Happy New Year ya'll!
I'm feeling guilty slinking back to this here blog after a 2-month sabbatical.
I could tell you about how busy we've been with projects around the house and how they all started with a new sofa.
I could go into detail about the holidays and how they tend to suck the life out of me. Serious - I didn't even put ornaments on my tree this year and that sucker was on the curb by 8 AM, December 26th.
Or I could just share the truth. I haven't felt much like blogging or working on furniture. Since the two go hand in hand, it felt deceptive to work on one and not the other.
And it's been nice. The holidays did take over as they tend to but my heart wasn't in it. It's difficult to enjoy Christmas knowing I have a basement full of ugly furniture that I put there and isn't going to paint itself. Last February I got the flu. I could feel it coming on for a full day before it actually hit. I didn't know it was the flu at the time but I did know that the minute I stopped moving whatever it was would kick my ass. So I didn't stop moving. For that full day I continued in perpetual motion so that when I did get sick I could at least have a clean house to go along with it. Sure enough by that evening I couldn't breathe and I had a temperature well into the triple digits.
This apparent furniture burn-out is kind of the same way. I could feel it coming on. When you start dreading leaving your 9-5 job because it means coming home to work on furniture, that's an indicator that you might want to slow it down. At the time I couldn't. There were custom pieces we were working on that had to be completed. I even tried to work on some of my own stuff up until Thanksgiving, in hopes that if I did a piece of my own it would help inspire me. Needless to say, that piece is still unfinished in the basement, right where I left it the day after Thanksgiving.
I know once I start, I'll be able to get going again. So why can't I start?
The New Years resolution in this post is my resolve to be truthful to myself and my blog. I can't promise to produce a new piece every week. But I can promise to blog more, blog better, and talk about when I need a break.