Don't be so hard on yourself.

This is a fact that I need to repeat to myself on a daily basis. 

However, it didn’t sink in until a new friend of mine simply told me last week, “Meredith, you are way too hard on yourself.” I don't know why, but it means so much when new friends say exactly what you need to hear. They only know the basics about you, and yet, they can see the things that you refuse to see. Her comment made me realize that I rarely take the time to enjoy my accomplishments without worrying about what is coming next. I turned in my book last week. Everything.  It’s all done. Photos, illustrations, text, crochet samples…I turned it over to the publisher with a sigh and a smile. It feels so good to be done! However, instead of fully resting and taking more than a minute to enjoy that accomplishment, I start worrying about an endless stream of tasks and things to worry about in the months ahead. In addition to finishing my book, in the last few weeks I have experienced a lot of change. I moved to a new apartment and started a new job. So. Crazy. I plan on taking pictures of my apartment decorating progress this week. 

I also finalized the details for my new blog design. It should be launching in the next few weeks. I can’t wait! 

I have a lot of big plans coming up here on the blog! I am pretty excited to announce a new group yarn bomb this week. Group yarn bombs are my favorite. Your creations make me so happy. Stay tuned for more details on #sheepishthanks. Also, I am working on projects for the Second Annual 12 Sheepish Days! I wasn’t sure if I was going to have time to make these projects but I have twelve ideas that I just can’t wait to try. It is going to happen. 

All that being said, every day when I wake up I need to remember, “Don’t be so hard on yourself.” I never want to feel guilty when I take a break to see an AMAZING Ben Rector concert with one of my best friends. It should be ok to step away from the computer and awkwardly swing a golf club with a new group of friends. I want to spend time making crochet birthday banners for gifts. It is more than ok to do these things.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by work and life, please take these words to heart…

Don’t be so hard on yourself.