I recently spent an evening ironing leaves. It was raining, and I needed to continue designing scarves for the PSWT Open Studio Weekend coming up November 12 & 13. The leaves I had on hand, despite being pressed, were crinkling up. Problem solved. Not a glamorous way to spend an evening, but there is nothing like the smell of a freshly ironed leaf! (You laugh? Try it!) Ironing has a bad rap (ask Edna Turnblad, who was always ironing, endlessly ironing) but sometimes chores like these are actually fun disguised as work. Take my intense studio days: I can moan about all the work I have to do, or I can enjoy the gorgeous colors, the softness of the silk, and the surprise of a “mistake” turning into something beautiful and unexpected. It’s all in how I frame it. It’s also about being present.
Do any of you have clever ways of reframing tasks that seem at first glance to be drudgery? Do share! We can inspire each other!