This year, I have felt like I’m in some kind of funk. I have been lacking motivation and ideas. I get in front of my sewing machine, sew a couple of lines and then take a break. As the year progressed, I noticed the time spent on social media (especially Instagram) increased and by the beginning of June it was at least 2 hours a day. The constant visual stimuli of Instagram, and watching what others were producing (which felt like over productivity) was feeding the inadequacy I was feeling. I was feeling anxiety about not making progress around my own work.
With my birthday being around the corner, I decided to take a break from social media for the month of June. My hopes were to take time to find me again. My goals for this month were:
- Take some me time
- Take an Instagram break
- Work on my book for 1 hour each day
- Spend a minimum of 1 hour sewing every day
Everyone was so supportive about taking a break. I lost only 2 followers on Instagram after the announcement. Those that might be wondering about how it all turned out, I got some mixed results. The biggest lesson I learnt was I need to expand it to all electronic use, unless I need to use it to accomplish the tasks I sent forth. Why? Well, you might all of a sudden binge watch all episodes of House and Dawsons Creek. 😉
Some of the positives, I was more present and more focused. I found I was more open to some design inspiration and did collect more of my book thoughts. I got some quilt this done but not as much as I would have liked (due to the binge watching).
I did manage to add a new cubby to my solid fabric storage and its all stored based on color card order.
I was more present in my life. I visited Saxapahaw, NC for my birthday …
…and my little one graduated elementary school. So proud of him, as he was awarded the technology award for his track and grade.
I did find that my mind is more open, so designs came fast and hang around in my head until I got them down on paper. I found my expressing some of my feelings in some of these. Captions are provided to explain some of the inspiration.
Crack of Light – inspired by hope of light that shines through when times are dark.
Pressure – pressure on an object causes it to give, become divided or split.
Road markings inspired by temporary lines that were drawn due to road closures.
Inspired by a image of a vintage tractor grate.
Playing with lines, inspired by volume sound bars.
What my minimalist Log Cabin design would look like.
Improvisation lines and frames inspired by ladders steps
I did make some progress on a few quilts. I have multiple projects in different stages.
I worked on some binding projects. Two of which are book quilt finishes.
…finished a couple of quilt tops.
Coliseum Quilt – A book project
Correlation Matrix – work on my 100 days of colored angles.
… worked on some straight line quilting for my rotating spokes book project.
…and finished of one quilt that was shipped off to a magazine. It should be published in November, when I will have a big reveal.
So, all in all pretty productive. I will definitely be considering another one this year. I am thinking that it should be something I do at least once every six months.
Have you tried a social media break? What worked and what didn’t work?