In a funk
Peeps, I’m in a funk. A sewing funk. A life funk. And just generally have an ennui malaise weighing me down. I feel unmotivated. How does one get motivated??? I would like to start exercising more, but my favorite exercise is hard where I live. I love running because:
- it’s free
- I can do it on my own schedule
- it’s a quick and easy way to lose weight, at least for me.
In NYC, running was easy, if seasonal. Where I lived downtown, there were tons of paths along the river to run. They were generally all flat terrain. The only obstacles were people and strollers but easily negotiable. Here in suburban San Diego (which seems like an oxymoron since San Diego the city looks like a suburb to begin with to me after living in NYC for 9 years), there are no sidewalks really. The streets are really twisty-turny and hilly. The cars drive fast. And the paths for walking have a really soft mulch on it making it treacherous for running. I easily twist my ankles. I did run on the streets a few days ago, but I was so sore from running the hills, that my thighs cried for three days afterward. I wasn’t really motivated to go running again after that. My favorite exercise is not easy here. I am not fond of joining clubs and having to go to them to exercise on their schedule.
And then there’s sewing, or lack thereof…
I know I’m whining, but I’m in a really whiny mood of late. I lost my forward momentum on the SSS and it’s been sitting at my machine ever since. My sewing room looked like a disaster. I had paperwork everywhere. I felt really unmotivated to do anything.
So the last two days, I have been cleaning up. Begrudgingly, but cleaning up nonetheless. I sorted and filed my paperwork that’s been piling up all over the room. I have even filed my taxes. I organized all the patterns and sewing detritus that’s been piling up everywhere too. I put away all the miscellaneous fabrics that have been pulled out or have arrived in the mail since Christmas. Now I just need to clean the sewing table and then I can start working on the SSS again.
I feel an inkling of sewing mojo returning as I touch all my patterns and fabrics. Just an inkling.
And as I clean up my various messes, I am realizing that my sewing room doesn’t really function well. I need more organization. I need places to put things so that they’re easily accessible but not an eyesore. Since my sewing room is in my bedroom and I spend a lot of time in here every day, I think I need to be more organized and thoughtful with how things are put away, displayed, etc. I need it to be functional and look good. I need some beauty as well as workspace. And part of beauty is order. Don’t you think?
So this is my method for finding sewing mojo. I have to clean the mess to find it. Find forgotten patterns, handle my notions, fondle fabrics. Remind myself of my sewing queue and why I was so excited about this or that project. I have to remind myself, when I’m in a funk, why I love to sew.
Do you sometimes have to remind yourself? What do you do to get out of the sewing doldrums? How do you find your sewing mojo?