I have made a number of quilts for people I love. I enjoy the process of making quilts; I like the repetition of chain piecing, the hum of my sewing machine, the scent of the heat of my iron on cotton fabric, and the quiet and reflective time it takes to create a quilt. When I am making a quilt for someone in particular, I spend time thinking about them and praying specifically for them while I am working on the quilt.
Today, my Janome sewing machine is in it’s case atop my sewing table in my office, my cutting mat and Omnigrid rulers sit nearby, and pieces for my latest quilt are tucked away in the cupboard. Waiting.
I have a full-time job so the time I have to spend on personal hobbies is limited. I am looking forward to retiring in three years but in the meantime time is precious. As much as I enjoy quilting I made a decision to put it away for the time being so I can devote my time to writing my memoir.
In order to do something that is important to us sometimes we have to make choices. We have to be consistent, persistent, and deliberate in order to reach the goals we set for ourselves. Have there been days I would rather have been working on a new quilt than sitting in my office writing? Of course! But for this season in my life I have made writing a priority and I am willing to make those sacrifices to pursue that which I feel I am called to do at this time.
Sometimes finding balance is a challenge, but I know the only way to finish this book is to put my tushie to cushie and write.
The question this week is: Do you have to sacrificing anything in order to move forward in your writing life? Why or why not?