Jean Campbell is the senior editor of Beadwork and a
contributing editor to Beading Daily
I sat down the other day to write a note to a dear friend. It read, "Hi, Henry! I've been running the hamster wheel a little faster than usual this month. In the last 4 weeks I've traveled to Denver, Portland, and West Palm Beach. I tech-edited the February/March issue of Beadwork, wrote 4 blogs, built a retail booth, orchestrated the construction of 200 kits, and helped design my personal website, all the while taxiing kids, helping with homework, and finding time to brush my teeth every once in a while."
When I re-read the note I realized how nuts my schedule has been. I'm thankful for all these great opportunities, but I know it's just too much. I also know I'm not alone in doing too much. Whether it's working a job, taking care of loved ones, or simply trying to make ends meet, I find that more and more of the people around me are waking up to the fact that they're just moving too fast.
So, my fellow hamster-dancers, what to do? Well, I for one, have decided to put my foot (and my derriere) down. I've declared the next few months a season of regeneration. There's a foot of snow on the ground where I live, and, like the strong oak trees that line the streets in my neighborhood, I'm going to spend the next few months quietly rebuilding my creative reserves. Part of this season will be about doing things for me, like cleaning closets. Catching up on my Mad Men episodes. Baking. Taking naps. But most importantly I'll spend those extra hours in my day exercising my creativity, designing new projects. And I'll certainly share my creative adventures all winter long right here on Beading Daily.