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Not being perfect!

Wise words by CS Lewis and ones that I live by.

I've only gone and blown it...again! I have a fabulous person giving me advice on how to get my social media looking more coherant...and only 8 days into 2022 and I've been freestyling again 🙄 I can't be the only one? Do you struggle to keep to a formula?

I just get excited and post away...that's wrong...I know now...I will try harder.

The thing is I'm great at listening to people, solving their problems, coming up with wonderful ideas and creating amazing stitched pieces. However, I'm hopeless at following rules, sitting still and keeping within the lines. It's a bit like my workshop, I tidy, I organise, I streamline, I love it. But then I create, I'm inspired, I have new ideas, I pull out more fabric. Then there's that lace that would work perfectly. It's filed in the Lace drawer (seriously I have a lace drawer) but it will undoubtedly be at the back, under all this other rescued lace and how about some organza or that vintage zip (yup I have a drawer for that too!) And before I know it I've not only created a stunning piece of art but a trail of destruction behind me. I think I have a brain designed on a pinball machine, ping, ping, ping.

As a teacher, a pupil once told me that I was the most disruptive one in the class, I think they had a point. Now don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore organisation and everything having its place, I love a timetable, a schedule, a diary and couldn't get by without a list but I do rather thrive on the spontaneous and acting on instinct. Isn't that part of creativity?

Well that seems to be what happens with my social media. I know I need to plan and stick to it. I used to scuba dive, a lot, and our mantra was Plan the Dive, Dive the Plan, absolutely, it was imperative for our safety. There's no point swimming after a majestic sting ray or glorious turtle if you run out of air or lose your buddy. But let's be realistic no harm is going to come of me if I use the wrong font or post a picture of the dog. However, they're right a messy social media page is like looking in someone's jumble honest, we all have one, the place where the matches, string, birthday cake candles, dice, spare airbed plug and fairy light bulbs are to be found. It's sort of controlled chaos in there, it's all in one place, contained, you know you'll find what you want but when you open it, oh my it's quite off putting.

So yes it's true, I would love my page to be neat and tailored. And yes I will start again from where I am. I won't be deleting what has gone before as that is the path I've travelled. I've grown and learnt along the way, it will be good to look back at where I've come from. So please don't be afraid to keep me on task and if you see me stray a quiet, kind reminder would be greatly appreciated 🙏

Happy New Year to you all. May you keep on track and enjoy the journey too!

Love, Joanna

2022 Keeping my ducks in a row


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