When I was a kid, I wasn’t great at persevering with things. As soon as something became difficult, or if I wasn’t good at something straight away, I’d give up. I didn’t like feeling that I couldn’t do something. I’ve gotten a bit better at it over time, but it’s something I still struggle with a lot, even now as an adult. I admire people who find problems and roadblocks a motivating force. I think it’s a really tough to keep going, and not give up when things aren’t working out the way you imagine. 

I’ve always been a crafty person. I like sewing, and making things. During lockdown I started to get into watching sewing videos on Youtube. Particularly Youtubers who make historical garments and costumes. There’s something very soothing about watching other people create fabulous things, and solving problems that come up. One of my favourite people to watch is Cathy Hay, who also posts a lot of videos about creativity, and motivation, that I’ve found very inspiring.

About 7 years ago (I think?) I bought this advent calendar kit from AK traditions. I thought it was super cute, and liked the idea of an advent calendar that didn’t rely on exercising willpower to only eat that days chocolate. For the next few years, it sat at the back of my cupboard. I’d remember that I should make it each year, around mid-November. I’d pull it out, look at it, and get intimidated by all the different parts that needed doing. And then give up. 

In June I decided that this year was the year. If I was ever going to do it, a year where I had to stay at home most of the time was it. And it happened! Slowly, slowly but surely, I got it finished. I got stuck a lot. Especially at the parts where I needed to make pockets. Each time I felt stuck I would remember to take a break, research techniques for how to do things, take it slowly, and keep going. 

It feels really good to have finished this project, that I’ve had on the back burner for the better part of a decade. I want to keep working on developing my resilience and perseverance. I think they’re such important skills for life, and ones that I want to get better at practicing day to day.

Hope you all have a fabulous holiday period, stay safe everyone Xx

Ak Traditions

Some of my favourite sewing Youtubers
Cathy Hay
Bernadette Banner
Morgan Donner
Costuming Drama
Rachel Maksy

Karolina Zebrowska

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