Reminder to self: create beauty not deadlines


Okay, first of all I will admit that the above "mosaic" was supposed to be posted on Monday for my "Monday Mosaic". But that didn't happen. And instead of beating myself up about it, I'm going to just post it halfway through the week. Does it really matter that it's a couple days late? Not really.

I think about how often I impose unnecessary deadlines, restrictions and rules on myself simply because some time way-back-when I decided something was a good idea. Does anyone else do that, or is it just me? Inevitably it's those little things that I end up getting stressed out about--rarely is it the big stuff. And if I take the time to step back from my stress and examine whether the thing I'm stressing over is actually something self-imposed, I usually discover that it is!

I have to wonder how much of my life is robbed by that kind of stress.

The past couple of weeks have been crazy and busy for me creatively with new horizons suddenly opening up for me (I can't share just yet, but I will soon). With all this busy creativity that technically should be stressing me out, I'm not stressed out. I just feel busy, utilized, validated, and content. When my head hits the pillow at night, I feel a good kind of tired. I'm thinking this is how it should be.

Something tells me I'm going to have to come back and read this post sometime in the future to remind myself to not self-impose silly deadlines that will inevitably crop up again. Yup... I know myself pretty well.

~Create beauty and not deadlines~
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  1. Too beautiful not to be posted!

  2. Cindy...I LOVE your mosaic. :)
    sooo pretty.

    Don't stress...stress is bad...take a deep breath.

    If you haven't been over to my blog recently I am hosting giftaways right up until Christmas,I am posting a new one every few days.


  3. Your mosaic should be framed ! It is so lovely! Better late than never. :)

  4. I self-impose stress ALL the TIME! I like that you aren't apologizing. That's a big piece of advice I picked up from Julia Child (in the Julie & Julia movie and in her book, My Life in France). She believes apologizing for something you didn't do or didn't do right (like making a bad meal) puts everyone in a bad place, including the person you are apologizing to, because they have to gracefully accept the apology. So I'm trying not to do it anymore too.

  5. I'm glad to hear you comment on this facet of life. I've had to remind myself this year that I am doing POTD because it makes me happy... not the other way around. I've given myself *permission* to take days off when I just couldn't deal with one more thing.
    Love you lots

  6. I know how you feel! I have been stressing about my endeavors too...and suddenly realized that I was freaking out about something that should be pleasant and fun! And hey, doesn't that feel nice? To just let go and enjoy things instead of guilt trips and feeling sorry and disappointed in yourself! :) Love you cute cousin!

  7. Beautiful mosaic and gorgeous colours. I love pastels although I love bright reds and oranges too.

  8. Cindy, I believe, and tell you again, life should be stress free. I used to work in the stressful environment, and tell you I enjoy my life now better than ever. Anna :) BTW this is amazing mosaic of yours again.

  9. I'm big on rules and I'm pleased that I was able to step away from the self-imposed rules around my blog that I was tempted to follow for a time. The only I still maintain is my Silent Sunday and only because it still works for me.

    I'm looking forward to hearing about the new opportunities on your horizon. Knowing you, I have no doubt that they'll be exciting and based in creativity.



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