Friday, May 27, 2016

transitions

"Nothing happens until something moves."  ~ Albert Einstein

Transitions

Movement, change.  It is the natural state of life.  To be still, completely still, not to grow, not to reach - that is dysfunction.

But still, Einstein reminds us that nothing happens until something moves because we find ourselves at the edges, scared.  Sometimes we're holding onto to something we don't even want or don't even have, but still holding.  The transitions between childhood and adulthood, between "not being creative" and trying something new, between life and death and new life and all its risks, we face them most every day.

Transitions - black belt!

I am, like you, wading through many transitions these days.  In the wake of a new chronic health issue, I am transitioning to a gluten free diet.  My husband and I are on the precipice of a home addition contract.  My little girl is suddenly becoming a young lady.  Yesterday she received her black belt!  We're all growing up so fast.

Transitions

This week I sent off my beloved Juki TL 2010Q sewing machine for warranty service with Sew Vac Direct.  I've been using this machine hard day in and day out since March 2013 (here's that story) and this is just the second time it's been to the doctor.  I'm feeling a little loss without it, struggling with the transition of returning to a less-exacting, more limiting back up machine.  One of my lotus blocks doesn't have very nicely matched curves...

blues from American Made Brand

I'm also between projects.  Which isn't to say I haven't any projects started, just none that are right for the moment.  Do you know the feeling?  Yesterday these gorgeous blue solids from American Made Brand arrived for an ombre quilt I have planned.  But, what I really want to work on is a project that touches yet another transition.  A package should arrive this afternoon, and my weekend will be given over to it.  I'm just waiting on the mailman.

Standing at the edge, looking for my heart to move.


24 comments:

  1. Glutino makes the best gluten free bread. White, whole grain and a few others. We did not have it until Whole Foods moved in. I'm able to craft more and my body feels better. It makes the most gorgeous and tasty French toast. You quote just reminded me of when I didn't move because of life and chronic reflux. Udi's brand is the best pizza crust. Funny now that I look back, but my 2 favorite foods had been taken away (sandwiches and pizza) and things just stopped. Wish you the best and enjoy your inspirational words. I look forward to your blogs!

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    1. Thanks for those suggestions, Stacey. I'll have to try Udi's pizza crust. Since going gluten free, all I can think about is pizza! It's been about 3 weeks.

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    2. Papa Murphys makes an excellent take home and cook yourself pizza using Udis brand crust. It's an excellent treat!

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  2. I would be lost without my Juki TL98-Q, (and I have about eight backup machines at my house) so I feel your pain! Can't wait to see your new project... and congrats to your daughter on her black belt!!

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  3. Costco has a good supply of GF items :) I have been gf for 10 years and let me tell you its work but totally worth it if you have celiac or intolerance.

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  4. Sorry to hear about your health condition! I’ve grown to love the days without working on my sewing machine. To stitch or appliqué by hand is so stress and pain relieving for me. Take care!

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  5. I can't wait to see what creation your heart inspires you to make. Life needs both stillness and movement. Never stop following your heart. Blessings Rachel.

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  6. I do know that feeling! Diary of a Quilter talked about a spreadsheet to track wip's and close in on them. When I counted how many projects I had, I was kind of horrified, but it is because it's not always the right time to work on each of them and I do start news things. By working on each in its season, when you want to, they become works of art!

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  7. I hope the GF diet helps you! I've been GF for 8 years now & have to tell you it gets easier and easier, and if it helps you feel well it's so worth the effort! Hang in there & feel free to email me for support on the gluten free front

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  8. Transitions can be both very hard, unsettling and also exciting, especially once the heart has caught up with the mind - or sometimes it's the other way around. Your new project may be just what's needed to tip the balance forward.

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    1. so true and appropriately stated, Karen

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  9. I have been gluten free in 2016 and am amazed at how well I feel. I know you can do it.

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  10. Rachel, you are such an inspiration.

    Life is change. The minute we are born, we are getting older! That is what I tell my mom. She can't believe I am so old I am crumbling too now. I hope the gluten free diet helps for you. Just like any diet, there is suffering involved and acceptance is key :-D

    I am so overwhelmed now (since 2013, mom's stroke) I have panic attacks frequently. I am in constant prayer for strength and try to focus on my over flowing blessings.
    Loads of love to you. I am excited to see your new project, and that fabric is pretty.
    Soooo sorry about your machine.

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    1. I have depression and an anxiety disorder. I deal with panic attacks weekly. So, I know where you are coming from. I have also been a care giver for my grandmother and mother. During that time my three children were small and my husband was a high school football coach (in Texas) so basically I was a single parent. I hope you can find peace and your attacks lessen. I will pray for you. Leslie

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  11. Congratulations to your daughter on the black belt. What an accomplishment! She looks very grown up in that picture, too. I can't wait to see the new project you're planning.

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  12. My congrats also to your daughter - that's a great achievement and such hard work. We went wheat free with great success and have rye sourdough mostly. Spelt flour is also good for us - I hope you find something that works for you Rachel. Take care.

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  13. Thank you! So much! I'm considering a pretty major life change, and although it's exciting, it's also a teeny bit terrifying! I needed to read this today. "To be still, completely still, not to grow, not to reach - that is dysfunction". Yes. Yes it is!

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    1. I'm glad those words were helpful for you, Annie. They are realities Eleni taught me.

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  14. A Black Belt! That's pretty exciting ~ your daughter must be so pleased!
    I've been in a desert of creativity lately ~ meaning none. I haven't used my machine (except for a repair) in a few months. I don't know where it went ~ the creativity. Even knitting holds no interest for me. I don't know if I'm going through a change or what but I'm hoping it comes back soon.

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    1. Oh, I'm so sorry, Elsa. I know that's a horrible feeling =( It will come back, I believe, but sometimes it's awhile and sometimes it's short. I know you probably feel lost in the meantime. Hugs!

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  15. If you live near a mellow mushroom they have a delis gluten free pizza. I just add chicken to it when I pick it up. Had to go gluten free because of my thyroid it foes get a little easier

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  16. Your writing is so poetic and touches places we all can relate to Rachel.
    Congratulations to your daughter - a black belt is an amazing accomplishment!
    I'm sorry that health issues have hit you. One website that another gluten free friend sent to me, which I love, is the Gluten Free Goddess. Her recipes are wonderful: https://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/

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  17. Good luck with the gluten free diet!! I cried when I was diagnosed as coeliac- I thought I'd be forever missing out on things but to be honest in today's world there is pretty much a substitute for everything. Plus it is totally worth it if it makes you feel better. Just make sure you be kind to yourself with all of your changes

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