Thursday, October 9, 2008

10,20, 30 Minutes to Sew...

I remember a long time ago when I was having a hard time to find a balance in my life to include time for my creative side. Nancy Zieman, the sewing guru had a book come out entitiled 10,20,30 minutes to sew. She talked about how busy she was as a wife, mother, owner of a business and she said you can accomplish a great deal in just 10-30 minutes a day. I've kind of organized my sewing to fit into that schedule. My days start roughly at 5:00 am to 6:00 am. I try to work in exercise (I'm in that over 45 and need to exercise club). I do this for good health, flexibility and to prevent so many of the problems that come later in life. At my work in a physical therapy office, my boss said if I didn't want to become a patient, I needed to start taking care of myself now by exercising. Water aerobics is my first choice, but I also enjoy Leslie Sansome's walk away the pounds. Between being a mother of 4 children, having a husband who currently suffers from PTSD from his last tour of duty, working full time, I have a lot to do on any given day and I found that the 10,20,30 minutes makes an entire difference. I always try to have a project to take on the go. You never know if you are going to end up waiting at a Dr.'s office or for some other reason. I try to utilize all my time from lunch hours to TV and movie time. I found that the 10,20,30 minutes helps with ongoing chores such as laundry, dishes and cleaning. I try to enjoy the journey so I find a way to make time to sew and quilt. HAPPY SEWING!!!!

3 comments:

marciea casselman said...

Fantastic advice!! I have to admit that I generally get up a half hour earlier and sew. It's amazing how much you can get done in a short period of time. I have completed all of my swap meet squares and am now sewing them into strips, I have done some baby gifts, started and finished my turning 20, finished Strawberry Shortcake, the Sequel, started the Charlotte and many other things.
Thanks for the continued posts.

kalie & kevin chamberlain said...

So true. I squeeze in my reading then--5 mintues while I blow-dry my hair, 20 minutes during my commute (book on tape), 10 minutes during lunch... it adds up!

Alissa said...

This is great advice, and I've heard you talk about it before. I just have to figure out how to DO it!

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