to go, and I brought the whole thing home to my mom and asked her to finish it. Looking at it bothered me – it is $120 worth of expensive New York yarn and 462 hours of time. I’m glad I learned, but now I don’t foresee knitting as a favorite past time right now. Maybe later.
- I thought I wanted to sell jewelry. Now tell me if this makes much sense – I attended a jewelry party only to dislike the jewelry and researched a different line of jewelry to discover that jewelry line was coming out with another jewelry line. I don’t do sales. I can market, but home parties is really hard to find. If you do any of those businesses, please tell me how because I can’t figure it out. I love this new line but I’m going to utterly fail at doing 4 parties in one month for the soft launch and I had to pass. It still made me sad, but I just couldn’t see myself succeeding.
I laid in bed earlier this week with my heart and mind racing. Then I decided it was time to let Mr. Wonderful in on my crazy thoughts so he could help me make sense.
“What did Nancy Reagan say?” asked Benjamin.
“Um, are you referring to ‘Just Say No’?” I hesitantly answered.
OK, so maybe Nancy meant drugs, but maybe taking on too much is like a drug.
And so, I started saying no. I reevaluated all the things that even though I could do it all, I shouldn’t, or at least not try it all at once. So I started saying no, and though my head felt a little sad about not having more chaos or something to take up my time, my heart felt lifted – this is not the right time. You don’t have to do everything, or rather, you don’t have to try to keep doing everything just because you started (knitting for example). It’s alright to try it, figure out you don’t like it, then stop. It doesn’t make you a quitter, it means you’re refining your life. But just a note to myself, stop and take a rest before pick up the next heavy thing.
Back to that scarf I was trying to knit, well, it’s done.
Thanks to my mom who finished the last block and a half of color because I just couldn’t handle it any more. Just in time for fall!
Have you ever taken on too much or realized you were in over your head? I’m trying to tame to my entrepreneur spirit without completely ignoring it.
Diana Elizabeth still hated sending out that no email, she had to say no, right now. Sometimes our reasoning is just crazy and we need to talk it out to get a better perspective.