Time is always a major obstacle for me. I keep so busy that there isn’t a lot of free time to fit in anything else. Urgent matters force me to give up other tasks or activities. Sometime, my wants take precedence. Like this week when I should be preparing for a yard sale. Instead, I took time to finish setting up my new sewing room.
It is important that I have my embroidery machine available both for my own projects and to test the machine embroidery designs that I create. So, the machines are all in place, foot pedals matched to the correct one and power cords in place. Wouldn’t you just know it; I can’t find any of the tools and equipment that allows me to get designs into the embroidery machine!
It looks like those items are still out in the garage in plastic bins that I haven’t gotten to yet because I was concentrating on the cardboard boxes. So, I took time from unpacking and organizing to set up the sewing room and didn’t have all of my equipment to begin with! What a waste of time for both sets of tasks. And, yet, all of my embroidery supplies are organized, so I can’t complain too much.
I still haven’t found my smaller embroidery machine. I’d love nothing better than to tear the garage apart until it’s found, but that would be a time-waster when my first priority should be the yard sale. The garage is my staging area, so creating chaos in there will not help me. What if the machine should still be missing? I’ll waste time being upset about it instead of concentrating on the odds and ends I hope to sell in a few days. Like I said, time is a big thing in my life.
Back in my corporate days, I had a boss constantly tell me to work smarter, not harder. Because my tasks took up every moment of every day, all of it beyond my control, it was truly a stupid sentiment from him. When it comes to my personal life, though, working smarter is something I very much can control. That is why machine embroidery is so important to me. It allows me to create beautiful items quickly, adding charm to my life in little ways. Doing it by hand may be more satisfying, but it would take too much time to get anything done. Harder or smarter? Utilizing machine embroidery designs is definitely smarter!
I must say that walking into my newly organized sewing room does give me a thrill of joy and accomplishment, even if my main embroidery machine is nothing more than a large, white decorative piece. When I do find the missing equipment, it will be ready to go. I guess that’s still better than having everything on hand but not having it in order enough to use it.
Either way, I think I deserve a trip to my favorite online embroidery design gallery. I just know there will be a great new free embroidery design there for me to reward myself with. I’ll worry about time later. Much later.