As I’ve been thinking about being creative in this new year and as I’ve found myself feeling incredibly motivated to scrapbook, I’ve also been thinking about the stumbling blocks and distractions that in the past have thrown me off my creative course. Hand’s down the biggest one is time. Or, more specifically, lack thereof.
As important as creating physical space for creative endeavors is carving out time. This is no easy task for most of us. When you’re managing a family, full-time work, church and social activities, a house, and marriage, it can be difficult to set aside 10 minutes, let alone 2 hours, for your hobbies. Yet, in this New Year I’ve really started thinking about scrapbooking in similar terms to how my husband approaches his runing schedule.
Jeff is very disciplined about his running. He knows in advance what his anticipated mileage for the week should be and he plots out the necessary days/lengths of run to accomplish that goal. Sometimes that means spending four hours on a Saturday morning out on the trails or squeezing in a run after dark on a Sunday night. Regardless of the circumstances though, he runs.
I can’t exactly match the hours he spends running with scrapbooking, but I can adopt the same sort of mind frame and discipline. I can work towards being especially efficient when I do have a few moments (or hours) to spend in my craft room. I can gather ideas and jot notes throughout the week. And, I can allow myself to scrapbook guilt-free, meaning recognizing that capturing our family’s history is a meaningful way of contributing to our day-to-day lives. As meaningful and important as clean floors and dust-free tabletops.
So, how am I doing with making time? Well, so far so good! But, our family’s February and March are slated to be quite a bit busier than January, so the challenge will really be on now. I know, however, that I have 1.5 hours every Monday night for crafting — that’s a time when Jeff is bowling and my fellow crafting friend Sandy comes over to hang out with me and Adele. And, I’m committed to relishing that time! I may not always accomplish much in that 90 minutes, but I’m also allowing myself to be ok with leaving a project incomplete for days at a time or even lowering my expectations for the self-imposed perfection I strive to attain.
I think I’m writing this post because our calendar is so much more full in the coming weeks, and I want to encourage/remind myself to make time for the things I enjoy.