Do something that scares you

I highly recommend the life philosophy of taking scary leaps in order to freshen up your life. Although I am most definitely not a sky-diver or roller-coaster brave heart, I’ve always been a bit cavalier about my job. I’m a serial job-changer-without-a-plan. Because, hey, there’s always a new gig out there <hopefully>.

Oops, I did it again, I quit a job I loved in order to see what the wide world had to offer. Luckily, I’ve landed a new job already and I’m running on adrenaline while I try to demonstrate my usefulness in the first few weeks. This new job is going to be fun for lots of reasons, but three are top of mind:

  1. It’s a work from home job! Yippee! I get to spend the day near my sewing machine. I’m convinced that a 15 minute sewing/coffee break once in the morning and once in the afternoon will give me a mental break (beneficial for my employer) and a sewing window (beneficial to my quilting goals). The 15 minute time-limit will be strictly enforced with an egg timer.
  2. My new boss is located in Austin, Texas. Can you believe it? I will “have” to travel to one of my favorite spots on the planet about every two months or so.
  3. The work is very interesting and challenging.

My faith in the unknown has played out to my advantage again. When one door closes (or is slammed shut), another opens. I’ve been lucky. I am convinced that the short-term risk will be rewarded in the long-term.

While visiting my new team in Austin last week, I snapped some pictures of the rose bushes around my hotel. Roses are prettiest when they open up and let go. This might be a metaphor for my life philosophy!

A closed rosebud — constricted, don’t you think?
An open rose — ready to drink up the world.

So what am I going to do with my 15 minutes of sewing/coffee break time in the morning and afternoon? I’m going to get started on my son’s high school graduation gift quilt. His college colors will be purple and gold. He’s not a fan of those colors, and I don’t want to be so obvious, so I’m sorting my tans and browns. I plan to insert some random purples and golds to make a dorm bed quilt that is masculine while including a subtle nod to the school colors.

Sorting through the tan pre-cuts, planning a masculine scrappy quilt.

Graduation is not until the last week of June, but I’ve got to get moving on this quilt. My first 15 minute break is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. Wish me luck!

14 thoughts on “Do something that scares you

  1. piecefulwendy says:

    Congratulations on the job change! Maybe you can time your visit to Austin with QuiltCon next year, eh? How sweet would that be? I’ll bet that focused 15 mins of sewing will really help you get that quilt done!

  2. Gray Barn Designs says:

    That rose bud is gorgeous! I am now thinking about a fuchsia and green quilt design. I can’t believe my nephew is now a high school graduate. I’m asking where time has gone…you’re probably asking how it flew by! If you get in a creative slump, give me a call on one of your 15 minute breaks!

    • sandradny says:

      I’ve had a rose bud quilt in my head for a long time, but I’m having trouble getting it from my head onto fabric! My baby boy is graduating whaaaa!

      • rl2b2017 says:

        Sandy – it needs time to percolate a while! You’ll come up with a fabulous design when the time is right and not a minute before. You can’t force creativity. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Chela's Colchas y Mas says:

    Congratulations to your son and to you taking a leap of faith into a new job. I will be at the quilt con in Austin, for sure. I am looking forward to the rose quilt design that I am sure is brewing in your head. Life is good!

  4. tierneycreates says:

    Not sure why I always have trouble commenting on this blog. So if this is a second comment please forgive me. Great advice and yay to you for taking that advice. I love the idea of a sewing break and hope to do the same as I am a telecommuter 🙂

  5. tierneycreates says:

    Wow I’ve been enjoying catching up on the blog! Congratulations on your new work from home job yay! I love the idea of a sewing break as a telecommuter and I do that sometimes myself!

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