Saturday, January 29, 2011

Feeding my soul...

You can ask anyone that's known me for more than five minutes to desribe my top 5 personality traits and I'm sure that crafty, artistic, creative and easy going would never make the list.  Most people see me as a Type A personality through and through.  I even describe myself that way. 

However, I'm truly one of those weird hybrid people that are all precise and punctual, but also need to use the other side of my brain every once in awhile or I feel like something's missing.  The trick is to take on creative tasks that also fulfill the OCD side in me.

For example: crocheting.  I actually have no idea how to do this, but a few months ago I decided that I was going to learn and make myself a blanket. Once I make a decision, it's going to happen no matter what gets in my way, even something little like not even knowing where to begin this little project (that's the Type A in me).

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I watched a couple youtube videos, borrowed some needles from my mom, bought some yarn and got to work.  Crocheting is actually a great activiting to mesh the two sides of my brain together.  It's creating something from nothing while also involving doing a repetitive motion while keep track of each stitch/loopy thing.  It's perfect!  Unfortunatley, I am not.  I began and had to start over around 10 times because I kept getting tangled up.  I'm a work in progress, but I will master it eventually!

Another example: painting.  I love, love, love to splatter paint because you can't mess it up.  You just throw paint on a canvas.  Painting a picture is another thing all together because you actually do need to be creative and have some real talent.  I've decided to compromise and paint something like a flower.  It's realatively easy-I can sketch out the form and then just paint in the lines.  That's the thought anyway.  We'll see how it turns out.

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It's so important to me that I exercise this underutilized part of my brain.  After I made my wreath, I just felt better about life.  There's something about making something from nothing with your own hands that really does feed the soul.  So, I'll continue to try new things and search out new projects so that I can really be a whole well rounded person instead of a number crunching, contract reading, OCD cleaning person.

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Have a happy weekend!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The ever elusive balance...

Some days the house sparkles, music plays softly in the background, the dogs are peacefully sleeping and I whip up a batch of homemade cinnamon rolls.

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Some days I'm lucky to throw a pasta steamer bag in the microwave.  (Although, those things are pretty delicious!)

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Some days I make my own wreath and spend hours and hours cutting out tiny scraps of fabric.

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Some days I give up on trying to be everything and do everything and just go shoe shopping.

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Some days I'm the perfect puppy mommy and cuddle my little girl that had 3 shots and a blood draw.

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Most days are a little of both.  I'm constantly striving for balance in my life, but maybe it's already there.  Maybe I'm too busy worrying about getting it all "right" that if I just quit thinking so much, I would realize my life is pretty perfect just the way it is.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Blogger Fail...

I love blogging.  I really do.  I enjoy getting to read about your lives and getting to post what's happening in mine.  The community is amazing.  The friendship even better.  But...

A month or so ago I got really behind on everyone's blog and eventually just pretty much quit posting and reading.  I felt so out of the loop and the time and effort it takes to upload photos, edit them, upload them to photobucket, post them and then write a blog seemed to be too much.  And the photos are the best part of nearly any post!

I want to get back into the groove and I'm hoping this 3 day weekend is exactly what I need to do that. I have so much to say:
  • I've been baking and cooking TONS, so there are a bunch of pictures and recipes I'd like to post
  • Maxwell's birthday is coming up soon!
  • I've got some thoughts on the New Year and what I'm doing to be a better person
  • I've been doing some fun things like pottery painting dates with my bff and have some fun things planned that I'd like to get up here
There's more, but I don't want to be too ambitious.  I hope you guys forgive me for my slacking.  Have a good day!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Look what I learned to do!

I FINALLY figured out how to upload large photos!  I'm pretty proud of myself :)

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