Monday, May 2, 2011

Drawing A Line In The Sand




As a lover of "sayings" this one is very apt for me today.  It is 2nd May and I have drawn a line in the sand so to speak.....  This day will mark a historic day in the history of my blog.




I am closing some doors and re-opening old and new ones.  Sometimes you just have to get back to basics to follow your true path......  Do I have you confused yet?  Well you are not alone because I am too........  But what I do know is that I want an uncomplicated life, one of no deadlines, no self beatings and no personal pressures.  I want to do what I do because I love it and for no other reason and to do it with joy and at leisure.

If you are a long time reader of my blog you will know that my friends, family and home are the most important things in my life and that of course is always my first priority.  My sewing and pets are also great loves.  I feel like I have put myself under immense pressure for a long time to run my little home business successfully, keep my ebay shop ticking over, keep my house and everyone in it happy and to keep producing new projects continously.   So much so that I have ignored "me".

As from today there will be no more personal pressures, no more self beatings because I missed a deadline that I put on myself and no more self scrutiny which is my biggest enemy. 

 As from today I am going to sew because I feel like it - I am going to spend countless hours in the sewing room sewing whatever takes my fancy - No lists no deadlines and certainly no expectations.  I am going to bake - For no reason only because I can.........  I am going to do the things I love all day long........

So what has brought on this carefree new attitude???  Permanent Monday's off for a little while.

  A day for me to do what I want to do !!  A "Fee" day and I am going to take this new opportunity with both hands and embrace it. 

"EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON" - I am a firm believer in that and this new day of freedom I believe is a chance to regain some of the joys in my life and to shed the pressures that seem to have been placed on my shoulders for some time.

Look for the new but subtle changes as I shed some of lifes responisbilities if only for one day a week.

Now let me show you what I have been doing this weekend.



I finished Block 1 of Lynette Anderson's New Christmas Quilt.




I started Block 1 of Gail Pan's Berries and Bluberries Quilt



And I have Block 4 of Anne Sutton's Henrietta's Whiskers" ready to stitch.

So I will be off now to enjoy my first "Fee" Day and to pop by all of my favourite blogs at leisure with a nice cup of coffee.  I'll be back soon to tell you all about it.

Hugs - Fee XX





45 comments:

BubzRugz said...

Great idea... have a wonderful day... I wonder what you have got planned....your stitching all looks so lovely...
Hugz

hopemitch said...

You Go Girl. Have a great day. When the little joys in our lives turn into chores it is time to reconsider priorities. I have very limited time to sew due to outside the home work but I got so bogged down with what other people want that I too forgot about me. Time to bring the fun back. Have a great day! :) hopemitch@yahoo.com

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Enjoy your "Fee" days - you deserve each and every one!

Isabella said...

Good for you Fee enjoy your life you only get the one in this world so go for it girl

Melinda said...

Sounds like a great idea for you. I tried sewing school uniforms for a while for money, but I hated every second of it. Sewing should be fun and relaxing.

Jan said...

Good for you, Fee! You're a wise woman. Enjoy your 'me' time.

shez said...

Have fun on your Fee days,enjoy and take time to smell the roses.

rosie said...

Fee, I hope you enjoy each and every moment of your 'you' time. One of my favorite sayings is "Everything happens for a reason". Hope the pressures let off for you.
Take care

Lizzie said...

Good for you Fee, I did that a while ago. My blog, my time, my decisions..! Me time is very important, good luck with it and stick to your guns...
Lizzie
xxx

Christine said...

I so feel the same, I have been working nearly 20 years in the industry and the last nearly 4 years my own business.
I have decided to stop teaching for a while from the end of June and can't wait to no longer have to think about getting samples, class notes and so on ready.
Will still do my longarm but not as much, I find I need to do what I want without feeling guilty.
Have fun....
Christine

Kerryanne English said...

'Fee Day' sounds perfect and just what has been needed. Enjoy your special 'ME' day Fee.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Allie said...

FEE - this is fabulous - I love this idea so much! I'm so happy for you. I think we all need to find the balance...you know the old saying, if mama ain't happy, nobody's happy....I think this is just the ticket. Let's see, what day can I take off, lol??? I wish you every happiness, dear Fee!

RobynK said...

A 'Fee' day sounds like a great idea! Make sure you have enough of them in the future too as I find these days free up my creativity and I come up with new ideas.

Mommarock said...

BRAVO!!! I think you will find if you sew because you WANT TO.. you will create your best work ever..You started on this quilty adventure because you wanted to enjoy it.. It only makes sense that you should be continuing it for the same reason.. pure JOY! Have some fun FEE :)

Mistea said...

Sounds like a perfect arrangement - Enjoy all the minutes!
Your stitching is always so pretty - love the Henrietta Whiskers block.

Debs said...

Yes, you go girl. We all can do it - and be better wives and mums because we look after ourselves.
Have fun and enjoy who you are.:-)

Mrs Shepo said...

We all need a Fee (Me) day, it is great therapy and also helps with the sanity . Also my favourite saying, I seem to find reason to say it most days. Enjoy today and all your Mondays Fiona. Cheers Pat.

Maree: said...

Well Done on giving Yourself a Day Off..I recently did that too being Wednesdays...to do whatever.
Enjoy!.. you will be Surprised what a Difference it will make to YOU.
Hugs
xx

Wendy B said...

Woohoo Fee.....that's a great choice! If we don't look after number one, everyone else suffers so it's important to put you first!
Hope you're having a wonderful FEE day!
sugary hugs
XX Wendy :O)

teresa said...

Good on you Fee... I am thrilled to hear you are going to put yourself first for a change! Enjoy every second of your Fee day... you deserve it. Love those blocks you've done too. mwah

Julie said...

well done fee - it's about time too! while my life was nowhere near as demanding as yours, i 'simplified' it a while ago and the difference it has made is priceless.
and i so agree with what debs has said!
enjoy your special time.
xoxoxo

Joy said...

Brilliant news :o)!!!!
Having that Monday each week is going to be just what you need. Time for YOU and just for YOU. I'm so pleased Fee ... enjoy it dear one!!!
Love n hugs,
Joy :o)

Jo in TAS said...

Yey for you Fee! You'll love your Mondays off, I know I do even though mine aren't always "Jo" days I enjoy them. I'm having a "Jo" afternoon, bit of blogging then back to the stitching room...just because!!
Big Hugs
Jo

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Good for you! Sometimes we get so busy doing thing we forget to enjoy them. It takes a wise person to recognize this is what is happening to them and an even wiser one to do something about. Enjoy your day and many more to come!

Melody said...

What a great idea. I love your new projects too. Have lots of fun today.

The Vintage Journal said...

Dear Fee,a Fee day, that is fantastic, you go for it and I`m sure it will recharge you, and things will get better than ever, your designs are so pretty, I love then, and your blog too. Angela.

darcey said...

Hi Fiona....good on you. Several years ago I started giving myself Mondays off. Some Mondays I sew, some I go for visits, walks, shopping, and sometimes I purposely do nothing. It's sort of an empowering choice. Enjoy.
Darc
xxoo

Jenny of Elefantz said...

You deserve it...and finally you're doing it. {{{{{yay, Fee!!}}}}}
Hugs
Jen
xxx

Christine said...

Enjoy your 'Fee' days. Friday is my 'me' day and I love it!
Love all your blocks ... you are going to have some beautiful quilts.

Annie said...

Fee's Free.....sometimes us elastic ladies just can't quite stretch far enough. I am envious muchly!!

Sue W ♥ said...

Good on you, enjoy YOUR day

Michelle said...

We all need a 'Me' day! Mine don't come as often as once a week, but they are so good not only do I benefit but so does my family!

Pauline said...

great to hear miss fee....you deserve it...one can only do so much...you take your fee day and you enjoy them..cheers

Jen said...

How I envy your time away from it all. You have given me food for thought...perhaps I too can take time out for myself for a change. Well done!

Cardygirl said...

Enjoy your "Fee" day & more to come!

May Britt said...

You deserves not only one Fee-day but many many Fee-days :) Quilting is about having fun, not feeling any pressure and deadlines.

Dawn said...

Go Fee Fee...the best news...ejoy every moment... your so worth it..
Love and Hugs Dawn x x

Stitched With Prayer said...

Fee, I am so excited for you! The joy of the quilting, sewing, stitching...whatever it is we want to do, even reading a good book, shouldn't be clouded by guilt and the pressures of deadlines. Enjoy your "Fee" time to the fullest. I love the projects you are working on and look forward to seeing them come together. Hugs...

Marilyn said...

Good for you Fee. Enjoy your day each week, and guard it carefully. It is definitely what is needed in a life as busy as yours.
Love your stitching.
Hugs.

Sunnybec said...

Good for you! Since I retired I have come to appreciate all the "Me" time now have. Enjoy!!

kathyros said...

I applaud you loudly for your decision Fee. I have often wondered how you fitted everything in and WORKED out of home as well, you are amazing.
Good for you taking the day off, you wont know yourself! Have a lovely time in the sewing room. I am working towards 2013 when i get LSL and then I am hoping to drop a day or so as well, fingers and toes I make it still with some sembelence of sanity :)

retdairyqueen said...

Good for you
You deserve some Fee time

Sue said...

Sounds like a great idea Fee. It is always nice when your enjoy what you are doing. I think we all need to take a step back sometimes.

Sew Useful Designs said...

Hi sweetheart!

I really needed to read this blog post today... what was it you were saying... everything happens for a reason???!!! I've been doing the ole' self-pressure thing too and it's not much fun is it? Time to take a leaf out of your book sweet pea! You know what? I'm going to start a new project!!

have a wonderful Mothers' Day tomorrow Fee, and happy birthday to Caitlin!

Hugs! Vikki xoxo

Michelle May (Shell) said...

I can relate all to well and I think this is a wonderful idea. Celebrate you Fee! You deserve a day off. :)
xx, shell