OK, Dear Readers. This isn't going quite as planned.
I'd planned by now, nearly halfway through the year, to have made enormous leaps and bounds and huge artistic strides to great new designs and innovative coolness.
This, however, hasn't happened. Let's see what's going on, shall we?
* I started out with an Inspirational Journal. I am no longer using it. It's buried under papers.
* I started out with a stack of books so I could learn new techniques. So far they're still in a stack, although I've flipped through a few and read one.
* I've spent an inordinate amount of time in bed, reading a heck of a lot of novels, fighting a heck of a lot of migraines. I know I can't help that, but it still has been a huge time suck.
* I haven't even made all that much jewelry at all.
So I've got the "Time Off" part down pretty well!
But that wasn't The Plan.
So what have I done?
Well, I started lampworking, although all I can do is make spacers, and I did take two cold connections classes, but I haven't used the techniques since. I haven't updated my web site daily, like I'd planned, but then I have contracted for a NEW web site to be built.
So I guess it's not a total loss yet.
One thing I HAVE done my level best to do is stop looking at what everyone else is doing so as not to compare their progress with mine. It's crushing to feel like the world is passing me by, so while I still visit blogs, there are certain ones that I bypass (not that they ever comment anyway!) and focus instead on relaxing and getting well and rejuvenating.
I'm afraid I'm disappointing everyone, and I so don't want to do that. But there comes a point where I have to realize I'm just not able to do it all in a certain amount of time given my health and other obligations. I'm not giving up -- far from it. What I'm doing is regrouping, taking a deep breath, and remembering what this was supposed to be all about.
Lori Anderson designs jewelry for Lori Anderson Designs. She also writes for the blog Pretty Things.