Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A Lesson from Bow Making

Anyone who really knows me and has been to my home during the holidays knows that I LOVE to decorate my home for the holidays. Thanks to a mega Christmas store closing a few years ago, I have tons of beautiful ornaments, three trees, and other gorgeous Christmas accessories, including ribbon.

One thing that has bothered me about my beautiful Christmas decorations is that I didn't know how to make my own Christmas bows. How can I take such pride in my Christmas home decor and NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE MY OWN BOWS! So, this year I decided that this was my year to make handmade bows.
My first attempt took 1.5 hours! Yep, 1.5 hours! I was ready to give up. It was taking way too long. I called my mother to vent. Then, I took my time, focused, figured out what type of ribbon and method worked for me and low and behold--I had made a handmade bow that wasn't too shabby.

After the first one, I tried another and in less than 10 minutes, I had a beautiful handmade bow (pictured above). Now, I am a Handmade Bow Making Machine! I've been making bows while on the phone, while watching TV--it's now like second nature. I've even made bows for friends!

Learning to make bows made me reflect on my fat loss journey. It seems like getting the hang of this journey and be consistent is taking way too long. At times, I lose focus and forget work works for me. But, then I take a step back and take time to reflect on what works for me and visualize a leaner Shay Shay. And it all comes together. I am in this place right now. It's the holidays, so it will take extra effort. But, I am up for the task!

I AM Shay Shay! The Bow Making Machine!