26.3.13

Answering a reader question.

Yesterday as I was getting dinner ready, (roasting garlic, to be specific), a reader asked me "How do you do it?" She was referring to the sewing and other projects I do.
Well, I'll tell ya, it's not easy. I do have my mother living with me, so she is a huge help. However, often times with my little one especially, only mom will do.

Wrap that garlic up in foil and pop it in the oven at 350 for about 45 minutes.

 I literally have my littlest monkey on my back sometimes. He sits behind me on my chair while I sew. Or sometimes on my lap. Or sometimes he sits on my feet and messes with my sewing machine pedals while I'm trying to work, too. I sew at night, very often now, when he can't get into trouble, or make me sew through my fingers. Sometimes, I sew in bursts of five or ten minutes through out the day. Often I loose my temper. (I'm so sorry my sweet little ones, I know you just want mommy to pay attention.) I let me self imposed deadlines and pressure dictate my mood all too often. It's a huge fault I'm trying to overcome. I'm learning to set limits. You can't be everything to everyone, all the time. So you have to decide who is more important-- a stranger across the country waiting to receive their goody in the mail, or the little one calling to you from the bathroom for help. Priorities!
Roasting garlic, by the way, makes your house smell delicious. While my garlic was roasting, I made some crostini to spread my garlic on.

 Take time to enjoy something. All too often I've forgotten to do that. But it was a goal of mine for this year to do more of what I enjoy. Sometimes it takes time from things I feel like I should be doing, like working, but I'm much happier taking that time for me (and the kids). Be a little selfish sometimes. It's ok. It's ok.

 Set a schedule. Schedules are great. But let it be flexible. The military runs on a schedule, but anyone who lives in reality knows that even they have to be flexible when "things happen". Boy don't I know it.

 When your garlic is done roasting, unwrap it and let it cool for a few minutes. Then you can squeeze it easily out of the crispy skins.
I squeezed mine into my little bowl of olive oil, and mashed it a little. 
We spread it on my toasty crostini with a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. Delish. Wouldn't recommend breathing on anyone afterwards, though.

Whatever you do, go for your dreams. As they say, rarely do you regret the things you've tried. But you will regret those you don't do but always dreamt of. If your dream is to work from home, do it. Ignore the reasons why you shouldn't, and focus on the reasons why you should! There's always a way. Be creative. I've had to be very creative many times!

 My kids are growing fast and now they watch everything I do. It's humbling to have my kids tell me that they want to work with me when they get older. I want them to know that there's no reason why they shouldn't go for what they want, even if it's just for a few minutes a day. It's so worth it.

Do what you feel you're made for. It's taken me into my thirties to figure out that we are each made for something great. Whatever that great thing might be, it will be your greatness. I'm nobody special. Nope, I've just decided what I want and I'm going for it. It's always nice to prove the nay-sayer in your mind wrong, too. 

Do you have a question for me? I love hearing from you!

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