Yesterday, I wrote about UFOs and picking your project. Today, I write about time. As in, it is fleeting, and madness is taking it’s toll.
My next vending event is next weekend. Fortunately, I have no costumes I need to make for this event. Unfortunately, two weeks after that, I DO have costumes I need to make. Which I don’t have time to make. Because I committed to this blog. One post a day from 3/16 until 4/21. And in yesterday’s post, I mentioned the importance of practicing willpower. But all things come at a cost.
Time is a finite resource. We all have the same twenty four hours. But the time I spend writing this blog is time I am not spending sewing costuming. There is only so much one can do in a day. Generally need to sleep for 8 hours. I work for 8 hours at my day job. And I spend at least 1.5 hours eating. Another hour at the gym…the gym is not my natural habitat, but I am trying to take better care of myself so that I am able to make the most of the other 23 hours in my day. Spend one to two hours maintaining my various animals (three birds, three cats, two dogs), and cleaning my house.
Which leaves me 3 hours to work on my business. Three hours to blog, to check inventory, to make signs, to plot videos, to plan outfits, and to sew…which I can’t do until I finish this quest of one blog a day.
Because by choosing to write one blog a day, I have to give something else up. Giving up sleep and eating are impractical for health reasons. For the same reason, I can’t give up going to the gym. My health is the only thing allowing me to keep up with everything else. Until Damask Raven is a self-sustaining business, I need my day job, so I have to give that my all during the 8 hours I’ve committed to it. So three hours to blog, sew, and run a business in general.
But wait! What about weekends? No, I do not work the day job on the weekends. Usually. Except when I do work the weekends so that I can take a long weekend to vend for Damask Raven. While this is not a common occurrence, and I have had several weekends between March 16 and now, I usually take several hours on the weekend to NOT work. On anything. Because hitting the go button without pause leads to high stress burnout. And collapse. Which is what happened last October through December. Three months to re-collect myself and get back on track. So yes, downtime is a requirement.
So, rather than beat myself up over NOT getting costuming done for Miss Fisher Con, I dug in to my existing costuming closet, found some appropriate alternatives to wear, and have moved on. Once I get through the next week of blogging, I can start prepping my costumes for Costume College. And I won’t be blogging every day, and making towels for sale, and prepping dances for performance pieces. And I will be motivated and focused on completing the very best costuming I can for Costume College. Having chosen my outfits, I am excited to start working on them. Only my willpower keeps me chugging along on this pre-existing project.
But April 24th, the new madness begins.