There have been lots of exciting things going on lately in the world of Uglibeads! Last week there was an auction, this week a new blog post, the weekly email newsletter came out yesterday (click here to sign up to receive those in future), and of course – big Etsy update happening tomorrow (9 AM MDT, Saturday October 10) – some new smoky ivory, marsala-y, cranberry-ish beads! And whatever else I have time to photograph before then 😉
And… just… stuff! Lots of good stuff happening lately. I’m always curious to know what’s behind it whenever I go through a really creatively productive time. As if there was some magic I could bottle up and put away for the next time the muse goes on vacation. Knowing my muse, she probably hasn’t unpacked her bags since she got home from the last one…
Unfortunately, there is no ‘muse magic’. But there is yoga. And that’s kind of the same thing.
Now…. when I say ‘yoga’, I really mean, ‘that thing I do for myself because it makes me feel joyful, and connected, and powerful, and peaceful, and grounded, and balanced, and AWESOME.’ It’s a shorthand. When I say ‘yoga’, replace it with whatever it is that does the same for you. Your joyful, connected, happy, awesome thing.
So I love yoga. A lot. It’s become a vital part of my creative practice. If you asked me what the most important tool is in my studio, I might say my yoga mat. It calms me, it helps me focus so I can sit for longer and have a more productive day at the torch, it helps decrease shoulder and back pain from sitting hunched over, it helps me to keep my mind clear when I’m working on new ideas… It’s a no-brainer. But even so, sometimes I really struggle to set aside even 10 minutes a day. Every morning, I think, ‘Yikes… I have so much to do today… I just don’t have time.” If I happen to look over at my desk and see the ‘to-do-list’ staring at me, that’s it. No yoga.
But recently, I had a revelation during – of course – an online yoga class. In the middle of some long, drawn-out pose, the teacher (Felicia Tomasko, yogaglo) was chatting about the ever-present ‘to-do-list’, that (frustratingly) never really gets shorter, no matter how hard you work away at it. As soon as you cross something off, you remember something else that needs doing, and it gets added to the list.
So, as she so wisely said (loosely paraphrased by me – I was too busy breathing to take notes),
the real victory is not in crossing things off your to-do list,
it is in *setting aside the to-do list*
to make time for the things that are really important to you.
Lying flat on my back on my yoga mat, taking that all in, a lot of things suddenly made a LOT of sense. Things that bring you joy, things that bring you closer to the people you love or closer to yourself… those are MUST do’s. Not to-do’s.
Just for fun, I experimented this week, keeping a running list on a pad of yellow legal paper. All the things I needed to get to during the week to keep Uglibeads running smoothly. Usually I just sort of keep it ‘up here’ in my head, or on about 83 post-it-notes stuck all over my desk. But I must say, I felt a little calmer having it all in one place. I’m about 95% less likely to forget something, and there’s comfort in that.
Do you know that feeling? It goes something like this:
I picked up some beautiful new inspiration…
Thanks so much for joining me – until next time!