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Posted on: 2/12/08 12:07 PM
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Many of us find, from time to time, we just don't feel like sewing any longer and wail that our creative juices have dried up and wonder aloud how we can get the juices flowing once more? Read on.....

"FEELING GOOD" a book by David Burns addresses this problem: "Motivation does not come first, action does! You have to prime the pump. Then you will begin to get motivated, and the fluids will flow spontaneously...Individuals who procrastinate frequently confuse motivation and action. You foolishly wait until you feel in the mood to do something. Since you don't feel like doing it, you automatically put it off."

My mother used to say (way before David Burns) sewing was her HOBBY, but when faced with the times she did not FEEL like sewing, sewing then became her JOB and she MADE herself do some every day...until the good, creative feelings returned and sewing became her HOBBY once more....

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P.A. said... (4/23/09 4:28 AM) Reply
A good piece of advice.
KateS said... (11/22/08 7:17 AM) Reply
Wow good review- insightful! I am going to see if my library has that book now!!
Kirstenw said... (7/8/08 12:02 PM) Reply
Now that is motivationg!
SewTwin said... (3/4/08 2:05 PM) Reply
Thanks! Did you read my mind??!I had lost my initiative in the middle of family/grandkids..I found I was making everyone more important than myself..I found you have to insist on "your time", lots of it, or no one else will.I have also found a change of place also zigs my zag!Also, to snoop shop gives you ideas, and motivation...
N_Vogue said... (2/15/08 10:14 PM) Reply
Thanks for the mojo lift!!! Made a perfect fitting pair of pants today after 3 years of not doing so. Whew!!!! There U go!
PegL said... (2/15/08 11:57 AM) Reply
This is the kick in the pants I really needed now. Thanks.
Leslie in Austin said... (2/15/08 11:37 AM) Reply
I so needed this. Thanks for sharing!
Annie- oh said... (2/14/08 1:30 PM) Reply
Wow. I read this last night and woke up still thinking about it this morning. Thank you!
vasallese said... (2/14/08 8:58 AM) Reply
Thanks for something to think about. But Stitchology is right. Sometimes you really need outside help.
kkkkaty said... (2/13/08 7:40 PM) Reply
thank you; I am not burned out on sewing, but I do have other hobbies I am burned out on, so perhaps this will get me going agin....
Stitchology said... (2/13/08 12:44 PM) Reply
An interesting idea. I have to add from personal experience that if you have lost interest due to depression no amount of pushing yourself will lead back to enjoyment, you need meds.
teamary said... (2/13/08 12:31 PM) Reply
Remarkably, this is just what I needed - Today! Today sewing will be a 'job' - but maybe tomorrow a 'hobby'. Thank you!
Diane Slade Inc said... (2/13/08 8:41 AM) Reply
Ah yes, I am one of thise procrastinators, but once I sit down I always enjoy myself!
dream catcher said... (2/13/08 7:04 AM) Reply
Thank you. Nicely put.
Enid E said... (2/12/08 11:03 PM) Reply
In my case, I have found this to be so true!
thaiyal said... (2/12/08 8:33 PM) Reply
I've been needing motivation forever and I get so easily de-motivated too. Thanks for this advice. I so need it.
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