You can do blog posts on here! Madness. Well, then, obligatory "about me" post for anyone who is interested.
My name is Jessie. I was until recently a college student with a lifelong burning passion for playing the violin. I didn't even get to touch a violin until I was 11, much less own one at 14, but I asked for one from the time I was 4, and daydreamed about it until I got one. Went to a special music school, complete with an extra hour every day and a bus ride that started at 4:45 am, the whole nine yards. Then I went to college and, hey, suddenly the economy tanks, and there's no demand for musicians anymore. Whoo boy. Then I start to realize... my close friends aren't music majors. The people I admire aren't musicians anymore. I am dreading going to class each day and dealing with what I perceive as a pretentious, dying field that probably shouldn't even be considered a college major. Fair assessment? Probably not, but I really don't care. In short, I'm grinding steadily toward a full on burn out.
Sure enough, I don't graduate. I still haven't graduated, in fact. Instead, I've dropped out of college for the moment, ended a really toxic, multi-year, emotionally co-dependent "relationship," decided to embrace my manic depressive side and my severely ADD side, and basically start over. Find a new dream. Not an easy thing to do, seeing as my first dream saw me through my entire life up until now. But while re-examining my life, I've noticed a few things I love to do, things I do when I'm procrastinating or hiding from my own mind and everything else. I like to read, I like to hike/camp, and I like to sew.
Three things isn't a bad place to start from. I'm going to explore all of these options for hobbies, things to do in my free time other than be depressed/feel sorry for myself and maybe, just maybe, one of these things will become the new driving force in my life. Now, that's a whole lot to expect from hiking, reading, and sewing, and I don't really expect that any one of these will become the focus of my life, but a girl can dream, right?
I read recently that if we were teachers, we wouldn't expect students to know everything right away; goals are about building scaffolds, not about pole vaulting to the clouds. But we aren't nearly so kind to ourselves. Sew Weekly seems like a great scaffold for sewing goals, and I really look forward to participating.