One Word with Jean: Balance

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Have a Cookie

Especially as women, we’re expected to balance everything — diets, budgets, family and work. People make it sound easy enough, but balance is elusive. Balance is about mixing some fun in with work, mixing me-time with we-time. We forget that one of our obligations is to be true to our “self”. So go ahead. Balance the cookies in life too.

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Photo by Snapwire

Not that I’m encouraging anxiety-eating, (believe me, I’ve been down that road.) I am encouraging each of us to take time for ourselves even when everyone in the world seems to be tugging at our sleeves in dire need of attention.

Little Things Count

The older I get, the more I enjoy the little things in life; they are my cookies. They are small and fleeting. Little things provide an unexpected yet immediate link to the present. They are more likely to be a nice surprise rather than an expensive dessert.

Sewing a small project is a cookie. A mug rug with an inspirational design can provide you with some me-time. Giving an hour or two over to an easy, creative task is as good as a bubble bath and a glass of wine. Plus I have a mug rug to show for my time spent crafting.

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Sunporch Studios

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How many of us have “that project”? The one that’s been relegated to the closet for years because we can’t face the amount of work that’s left. Small projects like mug rugs allow you to explore colors and patterns without committing the time and energy to a full sized quilt.

This braid border is a beautiful pattern. But the pieces are small and there are lots of seams involved. Sewing a braid border for a 6 in. square is much easier than a quilt. If I don’t like the colors I can always do another. In the meantime I have a quiet hour or two of mindfully working with my hands, and I’m rewarded with a finished quilt block. One day there will be enough “One-Words” to quilt into a large piece. But that is a cookie for a different day.

Today you can enjoy your cookie. Take a little time to try one of our sentiment panels in one of your craft projects.

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My Craft Table

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Here are some of the supplies I used for One Word: Balance (You’ll have to find your own cookies.)