Getting Past Information Overload

It’s easy to get caught up in learning.
You know, read the books, take more classes, and google it. Learning is at our fingertips.

But I felt paralyzed by it and lost the courage to move forward. Ever been there?

(By the way, learning paralysis or analysis paralysis is a real thing. It comes down to information overload.)

Well, that happened to me at the beginning of the year.

God has given each of you some abilities, be sure to use them to help each other 1 Peter 4:10

This is my story…

So, I was happily writing blog posts – but I decided I needed to hone my skills. Write better. Blog better. Do all this internet stuff better.

Nothin’ wrong with that, right?

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You need to learn the basics.


The scales at the piano, the simple quilt blocks, best practices for websites, and basic rules of good writing.

The problem was I spent so much time in the learning process I was procrastinating in the doing process.

As I read more books and added more classes, I started thinking I was doing everything wrong. The next thing I knew, I was hesitant to put anything creative into the world.

Yup, learning is good. Unless it stops us in our tracks, steals our creative mojo, and robs us of courage.

That isn’t what God wants for us.

The thing is, I was beginning to rest and take comfort in that learning stage. Heck, it’s easy to convince yourself you aren’t ready if you’re still learning!

But there isn’t any fun or adventure in that approach.

So, you might be wondering how I pushed passed it.
I put the book down (it was a book on writing) and got to work on my writing.

The fun is in doing…

Creating the quilt, even if it is complicated!
Playing piano for the people, jitters and all.
Writing the blog post and pushing the publish it button.

That’s where life is.

It’s using those gifts and talents to bless others…

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

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There is Always Hope

All of my dreams are little seedlings of life trying to grow. The last thing the enemy wants is those to take root and flourish.

My shop isn’t selling quilts consistently- yet. A book being published? That might never happen, but I keep working on the idea. The renovation of our home? Who knows…

Those things, much to my regret, are in the beginning stages – where you keep going and hoping, but the dream isn’t realized.

Give up?

To be honest, there are days when giving up looks like a delightful idea.

I could convince myself that it was God’s plan for me to give up.

Add to that a sleepless night.

For me, that’s when the enemy prowls around – whispering doubts and fears into my mind.

Ever been there?

So, you get up – tired. Maybe a tad bit snarky. And feeling hopeless.

But with God – there is always hope.

As I moved through my morning routine, I could feel the Holy Spirit moving through me.

Building me back up.

Blessing me with fresh ideas. Fresh hope.

Not only that. The Lord gave me the courage to dream in the face of what looks like an impossible dream.

With God – All things are possible.


God blesses us daily with fresh inspiration.

Get ready today.

For new ideas, new inspiration, new blesses from the Lord

He is always doing a new thing.

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

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Too much on Your Plate?

I have too much on my plate. That’s my complaint.

So, what am I going to do about it?

I’ve tried making lists and prioritizing.

But darn, everything seems so important, doesn’t it?

  • If I want to write – I need to put words on a piece of paper (or computer screen).
  • If I want to play that Chopin Nocturne beautifully – I NEED to practice.
  • Marketing needs doing, and quilts need making, that is, if I want my shop to be on the map.
  • If I want to earn money now – I need a steady income, now not someday in the future.

I can’t help but compare my life to the flower gardens I planted this spring.
Life got busy. The summer sun hot. And the weeds grew.
The flowers are doing surprisingly well, but the weeds that crept in? They add mess and clutter.

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That’s my life.

A mess of clutter – Chopin, Quilts, Words, ideas, and all life.

I have no answers to my dilemma. Not a drip of advice to give to my creative friends out there.

Except this, release it all to God and pray on it.

I trust that the Lord will guide me – every day.

Oh, I get overwhelmed with it all, still have those moments of looking for an easier way…

But there isn’t an easier way.

We can give Jesus every step of our day and be confident that he is walking beside us in love and faithfulness.

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

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Mastering The Art

Piano music swirls in my head, scales, and chords. Chopin is calling to me.

I’m not sure when it happened, the desire to play classical music. I didn’t resume piano lessons in my late 30s to play classical music. It was to play rock ‘n roll and ragtime.

Classical? Who wants to listen to that, let alone learn how to play it?

Me.

It started innocently enough. Beethoven’s Fur Elise, Pachelbel’s Canon in D, and Bach’s prelude in C major. Well, before I knew it, I was hooked.

Although Rock ‘n Roll and Ragtime still hold my interest – the wild and furious melodies of days gone by capture my imagination.

If I were to describe classical music in one word, it would be life. It expresses every emotion, much like a quilt.

After 20+ years of piano study and practice, I have yet to master a Chopin piece.

But … I want to master what I do.

Piano. Quilts. Life.

It’s why I keep working on the same Chopin piece and why I’ve gotten it into my head to perfect my piecing skills.

After 30+ years of quilting? Sometimes a quilt comes out a little wonky.

This was true when I did a remake of my Monkey Dance Table Topper.

Halloween Version of Monkey Dance Table Topper

Oh, in the end, looks good – but it was a lot of tedious work to get it there.

My blocks were coming out a bit too small. That bugged me.

The Tools on Hand

Sometimes it’s about learning what the tools you have on hand can do.

I’ve had my sewing machine for, let me see, for over 15 years. There are things I have still not learned about it.

Discover and learn

I didn’t discover that I owned a Quilters 1/4″ foot until years later. I depended on that foot to give me accurate 1/4” seams. It didn’t.

The problem was, I didn’t do anything about it until I was frustrated enough to figure out another way.

I discovered that the needle can be moved a bit to the right. That was a cool discovery because it made all the difference in the world!

You don’t always need new tools and gadgets. You might only need to learn how to use the things you already have.

It doesn’t matter the hobby or craft. Sometimes I’ll think I need to buy a new gadget or a new piano book, but God has already given me all I need.

And, God has already given you everything you need…

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

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When The Plans Fail Miserably

I had a plan. It sounded great in theory and worked out mathematically.

But it failed miserably.

This was the plan…

My plan didn’t consider the path God was leading me down.
On the one hand, I was giving my day to God. On the other, I was clinging to the plans of my mind.

Well, I’m here to tell you that it didn’t work out so good.

There were days I frantically rushed through my Scrap Jar Quilt to make my quota. My reason? To check off that to-do.

Scrap Jar Quilt project – top Complete – Better late than never

Here’s a thought. I don’t believe God gives us a passion for a hobby – only to rush through a project. It takes all the fun out of it.

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My next project is in the works

It’s marinating on the design wall.
It’ll be an artsy-fartsy kind of quilt. (Forgive me if you don’t care for that description of an art quilt.)

I peek at it, play with the arrangement, and walk away. It isn’t ready for the next step.

When it is, I know the Lord will guide my steps. He always does.

My plan may have failed miserably.

But I did finish the top of the quilt, even if it is 2 1/2 months after my proposed finish date.

Well, it may be way past my deadline, but it is in God’s perfect timing.

I only have the finishing steps to do.

  • The border
  • The basting
  • The hand-quilting.

And my deadline is – only kidding!

I’m leaving that in the hands of the Lord.

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

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