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Spotted Dog Farm Blog

Cool Women

Today's inspiration comes from Hana Getachew, a textile designer and creative director at Bolé Road Textiles.  I particularly like it when she says "Just start!  Even if you're only 60 percent there, just start."  I totally agree with that - it's so easy to be paralyzed by the feeling of not being quite ready, but eventually it becomes true that you're never fully ready, and in fact it might only be the Elizabeth Holmes's of the world that feel 100% sure of what they're doing. 

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Stay In Your Lane

I've been working on staying on track during my work day - which can be surprisingly hard to do when you work from home.  Basically I'm in total control of my schedule - which is awesome! - but also leads to lots of opportunities for detours.

Yesterday drove home the importance of staying in my lane.  I was supposed to be doing some computer work, but I wanted to go dig up some stuff and investigate a farm issue that I am utterly unqualified to address.  So, when faced with the option to do what I was supposed to vs what I wanted to, I picked up a shovel.  And then I created slightly more of a problem than previously existed, and totally freaked myself out since I had zero expertise in what I was playing with anyway.  Yeah - totally should have stayed at the computer for the hour.  Then my accounting would have been done and I wouldn't have found myself freaking out over something I shouldn't have been in the middle of anyway. 

Turns out my giant problem - not a giant problem once I talked to the expert.  Just not a problem I personally can solve.  Yeah - here's to staying in my lane.

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Current WIP

Checking in with a quick update on my current work in progress.  And for once that's  singular - only one work!  That's actually my preference - one thing at a time - but I don't often manage to stay there.  

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We're All a Little Broken Here

I wrote the following post in 2016 - about a year after my dad died.  And then I didn't hit publish, because it felt like I was too close to it.  But I just found it in my drafts, and wow, reading it took me right back there.  When I was fumbling to find normal again, and thinking I could maybe see it but wasn't quite sure.  And it's a relief to look back and think that yes, things have gotten better.  But the rawness - that still makes my heart speed up a little, and my breath get short, because for sure that's how I felt most of the time that year after my dad died.

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Count Your Stitches

I've been on a knitting binge, but now I'm back to crochet. I love crochet - lots of upsides, including the ability to always try it on as you go (since it isn't crowded onto needles), to be sculptural, to happily freeform different shapes without much plan and see in real time how it's turning out (again, since it isn't crowded onto needles.) 

But you know what I don't love?  The ability to lose a stitch and never realize it. 

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Evolution

I've been reading a bit lately.  (Well, I'm always reading, but my taste usually runs towards frothy fun fiction and I devour those like candy, but lately I've also been adding some substance into the mix.)

One book recommended by a friend:  Executive Toughness.  I think this title is kind of a misnomer, in that you in no way need to be an Executive or have aspirations thereof to benefit from this book.  It's more of a "figure out what you want and make a concrete plan on how to get there" kind of book.  Count me in.

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International Women's Day

Yesterday was International Women's Day, and I'll admit I started the day with a little skepticism.  It seems like lots of days are named different things without much traction, but as yesterday wore on it started to feel different.  The stories and images I was seeing were inspiring, and thought provoking, and most of all made me feel proud to be a woman, and proud to support other women.

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The Creative Process

People like to ask about the creative process - as in, where do my ideas come from?  And I usually have no good answer, but today I sort of do.  Because it has occurred to me that all of my good ideas come from doing something.  Rarely from thinking about something - as in, I can't think my way into my next good idea (which is kind of a bummer because it would certainly be easier and less time consuming.  But also a lot less fun.) 

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