I’ve come to realize that I always need at least one writing project and one personal project in my life. The writing keeps my mind active. The personal project helps me stay awake during evenings when I’m tired but I don’t want to create a vicious cycle of going to bed early and getting up at 1 AM, etc. If you’ve done that, you know how insidious it can be!
This past year my writing projects have been book 2 in Marta’s stories, When the Music Stops, and completing my Education America workbook. Now I’m moving on to book 3, Lynne’s story, Letters to Follow, and thinking about making webinars. Hm-m-m. Guess I usually take on more than one project at a time, don’t I? Writing and planning projects stimulates my brain. Doing my Lumosity tasks helps as well. Plus editing Tasman and… As you can tell, writing projects keep coming so this is not my problem.
My personal project in 2014 was creating a dozen, small latch hook rugs for many family and friends (a remain to be finished). The rugs gave my hands something to do during evenings. I discovered each rug had at least 6,600 latched pieces of yarn, so that means I latched away about 80,000 hand-cut pieces of yarn. Not bad, pus it was fun thinking about each person as I latched away.
Now I need to decide on a personal project for 2015.
I know many of you read for your down time, but reading in the late afternoon or evening puts me to sleep so that doesn’t work for me. I’ve tried to clear out those pesky “I’ll just buy this and do it when I have time” crafts so my drawers are relatively cleaned out. I do word searches now and then but, they’re done quickly and how many pages of circling words can a person do anyway? Cooking at night leads to snacking at night so that’s out. An exercise class sounds good, but by evening I’m dragging so maybe not. I’m not good with clay, can’t knit, don’t play a musical instrument, not a bowler, and really prefer to be home evenings anyway.
That leads me to looking for ideas to entertain myself between dinner and bedtime (while I watch some TV). If you’ve got any ideas (fun, funny, serious or whatever), I’ll consider them as long as they don’t involve hanging off tall objects or speeds faster than 60 MPH.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but being bored with myself is even worse. Suggestions???