Friday, June 28, 2013

Finish What You Started

Am I the only one who gets totally overwhelmed with projects I want to do?  I see something that looks cool on Pinterest or find a recipe to try, sewing pattern to attempt, or a book I want to read, so I pin, or sometimes I buy the book, or some uncommon ingredient like almond flour (I'm looking at you French macaroons!), or even get the fabric cut out and then it sits.  Sometimes for weeks or months, sometimes even longer.  A little while ago, I realized that a lot of the clutter in my life is from unfinished projects.  They weigh me down every time I see the visual reminder of a cut out dress in my sewing room, or the almond flour in my pantry, not to mention the mental wear of another thing on my unfinished list. 

So what's a girl to do?  Well, finish it.  Read the book, sew the dress, make those darn French macaroons.  And you know what, it feels good to finish things.  Even if it doesn't turn out as fabulously as I was hoping, I still get a little buzz from completing it.  It's a two fold win.  First off, the project is done and secondly, I don't have to look at it's unfinished body laying around my house taking up room any more. 

I don't think I'll ever be the kind of person who can focus on one project and work it from start to completion.  I like to have several projects going at once, but unless I finish them, they don't really count for much.  I'm trying to consciously focus on finishing things.  I've been trying to finish more than I'm starting and it's been kind of interesting dragging out old works in progress in my sewing room and finishing them.  Not all have been a rousing success but at least they're done.  And that feels good in itself.

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