So back in February, I posted about how I decided to take on a new writing opportunity to blog for mom.me. Well, after two months of that, I quit! Shortest writing “career” ever? Haha, maybe. I tried it. I liked some of the things about it. It definitely pushed me to write about different topics and in a way that’s completely different from how I write here on this blog. I got to connect with some new people. I liked the paycheck 😛
But it was stressful. For a slow writer like me, and a maaaajor procrastinator, it was too much. The second I finished one piece, it was time to start another. When I had submitted all the posts for one month, I had to come up with new ideas for the next month. I don’t mind having a deadline, in fact, it’s sometimes the only way I’ll get anything done. But this was like having deadline after deadline with no end in sight. I’d have a cloud of stress and guilt hanging over me all month long and know that it would be there the following month (and the month after that). Plus it just didn’t feel like my “style.” I found myself putting out posts that I wasn’t necessarily proud of, just to meet my quota.
So after two quick months, I threw in the towel. I’m glad I tried it, but it seemed silly to put myself through all that. I did feel some guilt and had to admit my privilege of being able turn down a paycheck simply because the work was stressing me out. But after I quit, I felt nothing but relief. So I knew I had made the right choice. It feels good to have some time back. Time to go walking, time to cook, time to sew.
And boy, have I been sewing! I hadn’t been doing much sewing at the beginning of this year but I committed to my usual Miss Matatabi Makers posts and then joined Rae’s Small World Tour and then Kids Clothes Week hit and I just ran with it! And when I decided not to blog for mom.me anymore I felt this huge urge to take the time to sew all the things for ME! I’ve been collecting so much fabric and so many patterns with plans to make myself a new wardrobe, but those projects always get pushed to the bottom of the list. So I declared May the month to sew for ME. And so far I’ve made myself 6 new things (SIX!) and I’ve still got plans for at least a few more!
This spark just happened to coincide with Me Made May, an annual challenge for sewers/knitters to wear at least one handmade (or refashioned) article per day. Last year I watched tons of people post their daily pictures of awesome handmade clothes and I decided that I wanted to participate the following year. Which of course, is this year! So though I didn’t take the official pledge and commit to anything in particular (some people give themselves different challenges based on what’s appropriate for them), I have been wearing and documenting at least one piece of handmade clothing per day! Which is really exciting! And challenging!
I’ve been pulling stuff out from the back of the closet, things that I didn’t even remember I had. It’s been interesting to see what I actually wear and what I don’t. I’ll probably save my thoughts for a reflection at the end of the month, but if you’d like to keep up with the day to day action, be sure to follow along on Instagram! The official hashtag is #mmmay15 and there are currently over 8,700 pictures on IG just from the last 19 days! So much handmade loveliness and inspiration!
As for this blog, I’ll probably be coming and going. As much as I love to share what I’m working on here, I’m finding Instagram to be so much faster and simpler for sharing and really fun and rewarding too. There’s a fun and active community there so I feel like I’m still meeting people and having conversations and learning and growing. So sorry for cheating on you, blog, but Instagram has stolen my heart!
You can find me @youandmie and follow along all my Me Made May posts and sewing works in progress and some cute pics of my kids too 🙂
Are you participating in MMM? What’s your favorite piece of clothing that you’ve made for yourself?
Until next time!