Saturday, January 28, 2012

Needles and What?

Every so often, someone will ask me, “Why Needles and Pens?” Since my blog appears to be all about sewing, shouldn’t it be “pins?” It makes sense, right? But the play on words was intentional. When I started this blog, I was at a crossroads, trying to decide if I should keep plugging away at freelance writing or delve headlong into my newfound love of quilting. I thought, perhaps, that I could do both... Needles AND Pens.

It seems that the quilting won out. For the past ten years, I’ve been learning and playing and experimenting and creating art in a whole new medium – and loving it. I do so little writing these days, I can’t honestly call myself a writer anymore.

Still, the urge to write – really write – resurfaces now and then, in the never-ending quest to discover God’s purpose for me in this life. (Yes, I’m 45 years old and still trying to figure out what I’ll be when I grow up!) I wonder if I’m making a mistake, virtually ignoring that writing gift. I wrestle with those thoughts on a regular basis.

At the same time, I’m considering a whole new endeavor. Could I actually make an income selling the things I love to create? Should I open an Etsy shop? Are people willing to pay what I feel my time is worth? Will I still have time to sew for charity? For gifts? Just for fun?

And if I do this, will I ever get back to writing? Should I get back to writing? Is it even possible to do both? (Aren't you glad you don't live in my head? LoL)

With all of these thoughts rattling my brain this morning, I decided on a whim to look up Sunday Scribblings, one of my old favorite sources for writing prompts. I’m definitely rusty, but it couldn’t hurt to get back in practice. The topic for the week was:

“Possible: Think big! What is possible?”

I don’t believe in coincidence. It’s been over a year since I’ve looked at Sunday Scribblings, so what prompted me to go there today? I’ll be honest, it took some time for me to get the big picture. (I’m not always the sharpest crayon in the box.)

I could go into a long list of all my hopes and dreams, past, present and future, but the answer is the same for all of them. With willingness, determination and faith, anything is possible.

“… with God, all things are possible.” ~ Matthew 19:26

And the answer to all those questions rambling around in my head? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. It’s all possible.

Needles AND Pens is possible.


Angela Giles Klocke said...

Every time I think I'm no longer a writer, I get a very distinct message: WRONG! And then I write again.

Needles AND Pens -- yay!

Debbie said...

Laura Ingalls Wilder didn't start writing her "Little House on the Prairie," books until she was 54...seems to me you still have lots of time.

Chris H said...

Your blog is writing!
Wonderful post, and I do feel sure you can combine both your passions.

Janine said...

I'm sure it's possible! Your blog is beautifully written so maybe you've not really stopped - just changed topic. I wish you well with whatever you want to write :)