I've been thinking about blogging for some time now. All of the encouragement and support I've received about my weaving last year has encouraged me to try things I wouldn't normally. So please let me know if you like what I have to say. I would love your feedback!
As I reflect on 2016, I realize that I have so much to be thankful for. I've met So many good people and learned so many new things. The theme of my year has been about establishing healthy routines. One thing that I've struggled with since graduating from college is having a healthy studio practice. I'm great at binge-making when I have deadlines. But I haven't been so great about making in between. It's hard to make time for making when working full time, balancing relationships, and fulfilling responsibilities. Sharing this frustration with other makers has shown me that I'm not alone. Eventually I want to be able to weave full time, but until then I can make better use of the time I do have.
One thing that helped me finish my second weaving on the giant frame loom was setting a new goal. 30 minutes a day. That's it. Sometimes I wake up early, sometimes I go to bed late. But more often than not, I make it happen.
In 30 minutes, I can weave a small section. It may seem discouraging but it's okay, because tomorrow I will have another opportunity to weave another small section. This latest weaving took six months to complete. But this new routine encouraged me to keep going. The daily progress was small, but by the end of the week I could always see the difference.
You may have seen me hashtag about it over the last month. If you're also feeling discouraged about balancing your practice with your life, please join me in making for just 30 minutes. Make a goal to try it for a week, or maybe even a month. Let me know how it goes, and I'll keep sharing with you too.
Happy new year!