Comments on: Balancing Act http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:57:21 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Chrissy / Doodlebump http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-936592 Chrissy / Doodlebump Sun, 15 Jun 2014 19:08:05 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-936592 I have just stumbled upon this blog post whilst searching for ideas of what to do with my bits of fabric! I have constantly got many ideas and projects on the go and consequently have many bits and bobs around for when those projects get started ( if ever!) They were causing me some heart ache as in the precious few hours once my son is in bed they scream make me, but I just want to sit down with a book instead! So thank you for the advice they will be sent to someone else who can make use of them, just hoping I don’t replace them with more :)

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By: Bianca / Little Scandinavian http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-496241 Bianca / Little Scandinavian Sun, 02 Jun 2013 10:30:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-496241 I’m a secret horder too, finding it very hard to part with fabric such as baby’s first curtains in the nursery and all the left over fabric that I will make pillow cases out of. My baby is now 11, and there curtains are neatly folded together with the left over fabric. And as you say, every time it pops up out into daylight I feel guilty.
If we had lived in one large house, over all those years, with lots of storage, I would have been (possibly) able to justify it. But we’ve moved 4 times over the last 11 years, and I’m carring all this extra fabric with me.
In fact -I’m reading your blog to get the much needed inspiration to do something about it. Now, need to giggle. As I expected design mom to give me a easy sewing pattern to transform it into something very trendy for the family home. Instead you’re suggesting “part with it”! And your probably right! You def achieved one thing. I’m now reconsidering it all over again. If it finally will be pillows or not -I would owe you a thank you card. :)

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By: Weekend Reading - Dee Wilcox http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-496142 Weekend Reading - Dee Wilcox Sun, 02 Jun 2013 06:15:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-496142 [...] post on work-life balance really struck a cord with me. Do you have an endless stash of craft supplies and too many projects [...]

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By: Koseli Cummings http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-495740 Koseli Cummings Sat, 01 Jun 2013 15:26:05 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-495740 Seriously, I gotta get rid of my fabric. It stresses me out. And stick my sewing machine where I can’t see it. I like to sew occasionally, but I don’t love it and I feel like those unfinished projects that I never really cared about haunt me 24/7. It’s so silly because I get a lot of stuff done, you know? And stuff I’m excited about. So yes, Amy, definitely gotta go through and just figure out what’s really worth it!

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By: WORD. | GREY GONE GREEN http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-494879 WORD. | GREY GONE GREEN Fri, 31 May 2013 13:47:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-494879 [...] might as well have written this post from Design Mom myself.  I have so many lingering projects floating in my head, but I never seem to actually start [...]

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By: Anna M http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-493362 Anna M Thu, 30 May 2013 04:32:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-493362 Wouldn’t you know it? I wrote about the very same thing yesterday. Even had a fancy lady juggling as my header picture (but nowhere near as fancy as your lady). I have been contemplating the juggle lately and WHICH BALLS are important to have in the circulation and which to let drop completely.

Must be something in the air. You are definitely more directed on a conclusive path, though. I have faith that I will join you shortly and leave the obsessive over-juggling.

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By: Dee Wilcox http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-492979 Dee Wilcox Wed, 29 May 2013 14:29:45 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-492979 Thanks for this post, Amy. You’ve given me a lot to think about. I think I’m a little bit addicted to having projects going — I feel creative and active, and it’s very fulfilling to finish things. It’s not fulfilling when they are hanging over my head, though. I just organized my craft room, and I’m shocked at home many supplies I have for different things. I honestly don’t know how I would choose just one hobby. Good for you for having the self discipline!

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By: chelsea http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-492957 chelsea Wed, 29 May 2013 14:13:49 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-492957 Added this to my book list! Now… to make time to read it. :P

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By: chelsea http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-492949 chelsea Wed, 29 May 2013 14:09:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-492949 Perfect timing on this post, thank you! I love creative projects, and I save *everything* pretending that “this will be perfect” for some craft project or another. But actually, I just end up piling everything into my sewing room, and when I actually make the time for something extra, I’m more inclined to practice piano, write, or read. While working on further simplifying our home, I found myself wondering, “What if I just give away all of the yarn and fabric that I don’t absolutely love?” …I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…

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By: Kristin http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-492767 Kristin Wed, 29 May 2013 11:29:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-492767 Alyssa – I am ENFP too! When I read my profile and realized that my seemingly crazy interest and pursuit of new projects was in-born, I felt a lot better. I also read a few paragraphs aloud to my husband, hoping it would help him to better understand me! We have a running joke about how I have always wanted to take a pottery class… and pretty much any other class that I hear about;-)

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By: Kate @ herenowbrowncow http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-492277 Kate @ herenowbrowncow Wed, 29 May 2013 05:31:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-492277 Lots of projects on the go here. Then it’s like a smorgasbord of craft to choose from when I’m in the mood!

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By: Anu http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-492166 Anu Wed, 29 May 2013 04:03:48 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-492166 Has anyone read this : Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher

I have read this book. It contradicts the general feeling ( I am with the mass here ) of not able to do it all. And it is interesting how the whole book describes avenues , opportunities and mental state to do it all …in ones own pace & following ones own rhythm.

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By: Heidi http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-491936 Heidi Wed, 29 May 2013 00:54:06 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-491936 I appreciate this post as a full-time working mother of 5 who is having a crisis trying to find time to write my master’s thesis. There just isn’t enough time!!! And now I have just inherited 2 awesome knitting machines. They are not coming out of the box until that thesis is written!!

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By: Lisa http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-491931 Lisa Wed, 29 May 2013 00:51:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-491931 I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments too. Amy, I still think you’re so brave for giving your fabric away —I’m not there yet. But I have started to see the value in picking and choosing and focusing. And I’ve come to accept that there are seasons in life and that someday I will be able to do all the many different things I’d like to. I just hope I’m not too tired by the time I get there!

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By: Melissa http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-491700 Melissa Tue, 28 May 2013 22:05:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-491700 I love hearing everyone else’s solutions for balancing their passions and interests! I find that my secondary interests (crafts, baking, sewing, decorating) help fuel my passions (writing, parenting)–as long as I keep them in balance, time-wise. But when I am stuck in my writing, or am considering how to handle a problem, sitting and working with my hands can produce surprising solutions.

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By: Alyssa http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-491633 Alyssa Tue, 28 May 2013 21:15:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-491633 This is my problem as well. I get so caught up in my enthusiasm and take on way more than I can actually accomplish with small children and a husband at home. I’m an ENFP (Myers-Briggs) and it shows.

My latest strategy for combating this is to keep a list of my priorities, in order, near my bed. When I collapse into it at night and start to think about all of the creative ideas it helps to weigh them against my life’s priorities. If they get in the way of the top three (kids, husband, home) they’re out. It’s not fool proof, but it helps.

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By: Lindsey http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-491556 Lindsey Tue, 28 May 2013 20:24:39 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-491556 I was just griping last night that I am so tired of seeing DIY projects everywhere I look that I would never have time for. Last week I went on a yoga retreat and I realized I only have so much energy. I think the key to balancing is having GOALS. Once you have goals and you have a strategy for accomplishing them, you do that stuff first and then there usually isn’t room for anything else. But…if there is room, then that’s where you can insert a little this or that. So write your goals down. The things that you want enough to write down goals for will probably also make you quite happy. Then you start coming into some good balance. xo

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-491527 Amy Hackworth Tue, 28 May 2013 20:06:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-491527 That makes such good difference, doesn’t it? I love the mornings when I create that time, too.

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By: Kristen Nelson http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-491502 Kristen Nelson Tue, 28 May 2013 19:51:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-491502 Whew! Thank you for giving me permission to let some things go. I find that on the days I take time to pray and meditate in the morning for at least 15 minutes (sometimes with Curious George in the background), everything seems to magically fall into place.

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/balancing-act/comment-page-1/#comment-491480 Amy Hackworth Tue, 28 May 2013 19:41:50 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=36864#comment-491480 Jenni, I like to think there’ll be a certain peace in deliberately choosing to say no, but I, too, still feel the pull of so many things. Good luck to both of us.

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