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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Out of Sorts

Have you ever been like a bird that flits from one thing to the other? Have you ever done that and got so overwhelmed by your lack of focus that it made you somewhat nuts? And gave you small anxiety attacks? Well, that's been my week.



I am blaming my short attention span to the wedding. I don't mean that in a negative way, it's just that's been our FOCUS for the last few months. Now that the wedding is past us (and the kid's are sailing to the Western Carribean as I write you) I realize that there is so much that I let go while preparing for the wedding. And now, there's too many things to focus my attention and energy on. Too many things that need my attention and too many things vying for a piece of me.

Work is insane. Hence a small anxiety attack followed by some really negative self-talk about not being able to handle this job (insert rolling eyes here...). I know that we are busy and yea, I am behind on a few projects but not enough to make me hyperventilate. Which I did and which is terribly perplexing.

Cross stitch is everywhere too. I can't focus on just one project and I can't stitch for more than an hour or so cause I get all fidgety. I've worked on a Prairie Schooler Santa from Santa and Snowmen. It should have been an easy-peasy finish, except, I can't count. Frogs.

Then I came across a blog devoted to smalls, Stitching Smalls with Friends so I had to start an autumn design. I decided to do a small Plum Pudding Needleart freebie called Blessed Be. I thought that it would be fast and easy...Nope. No attention span. Fractured attention span.

So, I decided to write here for a little bit and then go for a walk. It's a gorgeous day so I should at least spend a bit of time outside because before to long it will be too cold and snowy to walk outdoors.

Then maybe I'll be a little more focused and can make a dent in my autumn design.


Glenna said...

Be gentle with yourself; post-wedding must be like post-partum a little. I think a nice walk, a little extra sleep, and even an hour of stitching gets you somewhere....

By the way, gorgeous wedding pictures--her gown was breath-taking.

Melissa said...

Hi Joanie,

I understand and share your pain about work! I think for me, I just wrote down lists and organized priorities. I reviewed them with other people to ensure that they understand, then little by little chip away at it.

But there's always the hump before getting control of things. You're at the hump stage but the sorting out and moving forward will come!

Going outside for a walk, play in your garden I find that all helps.

Hang in there!

Vonna said...

Hi Joanie,
I've looked and read every last bit of the wedding account and I thought the wedding was beautifully done, wonderfully perfect! And I know what it takes to get a wedding done, My Mom and I did mine - flowers, church, reception...everything. After all that build up, it's just like the get in a little slump afterward. I'm sure that all will even out in the next days :o)
You've had a lot going on!

Jackie said...

Don't be so hard on yourself! A walk is a great idea...clear your mind. A plan will come to you.

And hour of stiching sounds like heaven!

Cindy said...

Hang in there :)

I have a lot of projects started around the house, and have had trouble sticking with them. I am totally overwhelmed with trying to sort through my stash...and get so disgusted and frustrated with it! I'm trying to do a little bit at a time every day.

Brigitte said...

It's not always easy to stick with everything that needs to be done. Just take it one step after the other. And try to squeeze in a walk or an hour of stitching to get focused again. And as Vonna says: all will even out.

Jeanne - WillowTreeStitcher said...

Think it's just going to take a little time to readjust. I agree that's probably like the post-holiday syndrome. Pick a couple of simple things if you can and focus on those. It looks like the wedding was just lovely and seems like not very long ago when they got engaged. The time really flew by! When I look at my stash and WIPs sometimes I feel just overwhelmed, then you add the house upkeep, job stress - well I know how you feel. I try to focus on a few tasks that I can finish which helps me feel more in control. :)