I feel it's important for me to show my kids I have passions, interests and needs outside of them. Of course my family is central to my life, but I want to continue to develop myself in other ways, too. Sometimes it's hard to find a balance. Dan goes so far as to say balance is like a unicorn - it's a beautiful concept, but doesn't actually exist.
The truth is I haven't carved out much time for myself at all lately... and I've been feeling it. Last month I signed up for a summer online class - Handstitched - by Rachel at Stitched in Color. The timing couldn't be better. The structure of a class gives me the nudge to make the time to sew, and I can do it on my own schedule, at my own pace. All while improving my handsewing skills.
The class started this week. Last night, I did the first project - a reverse appliqued tank. (Rachel offered a somewhat similar template to this, but I ultimately decided to design my own.)
Dan took the baby on a few errands while I sat with my three older kids as they played. Embroidery hoop in hand, I found my way back to zen, one stitch at a time.
I definitely needed the stitches more than I needed a fancier top.
Oh yes, getting the right photo is serious business! ;)
Taking some time to recharge does the spirit good. I hope you get some, too.