When I was moving out of my old apartment a couple of months ago, one of the funny things was seeing all the stuff for my hobbies. Some were supplies for things that I didn’t have time to do. It was all stuff I had good intentions for. Fabric for the apron I never made. Parts of the crochet afghan I started back in 1997. Some of it was for interests that I have moved away from, ready to learn something new.
When you spend as much time reading blogs as I do, you see a lot of good ideas. Reading blogs has replaced magazines and television for me. There’s a lot of talent out there and a lot of inspiration. I bookmark countless ideas. I love them all.
For me, it’s entertainment, mostly. I’d rather see how something new and creative is made than watch a reality show on television with fake drama. I like learning new skills. It looks really interesting and comes with pretty pictures in all my favorite colors.
Lately have you seen the instructions for homemade sprinkles for your cupcakes? That’s something that I would never have thought to make.
And that’s my dilemma: trying to decide what to spend my time on when I see so many nice ideas each and every day.
I see someone else do something, and I think, “How interesting.”
That becomes “If they can do it, maybe I could do it.”
And somehow in my brain that morphs into, “and maybe I should do it.”
Suddenly my true priorities and plans have been swept aside by pictures of pink handmade sprinkles. Before someone calls me anti-sprinkle, let me just say that they are super cute, surely much better than the store-bought variety, and I think whoever came up with them is creative and clever.
I just don’t think it’s a coincidence that one of our biggest challenges is time management and priorities. We see the things that other people are doing and try to do them all.
Did you know that when I was getting ready to move, I almost bought art supplies so I could take up painting while we were here in Italy? I thought that sounded like a good idea. I still do — I think it’s a nice idea, but since I find creative outlets with writing and photography, the realities of my life with two small kids mean the art supplies would likely stay unused.
Just because I could do something, doesn’t mean I should. I have to protect my time from all of my good ideas.
If the homemade sprinkles fit into the plan (maybe as an activity for quality time with someone), then great. Otherwise I’ll just enjoy looking at the photos while I’m on a break before I close the computer and return to my day.
Congratulations to Cate, Rana, Jackie, Julianna, Heidi, and Sheri for winning a copy of Simple Blogging, and thanks to all of you who commented on the giveaway post with such encouragement. It felt so great to read your comments this weekend.