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Finding Balance

aka: “How my wardrobe went from 90% handmade to 25% handmade in a month and why I don’t care.”

aka: “How I’m trying to rein in my slightly obsessive tendencies and live a more balanced life.”

aka: “Why you’re not likely to see lots of Facebook activity from me in the near future.”

It’s been pretty quiet around here lately, and inevitably, some of you have started to notice.

So what have I been doing the last couple of months?  Well, traveling a lot, of course, but thankfully I’m done with that for a while (I will get photos from my Spain trip up … eventually).  It’s been many years since I had to travel a lot for work and I’m not eager to return to that lifestyle.  I guess I’m a homebody at heart.

Apart from the traveling, I’ve been catching up on 9 months of sleep, reading, and watching Gilmore Girls for the fourth time in preparation for the new season releasing next week.  On a side note, is anyone else as excited to go back to Stars Hollow as I am??

I’ve also finally gotten myself back into an exercise routine.  I somehow managed to put on 20 pounds over the last two years, and I had enough of it.  I’m all on board the self-love train, would never body shame myself or anyone else, and am of the “dress the body you have, not the body you wish you had” ilk.  But still, I think we all have a picture of ourselves in our head, and for quite a while now, my image in the mirror did not match the picture in my head.  On top of that, I wasn’t eating great, and felt sluggish and rundown all the time.

So I’ve started a 6-week bootcamp program that so far I LOOOOVE!  After less than two weeks, my stomach is flat again for the first time in at least a year, and I’ve lost about 1.5″ from my hips and about 1″ from my waist.  And I still have 4 weeks to go!  I’ll do a full-on review with before and after photos when it’s all done, but in the meantime, if anyone is interested, the link is here (affiliate link).

I must admit that I’ve also been recovering from election stress.  I fall within the 50% of the country that was shocked and somewhat devastated by the results of the US presidential election, so I’ve kind of been holing up and trying to figure out how to be positive and empathetic for the next four years.  It hasn’t always been easy.

But I am trying to channel the anger and frustration I feel into action.  My first action has been to reclaim the title of “feminist” for myself after seeing just how far we still have to go before women are treated equally.  I’ve recruited a group of friends with similar sentiments and we’re educating ourselves on modern feminism and feminist literature.  First up is the book How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (affiliate link).

And I have spent less than 20 minutes total at my sewing machines since the beginning of October.  And you know what, it’s felt really good!  I have a tendency to get a little obsessive about my hobbies, and this past year I’ve been particularly bad about it.  I’ve been spending multiple hours in front of my sewing machines almost every night, foregoing much-needed sleeping, exercise, and all the other hobbies that I also enjoy.

I am slowly starting to reacquaint with my sewing machines, and my hope is that I can be a little more balanced overall.  In that vein, I went out a got a whole bunch of RTW work clothes at the Columbus Day sales last month.  I was tired of not having work clothes that fit, and my irrational need to make all of them was a big part of the problem, and a big part of why I was chronically exhausted.  After a couple of shopping runs at Banana Republic and Ann Taylor, my closet is nice and full, and the sewing pressure is off.  And so that’s how I went from a 90% handmade wardrobe to a 25% handmade wardrobe in a month!

I will start slowly repopulating my handmades, but I want to be more deliberate about it.  I’d like to focus more of my attention on items that take more time and detail like pants, button ups, and maybe a blazer.  That will mean turning out 2-3 items per month rather than 2-3 per week like I was doing.

Whew! That was a lot of words!  Well it does feel nice to be back in this space.  I will try to appear more often 🙂  In the meantime, I’ll leave you with just a few photos from my Spain trip!

Katie goes to Spain

Katie goes to Spain

Katie goes to Spain

0 thoughts on “Finding Balance

  1. Well done you! I have come to much the same realisation recently. I’ve felt that I’m failing if I don’t make a huge portion of my clothes and have ended up with a work wardrobe that just doesn’t work! Huge chunks of my weekends have been spent sewing or feeling guilty that I’m not sewing and it has sucked the joy out of it. So I have a shopping trip planned and sewing in future will be purely for pleasure and not a task.

    1. As it should be! Hobbies should be enjoyable, not a source of stress. It’s also nice to have more time to spend on some of my OTHER hobbies, since I’m not just a one-trick pony 🙂

  2. Same here!
    The never ending guilt is terrible. EVEN WORSE: I fell behind on chores and looked like a mess. So I, too, decided to go shopping and I now feel like a weight has been lifted…

    1. Hilarious! I went shopping and when I tried some things on put some back because I reckoned I could make them better myself! I’ll keep trying – didn’t sew all weekend which left time for some cooking and quality time with my husband.

    2. Isn’t it amazing how that happens? Every now and then I feel a twinge of guilt that I’m wearing a 100% RTW outfit, but that goes away quickly when I realize that I had a nice selection of clothes to choose from and I left the house looking stylish and put together.

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