–verb (used without object)
- to cease from doing something; stop.
Do you ever give yourself permission to quit?
- I have no problems not finishing a book if I don't enjoy the story.
- I have no problems returning a DVD unwatched if I don't enjoy the movie.
- I have no problems not finishing a meal I've ordered if I don't enjoy the food.
- But I just can't bring myself to say "Enough! I quit!" when I'm sewing something and I'm not enjoying the experience.
Let me share one of those somethings with you.
Two weeks ago, I pulled out a blouse I had begun work on quite some time ago. How long ago? Oh, I don't know. Probably a few years as I do remember purchasing the fabric from a JoAnn's store about seven yeas ago.
The pattern was an OOP Vogue Attitudes - Vogue 1620 - a Byron Lars design. It was one of those projects that I cut out; began sewing; got bored; put it aside; gained a few pounds; tucked project away; lost a few pounds; pulled project out; began sewing.
And quickly reached the "I'm bored" phase.
Bravely, I kept on going.
Every day I pulled the blouse out with the intent of finishing it.
And every day I would complete one unit of sewing and decide I really wasn't in the mood for sewing after all.
Slowly, slowly, slowly I reached the point where all that needed to be completed was the facing, buttonholes and buttons. But each step felt like a chore. Rather than take an hour to finish up, I put it aside and left the room.
I began dreading going into my sewing studio, knowing that white blouse was mocking me where it sat, unfinished, by the sewing machine.
Monday evening I finally faced the inevitable.
I don't like this blouse. I'm never going to wear it.
And I gave myself permission to quit.
The blouse is now sitting silently in the trash and I am free to begin sewing something I'm excited about. Another version of Simplicity 2701 (blog post here).
So tell me. Do you ever give yourself permission to quit? Pin It