I read about the Gideon method on one of your blogs. In usual fashion, I hoped over to the post and skimmed it. But then I went back and really read it. This was a wagon I needed to ride. So I gathered my unfinished projects – well I gathered 5 of them – and I committed to do some finishing. It has been a wonderful journey. In the last 10 days I have finished two sweaters and a hat. One of these projects has been on the needles for over a year. Last night I picked up my half hap. I was 1/3 of the way through the outer border when I put it down in July, 2018. I expect to be done with it this week. And that will leave one item in my Gideon pile.
I am thinking about how this method could be used on other unfinished projects because as a multi-craft maker, there are plenty of projects that have been simmering. So I plan to use some of my extra day off to consider applying the Gideon method – to my quilting, my sewing, my paper. I wish I was one of those people who could start and finish things but I am easily distracted. This Gideon method might be just the thing that will help me stay on track.
equip– verb (used with object), e·quipped, e·quip·ping
to furnish or provide with whatever is needed for use or for any undertaking
to dress; array
to furnish with intellectual or emotional resources; prepare
Yesterday I had the chance to use one of my Christmas gifts , a gift that I asked for, but secretly hoped I wouldn’t need. This is a pretty cool way to givE your ordinary shoes some traction when walking in the snow or ice.Around here we often have a few inches of snow on
top of a layer of sleet or rain. That can make for a slippery surface (which is why everything pretty much closes down when we get snow).
This morning (another snow day) I am thinking about being equipped. Traction for our shoes, chains for our cars, warm clothing, snow shovels, de-icer- lots of ways to make getting out and about easier. What about other areas of life? I try to keep fresh veggies and healthy snack in the kitchen. I have built a pretty solid meal planning and cook ahead habit the last few years which means I don’t have that 5 pm “What’s for dinner” panic.
What I want to work on next is equipping myself to build a consistent writing and study habit. I have decided that the mostly unused dining room table would make a great study space. There is a good overhead light, a window with a view, and it is far enough from the TV and computer to limit those distractions. So that is my snow day #2 project – equipping that space with the tools for renewing this habit.
Yesterday I got back on the bike. Yes, I went for a bike ride, but I also rolled up my sleeves and took care of some things around the house. Inspired by Michelle’s intentions class, I made a list (always a list) and began to look at those places that need/deserve a little tending.
The list is not too long. I’m trying to be reasonable/realistic. There are some chores, some things that are active, others that are quiet. There is creativity.
I used to think of practice as something we do to get us to the end result. This week, I am seeing practice as a step on its own. Practice for the purpose of engaging.