I'm making many changes in my life over here. I say this rather proudly because usually I write that I need to make changes, but today I can say that I have. I recently started a project I hope to share soon that ups my vulnerability factor quite a bit. It's one of the ways I'm trying to step up for myself. Another way I've been helping myself is by regularly asking myself the following question:
If not now, when?
I'm always too busy to do things that I enjoy. Spending time with friends being a huge area of concern. One of my newer friends has twin boys who recently turned six months old. I read about it on facebook and realized I still haven't seen them in person and I live only forty minutes away. I have older friends who will attest that new babies are something I used to be on the scene for, but who would say that trying to pin me down for a lunch date is almost impossible.
I don't want to be this person...the one who never has time for anyone and worse...never has time for herself. And it isn't because I don't have time. I just get caught up in my own world and it becomes harder for me to get out of it once it's been a few months.
I've had a lot of projects I've wanted to do over the years, but since they are "just for fun" I don't make them a priority and as a result...I never start.
I recently discovered some wooden trees that I purchased almost two years ago with the idea of "mapping them over" and making "Across The Miles" trees to put in my shop. My idea was that these trees would make lovely gifts and ornaments for people who can't spend the holidays together. Which, I happen to think is a pretty brilliant idea! :)
Well, two years later I hadn't even made one. Last week I decided that I'd make one for myself. First, because I had a feeling I'd love it and two because it seemed symbolic since I live "long distance" from a lot of my heartfelt desires. I thought that if I made the tree just for me and took the idea of making it for the masses out of my head, that I might actually get one done. I did. I love it! Personally, I don't feel the pictures do it justice, I really don't. In person it is perfect.
I am happy that I did this one little thing and have some other, 'If not now, when?" projects being completed as I write this. I'll share some of the household ones soon.
Is there anything that you are not doing for yourself or others that you wish you were? Is there anything that you could apply the, "If not now, when?" question to?