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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

My Complete Inability to Focus

I mentioned before (One Small Project Done) that in a past life I used to sew. A LOT. It was my primary source of income. Thanks to keeping a basic web presence for the sewing, I am picking up an occasional odd job. Actually, I've had about one a month for the past four months.

So tonight, as I was finishing some curtains a lady wanted made over from pinch pleat drapes to less formal tab style curtains, I was daydreaming.

pressing seams

I started to think of once again actually promoting a sewing business, cleaning up our little block outbuilding and making it into a storefront, letting my other jobs go and just sew and write. All the while I'm doing this, you understand, I'm sighing with frustration at my lack of interest in the particular sewing job I'm actually doing. Here's one completed panel, just laid on our couch.

tabbed curtain panel

I used to love to sew. Putting things together was like a great puzzle, and I was always thinking up new ideas and creating "stuff." Somewhere along the line I've lost a lot of the interest.

And what about the plan to be a writer? I'm having a hard time even doing that with my two jobs. And what about the fact that I would absolutely not want to tie myself down to one spot full time.

Yikes! What was I thinking? But this is one of my greatest faults. I can't seem to focus on any one dream or desire or project and really make it my full-time priority. I do something for a while and get tired of it, and switch to something else, and get tired of it, and... well, you get the point.

Anyway, the curtains are done and will be delivered tomorrow after I do more work assignments.

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jean pell said...

I am the same way. Start out with a passion and then slow down due to boredom. What is wrong with us? This is kinda making me nuts.

Ratty said...

I wish I could say that I'm any different. I keep my liking of old favorite things, but I lose interest in doing many of them.

Duxbury Ramblers said...

I had to chuckle, I to love sewing, even bought a new sewing machine last year (my old one which was not new when I inherited it had worn out through constant use) the new one is sat in my old ones wooden cabinet, it has been used 4 times. The old one was 97 years old and I tried to get the part for it but no joy.

wordsworkinc said...

What you really need to do is to get your sewing business up and running and bring in enough work so that you can afford to hire someone else to actually do it, freeing you to write, hike and whatever else you fancy.

wordsworkinc said...

What you really need to do is to get your sewing business up and running and bring in enough work so that you can afford to hire someone else to actually do it, freeing you to write, hike and whatever else you fancy.

Secondary Roads said...

Sounds like the first half of my working career. After a max of four years, move on to a new job and a new area. Seemed crazy at the time, but in the last half it all came together as unique preparation.

Lin said...

I used to do more sewing--when I was home and I could have all my sewing stuff out to use. Now it is too much effort to drag the machine out, only to put it away an hour later. I'm hoping to get back to quilting when the kids are gone and I have TIME again. I might even have a room in which to make a sewing room someday!

rainfield61 said...

We have dreams.

And we dream too much, until we lose focus.

Ann said...

I am exactly the same way. I've never been able to stick to just one thing. I get totally absorbed in something for a while, then it gets old and I get distracted by something else

RNSANE said...

You are not unique in that at all, Joan...in my younger days, I did decoupage and all sorts of needlework - crewel, embroidery, crosss titch, etc. I had themes for every room in the house and I constantly made gifts for others. I also catered for awhile and cooked constantly.

When my 21 year forensic nursing position ended and I retired, I gave away most of my 500 cookbooks
( those were what I acquired in my world travels ), except for a few favorites ) and, also, out went about a dozen craft kits that had been packed away in the garage for 15 years.

Now, it's blogging and photography. I wish I could get back to work, at least part time...but, at 68, I doubt it will happen.

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