In the quilting world there are a lot of jokes made about balancing life while quilting. Some of my favorites are:
Housework only comes before quilting in the dictionary.
Quilting forever…housework never!
A messy house is the sign of a happy quilter.
I’d rather be stitchin’ than in the kitchen.
I am a quilter and my house is in pieces.
I wish. The truth is that taking on a hobby (let alone a business!), like quilting, can take a toll not only on the housework but the whole household. And that is not a joking matter.
During the last several months of 2012, I didn’t do any blogging. I want to feel guilty about it but I’m not going to. But the truth is that something had to give. Sewing everyday (which I LOVE) was taking a toll on my home. I just couldn’t fit it all in, especially with starting preschool with Evie (and teaching 6th grade for Reagan).
I often felt like a chicken running around with my head cut off. I felt like I had to fix everything but couldn’t focus on one thing long enough to get anything done. I had to give something up and let the blog go. And that’s okay (right?).
My lack of blogging last year is not where I want to take this post, so we’ll stop that here.
So I was super stressed and trying to figure out how to manage it all and still be a good mommy.
And then I found The Day’s Draft from Ann Voskamp of A Holy Experience. It’s a daily planner that breaks down the various areas of a mother’s life. It has revolutionized my life!
I started using it several months ago, and immediately saw a difference in my focus, quality of time spent during school and play with the kids, and I was getting WAY more housework done. And I was still sewing! Yay!
Then, I ran out of sheets and forgot to print more out and I started slipping, and I’d find myself on FB longer than I should have been, and I’d spend 3 days sewing and realize there was a mountain of laundry and no plates in the cabinet, and oh, what I failure I was! Or at least that’s the way I felt. You know that mommy guilt, right?
Well, I’ve remembered the gift of using these lovely planners, and my days are in order again. And I’m centered on what’s important and I’m getting done what really needs getting done. And I’m blessed.
I know this isn’t my usual kind of post on here, but I have this feeling that if I have these struggles…I’m not the only one who has them. And since I have found a wonderful help, I hope to bless you with it.
Btw, even if you’re super organized and aren’t interested in having the planner (which is free), I highly encourage you to check out A Holy Experience. It is a beautiful blog and I’m moved and inspired from it on a daily basis.