Forcing Myself to Sew

In my last post, I talked about that feeling of just existing. I had really hoped that after more than a week, I would be in a much better place. I can’t really say that much had changed until last night.

A few months back I started getting really into sewing. I was finding that it was a great way to get my mind off of things that were troubling me. I had all these scraps of material and had found a couple of YouTube videos (linked just below) that really inspired me to start making scrappy quilts and bags. The Quilting Marine and Midnight Quilt Show. Here’s a few recent projects I did.

That feeling of just existing, however was bogging me down so much that I didn’t even want to sew at all. Last night, I was so fed up with the way I had been feeling, that I forced myself to go over to my sewing space (it consumes the front part of the living room…sorry, Honey). I dumped about half of my scrap fabric all over the floor. I began throwing them in the air and letting them fall back down…I like them all mixed up. This little task actually felt wonderful and made me giggle out loud. I felt a little like a kid, and that’s OKAY…I was feeling something good!

I peiced together five scrappy blocks that will eventually become a quilt. I’m so glad I forced myself to my sewing space; it seems to have lit a little spark. I can’t say that I’m in a great place today, but definitely a little better than I have been. I’ll take it!

What are some things you do to take care of your mental and emotional well-being?

10 thoughts on “Forcing Myself to Sew

  1. I can just picture you throwing around scraps of material like snow coming down. Makes me laugh out loud, too. It’s that first step toward doing something on a bad day that’s the hardest. Hang in there! Proud of you#

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  2. I totally get you, J. And about throwing around scraps of material, it made me laugh a little too. Some days are hard but hang in there. Life has more to offer and we have got a lot more to experience!

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  3. I know this is an older post, I ran across it while I was looking for some fellow sewing enthusiasts to follow. But I thought I’d put my 2 cents in about how I take care of myself mentally and emotionally.

    There’s a verse in the bible that I find particularly beautiful, the one that says “cast your burdens to the Lord, and He will sustain you.” The way that I give Him my burdens is to tell Him everything I’m feeling, the good and the bad. So I thank Him for things I’m grateful for (which seems to help my mood in itself) and also pour out my icky feelings to Him. There’s something powerful, to me, in not hiding any part of myself from Him, and knowing that I am loved just the same as ever.

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    1. I’m so glad you took the time to stop and check out my blog; thank you!
      Thank you for sharing that lovely verse with me. You are absolutely right, it is a powerful thing to give Him all that we are. His unconditional love keeps me going.

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