Elli is on Sabbatical*
Want to know what's been going on in Elli-Land? Here's the skinny in 3 easy bullet points:
- I've been really busy. It got old.
- So I decided to set some goals: cut back on my commitments, get organized and focus on fun stuff!
- I've given myself six months (April 1 - September 30) to see what I can accomplish.
This is a ball of aqua mohair as big as my head. But with nothing for scale.
Um, really? A sabbatical?
Ok fine, I'm not REALLY on sabbatical...I'm just calling it that, because all the other names I've been using in my head (the Six Month Project, the Brain Break, etc.) all sound a little lame. Sabbatical has a nice distinguished academic ring to it, don'tcha think?
If it were a real sabbatical I would have found someone to pay me so I could take a leave of absence from work. Unfortunately I'm still looking for a patron willing to do that (interested parties please apply. see e-mail addy in sidebar).
What exactly does this entail?
Step 1: The Organizey Part
I've been working on this step since April 1, and am beginning to suspect that this may take me the entire month. Everything is getting the once-over. And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. I work best when I don't have things hanging over my head, so I'm getting a handle on all this stuff first.
Step 2: The Part Where I Say "No" More
This six months is for me. Not you. Sorry!
Step 3: Avoidance of The Bad
No more things that make me stressed/unproductive/uninspired! Within reason, of course.
Step 4: Cranking up The Good
- Learning new techniques!
- Reading knitting reference books!
- To-do lists!
- Connecting with crafty people!
- Taking yarny trips!
Step 5: The Part where I Claim My Workspace
-Turn the living room into a studio. Because seriously...we do not entertain that much.
-Inspiration board, here I come!
-New laptop! Or move the PC out of Thunk's study.
Step 6: See what happens!
Maybe this isn't the right recipe for Elli creativity...I may just find myself lounging on a beach somewhere with a schlocky novel. But a the very least this should churn things up a bit. I'm just hoping something good floats to the surface!
Mutant Baby Carrot Alert!!!
That's the scoop! Now that I've gotten this bear of an entry out of the way, maybe I can start posting about some of the things I've been working on. Also, tomorrow? The Fiber Event! Be still my heart.
*I've started this post over a few times now...it's been surprisingly hard to write without sounding like I'm beginning a new career as a lifestyle coach. Which I am not, thank goodness.