Lately I've been in some sort of fog - my motivation to work for my "real" job is nonexistent, and all I want to do is craft - but when I have time to craft, I just sit and daydream about all the potential projects (oh, there are so many!). In the end, I get absolutely nothing done! I'm a list-maker by nature, so I'm trying to turn all this around by making lists of projects and just jumping in. But, I've also set a rule for myself that I must *complete* some projects before I begin new ones... I don't want to have 20 active projects - 4 or 5 is about all I'm allowing myself at the moment. So, the big problem comes when I really need to finish a project, but I just don't want to sit down and do it! N.B. the beautiful olive green sweater (my first knitted garment!) that has been sitting here, completely finished, just waiting for me to do the seaming... what's my problem?!?
So, this may seem totally unrelated, but somehow the changing temperatures and the prospects of summer have given me a jolt. Last weekend I went out to do some shopping. My goal was to find a reasonably priced rash guard to help me avoid a summer full of sunburns (Yes, I do use sunscreen, but I always seem to miss that one tiny spot that gets horribly burned - I am of Irish descent after all!) - I didn't find the rash guard, but I did find a pair of shoes for each of us. I don't normally fixate on shoes and take pictures of them, but something about the thought of new shoes for the family was extremely pleasing.
This picture has now become a symbol for me - new shoes, new season, fresh start for all of us. This summer is going to be fantastic, and I'm going to finish ongoing projects, start new and exciting ones, and take steps toward achieving professional satisfaction. Don't get me wrong - I'm not going to be too manic! There will also be lots of time for dancing in the living room with my family, making sun tea, playing red light/green light with Brynne in the back yard, splashing around in the pool (must find that rash guard!), and eating all the berries I can! I'm so glad I'm not the only one thinking about cleaning up and fresh starts!