Thursday, May 27, 2010

Invisible Obstacle


Fighting off the instinct in me that could

sit on a couch all day and do nothing.

At least a million projects and ideas go through my head


i could "easily" do any number of them....

by "easily" i mean ...

i have all the supplies i need  and creativity to make some great  stuff.

but the part that doesnt come easily...


I'm not a lazy person...

i just have this weight that holds me down everytime

i think of a project.

Any body else have a clue what
i'm talking about?

Any advice...???

i have a great amount of potential inside me...

i want the fear...or anxiety...or whatever it is to go away.


stuff to paint, stuff to sew, stuff to organize...

xoxo  shell


  1. Found your blog on House of Smiths! I totally know how you feel. The best motivation for me is to clutter up my house with the stuff that I need to complete a project. This way, instead of using energy to put stuff away I will use my energy to do the project. After all, who can stand clutter in the house. Mostly, I let it all sit out on the kitchen counter or the floor in the living room. This helps a lot to get my butt in gear! I also found that posting TO DO LISTS on my blog helps too. Good luck :-)

  2. I see by your about me you've done a lot of traveling. Perhaps you need to start with little steps to do something, even for only 15 minutes a day and that might help you get started. I also have a hard time getting started but sometimes this works for me. Good luck!!

  3. I have LOTS of ideas for projects but also struggle with getting them started. I think it is lack of time for me, afraid to start because it may never get finished......I think starting a list is what has helped me the most--I love to cross things off of it :) Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  4. Hi. First let me say that every single time I visit your blog that photo of you guys in the header makes me smile.

    Is this the post linked to Alphabe-Thursday? I'm confused. Your title is Something sweet for sister.

    If this is your link can you add the AT logo to your post and put a link back on it?

  5. Hey Shell,
    I've got the same problem. I go to my 9-5 job and then come home and sit. Not because I'm tired ~ mostly because I just don't know where to start.
    Like Janelle, I've started making a list. Five things that I want to accomplish each week, only 5, I'm easily over-whelmed. : )
    Not regular things like cooking, cleaning, etc ~ special, out of the ordinary things.
    This week's list includes:
    1-3. clean, organize & paint my craft room.
    4. Make 6 tags for a swap I'm in.
    5. make pom-pom skewers for my grandbaby's birthday party.

    Maybe a list will help. I'll sure be praying for the Lord to fill you with His perfect peace...and a little bit of motivation too!
    Hugs to you!!

  6. Totally there. I don't want to make the mess that a project creates, because I know I will have to move it all at dinner time. Maybe a craft room would that can be hosed down or vacuumed with a push of a button??

  7. Yes, I know what you're talking about.....sometimes I'm paralysed as well maybe because I think that what I have to do it's too harder for me...but when you start discover it was harder to begin....

    Have a lovely we xxx

  8. Wow Shell~

    I just spent the better part of 5 hours reading your story, all the way back to the beginning. I'm amazed at your courage, strength and determination. Your the CEO of your family. While you've made some extremely tough decisions you've definetly made the "BEST" decision keeping your Husband and Children in mind above and before all else. I could go on and on but heck you know this story..... it's yours. Own it and be proud of it. 5 years from now when your on much more stable ground you may just look back and realize these were indeed the worst of times but somehow they were the best of times too.

    As for your question.....

    You are without a doubt creative. I think you may get in a rut so to speak because you lack the space in which to be creative. No space to call your own. It would be rather hard to get inspired by your "Hometel" surroundings. How about looking for Vintage cards and turning them into new cards to keep in touch with family members. I would love to send you a "package" to help you get started. Feel free to email me if this is something you would be interested in. At the very least i would enjoy sending you happy mail on occassion.

    May God Bless You and Yours,


  9. oh shell, I am right their with ya. many reasons surround my current state but I can say this...Ikeep going - in baby steps. I pick one thing to "do" each day and I push, I talk myself through it and I do it, I keep going. that is the key for me.

  10. I could loan you my kids.
    If I buy the supplies to make something, or make a prototype of something; they'll ask, "Will you make one for me?"

    Then they'll nag and nag, until I just get off my butt and do it. And once I'm in the zone, I can mark off all of the things that I really wanted to make.

    Nothing like hearing, "Mom, when are you gonna make that (dog tag, blocks, scrapbook..etc) you said you would make me?" all. the. time.

  11. I wanted desperately to email you back from the comment you just left me but you came through as a noreply email address. Email me if you want terra @ sittingonanoak . com

  12. I hear ya ... i can do the same thing ... what helps me is to turn off the tv, shut down the pc, grab some of my fave tunes ... and sit down with what ever is inspiring you at the moment ... and then just start ... even if it is just for 15 minutes ... which it never is ... but just go for it ... for me the hardest part is turning off the tv ... oh, and about your post on my blog ... i actually did ... well almost folded a top ... but instead i actually ironed it and gave it to my daughter as she was out of clean clothes ... it's a start ... right???

  13. Some days I check out a few blogs to get inspired. Some days I have to shut off the computer entirely because everyone else has these incredible creative ideas and I've got nothing. So far, the best inspiration has come from a day away from my normal routine. It's like hitting the reboot button on my computer tower. A brief break from reality and suddenly I remember something that I wanted to try. For me it's all about getting rest.

    I'm sure that someone here will have a much better course of action than mine so I'm going to go read all their comments and see... =)

    Blessings... Polly (French Cupboard & Counting Your Blessings)

  14. Counting Your Blessings, I totally have that same problem. All these cute and wonderful things that I *know* I could do, but have no motivation. Are these ladies on crack??

    Maybe we can motivate each other with a big girls party. Like a bunco group, but it would be a project group. Then we could all sit around, chat and create. What do you think? (I am being totally serious.)

  15. You know I never answered this post because I was trying to figure out AT links!


    I think, at least for me, I just have to start!

    I make a little "intent" list each night for the next day. But I don't overdo it! Just usually one thing that I will accomplish...even if it is making 5 cards!