NaBloPoMo!

So, that Momentum Challenge?
I’ll tell you what it did: totally zapped my Momentum into smithereens. I’ll tell you why: one should really have a clear goal to focus on when participating. I don’t, and I don’t think I can be motivated to create one under pressure. I’m still exploring. I’m still becoming. You can’t force transformation in a twenty-one day window if it’s a forty-three or maybe even a six-hundred-ninety-two day process.

I didn’t give up on it. It just wasn’t serving me in the way I hoped it would. I needed a little kick, but not into that particular challenge’s goal.

Here’s something more my speed:

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I’m going to work things out right here. The Momentum Challenge wanted me to be present on social media, and to live my biz goals on social media and to bring people into my social media “circle.” I don’t want that. I like it here. I don’t mind bringing you here via social media, but I don’t like to live there. I also have been enjoying the quiet places The Spun Monkey has been going without the use of social media.

For example, I just received an email from Plymouth Cheese about the success of consigning some of my yarns and feltwork there this autumn. I sold fiber from a cheese factory gift shop in central VT…how awesome is that? Their cheese is excellent, by the way, especially the maple-smoked.

I also just finished a 50-skein (!!!!!!!!!) handspun yarn order for Fig Tree Yarns in Jersey, Channel Islands. Imogen did not find me through social media channels. Rather, she had picked up some of my yarns-in-the-wild at the delicious Gather Here stitch lounge, and then contacted me personally. 150+ hours of really enjoyable work went into the box I eventually shipped and now I am busily working on a new set of yarns for both Stitches East 2013 November 7-10 (my work will be at the Madison Wool booth, and I’ll be there on Sunday to help), and the trunk show at Gather Here on Sunday, November 17th from 12-6pm.

There are so many other projects and ideas I have in mind, that I am happy with the pace of TSM. I don’t need a Momentum Challenge to drive it up to a notch that I don’t necessarily want to reach. Sure, I need the supplementary income that comes from my fiber work. However, I also need to hold onto the joy in creating, which comes only from being able to work at my own pace and not the place of desperation that comes with keeping up with too many demands or deadlines. There is also the fact that I have other creative interests and pursuits, like photography, writing, and mixed media. All of these have potential income-earning possibilities, which I can only explore if I can divide my time. Don’t get me wrong, I simply adore a good deadline…my best work comes from deadline crunch times…but I’m going to be choosier with using the words YES and NO and only take on projects I can get really excited about.

So, I’m going to say THANK YOU to the Momentum Challenge for helping me to realize that I have just enough forward momentum right now, that I have no idea what my ultimate goal really is and that it’s okay not to know, and that I have the good life right now and I don’t need Twitter followers to prove it.

The project for Fig Tree Yarns (there doesn’t seem to be a website yet), as I said, was supremely enjoyable. I loved having the freedom to spin whatever I was inspired to spin and to create a terrifically fun box of surprises for them to open on the other side of the pond.

Some highlights:

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I have some catching up to do with the 52 Project. See you tomorrow!

 

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