I am definitely a creature of habit.
This is something I’ve discovered over and over in the course of running a business for the last five years. When I first started, I was on my own, working out of a spare bedroom in my house, setting my own schedule and doing things at my own pace. I had total control and freedom.
And it was tough. It was hard to know when work began and ended. Prioritization was difficult. I felt like I was always working and always not-working at the same time.
Since then, things have changed dramatically. I have a wonderful studio to commute to (via a short walk), a fairly set schedule, and a somewhat more well-defined role, not to mention three other people to help share the burden.
Of those things, creating a routine for myself has been the most beneficial thing I’ve done for my mental health and wellbeing. There is time for work, and there is time for life. I don’t freak out about work when I’m not there. This in turn has given me more space to appreciate everything else: my home, my marriage, my friends, my family, my garden, my spiritual practice, my health, my hobbies, travel. You know. Life.
I have routines built around other things too. I meditate every morning at the same time. I make breakfast (usually a smoothie or oatmeal, like the yummy baked cinnamon oatmeal shown above that I ate this week). I exercise almost every day after breakfast. Right now, I’m trying to learn some Spanish, so I do my lessons every day while I drink coffee.
Far from feeling confining, these routines free me to make fewer decisions and just do the things I want to do every day. There’s no agonizing or fighting with myself or balancing priorities.
This made me wonder if others have routines built around their hobbies and interests? Do you have time you set aside for sewing? I’m curious if any of you have created a sort of sewing “practice”?