I think we all know the importance of tying up loose ends. Whether it is financial, like paying off a credit card, ending that lingering friendship that doesn't bring any joy to your life, or just completing a project that has been sitting around for far too long, the feeling of completion can be a surprisingly huge weight that is lifted. Yet we all seem to procrastinate just a little. Getting a few things checked off your to-do list is rewarding and freeing. The lightness that comes from letting go of things that drag on is a welcome feeling. As we change into a new season, take the time to check a few things off your list and tie up some loose ends. We all need a little reminder some days.
A few weeks ago, while looking for something for a craft project I came across a macrame plant hanger that I had started almost five years ago. Why this project wasn't completed is beyond my ability to remember things from a time where my life was drastically changing. My father had terminal cancer and ultimately passed. Macrame is one of the crafts I learned to keep my mind busy while caring for him in his final months. To find the only incomplete macrame project from that time in my life just laying in a box with so many loose ends that just needed to be tied up was surprising and a true testament to what has been going on in my life. I had actually just started to revisit and complete some personal matters from that time in my life. Funny how that works.
A couple of weeks passed with the incomplete macrame removed from the box and now sitting on my craft table. I honestly didn't know if I could remember how to finish it. We had just visited the most wonderful garden shop in Dallas and come home with several plants that would look fabulous hanging. Our rented house actually has several hooks for hanging plants throughout many of the rooms. So what was holding me back for so long? I haven't got a clue, but as soon as I set out to finish the project, it was if my hands just remembered what to do. Within a short few minutes, the top portion of my project started to take shape, and in less than 30 minutes it was done. It turned out gorgeous. I definitely wish I had seen it in that box sooner. I bet if I had finished it years ago it would still bring me joy or more likely been given away. Whatever the reason for the timing, it is now hanging with a new plant and a sense of accomplishment. A gentle reminder to tie up those loose ends into pretty little knots and surround yourself with things that bring you joy.
Home cook, Mom, wife, and crafty creative, Mandy is from California and has traveled the world and lived in lots of places. She has fallen in love with Dallas, TX and calls it home.