And I mean uphill because it’s work, but things are looking up. Thanks to a combination of being realistic and making lists, I am much less stressed than I was the middle of last week. Due to life in general, things have been more hectic lately than I had planned, so for the realistic part, I cut out a few things that instantly relieved stress. As I said last week, I skipping on December Giveaway Day. I didn’t even enter any one else’s giveaways…the first time in years! I was actually a bit upset about it, but I actually ended up feeling better. To cut out more stress, I also dropped my Firestarter Friday post. I was just too drained to think, so skipping it was better than putting up something awful and half-hearted. Finally, I (sadly) bumped my husband’s gift to his birthday. He gets the majority of presents on my list anyway, so i didn’t feel bad bumping it. Plus, I had a backup idea.
All those little things helped quite a bit. Plus, I made a list of the projects I have to get done and broke them down by steps. I am making my daughter a doll, and I broke it into two projects, the actual doll and her clothes. For the doll, I had cut out, embroider face, assemble and stuff each as their own step. This doesn’t actually make it any easier to get things done, but I do love having more things to cross off.
So what did I get done this week? Let’s see…
- Make grill mitts for my husband. Done!
- Assemble the memory game. Done!
- Finish pillow. Done AND wrapped!
- Cut out fabric for blanket. Done!
Add to that cutting out pieces for the doll, pieces for my mom’s gift, and helping L finish the last of her gifts. No wonder I feel so great! Once I get materials in the mail (ideally tomorrow), I will be able to get another gift done in about thirty minutes and then get cracking on that blanket again.
Hopefully I can keep this momentum going, because I feel great right now. I hope all of you, no matter what your plans, are having a relatively stress-free holiday season. See you tomorrow!