I am a serial projecteer. I collect projects. I think it’s an inherited trait that's combined with my creative brain. Pinterest is my nemesis and at the same time the best thing since sliced bread. Even if I have absolutely no intention of taking a project on, I create a board anyway. Just in case.
Part of #StartOverSeptember involved letting go of the projects that were clogging up my brain. In doing so, I was able to make way for new thoughts (and projects?!)…
Taking on projects is a great thing to do, don’t get me wrong. But when you don’t practice saying ‘no’ enough, to yourself or others, it results in taking on so much that you never finish anything. The saying ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ often applies to me. I want to have a go at everything, but that means I can’t give my full attention to any one thing. I planted a vegetable patch this year, something I have wanted to do for years. Because I had said yes to so many other things, I wasn’t able to plan for it properly and was often reading as I planted. I now find myself in October with an overgrown veg patch containing undergrown beetroot, along with a feeling of defeat. Shame being, this is something I would have liked to get right. Nevertheless, I learned a lot along the way that I can implement next year (or this autumn, apparently).
I don’t like feeling defeated. I don’t think many people do. It is for this reason that I’ve really been trying to practice saying no to things that I can’t manage, or don’t deep down want to do. From the outset, not weeks down the line. It’s clearly a work in progress, hence the veg patch, but every effort counts.
...I’ll probably still Pin obsessively, because I like doing it and it keeps me creative.