I grew up in a house dominated by introverts. When the whole family gets together, we often joke about how “partying” to us usually translates into quietly reading or crafting in the living room and hanging out in “stretchy pants”. To this day, family time is often low-key and intimate, with one-on-one conversations scattered around the house while people take naps on the couch. Yep, seriously. My sister-in-law has often laughed at the contrast between her family of mostly (passionate Italian) extroverts and the introverted family she married into.
It makes me chuckle to think about the different ways each of us are wired. But whether introvert or extrovert, each of us needs rest.
“The way we rest is unique to each of us.” - Shelly Miller
I love these wise words by author Shelly Miller because it’s so true that rest looks different for each of us. Rest and refueling to one person might be quiet, extended alone time, and to another that might be torture! Maybe you’re someone who is instead energized by being with other people - family or close friends. One person likes to take a quiet walk in a park, another loves the activity and sights of the city.
A few weeks ago I wrote about being intentional about refueling and the new Thoughtful Stitch Kits™ I created. The real purpose of these kits is to serve women who struggle to make time for themselves. My hope is that these kits will serve as invitations to slow down and carve out a little self-care time, even if it's just here and there over the course of a day or weekend.
Just like rest doesn’t look the same for everyone, enjoying one of these DIY embroidery kits doesn’t have to look the same for everyone either. I love that there are different ways you can make use of these projects to refuel, and here are just a few ideas people have shared with me as I’ve released these designs:
Friday night relaxation in front of the TV - How often, after a long work week, do you have the energy to go out on a Friday? Save that for Saturday night! Fridays are for yoga pants and top knots. Thoughtful Stitch Kits™ are perfect for curling up on the couch with a hot chocolate and a little Gilmore Girls.
Quiet time for the Mom of littles - When you’re a mom of little ones, your work week doesn’t come to an end. You are always pouring out—giving, nurturing and caring for someone. And you love being a mom. You want to be the very best mom you can to your kids. But in order to do that, you need to rest and refuel too. Maybe more than in any other season of life, this is one where you have to intentionally find pockets of time to do things that bring you joy. I love how hand embroidery can be worked on here and there - at soccer practice, waiting at the bus stop, during your toddler’s nap. Practicing “rhythms of rest”, as Shelly Miller likes to say, will make you a healthier mom, wife, employee, and friend.
Craft night with girlfriends - Recently I had a craft night with a bunch of girlfriends. We spent two hours together—laughing, sipping wine, creating, snacking and chatting. And we came away from that fun evening richer, energized, and with something pretty for our homes. Working on Thoughtful Stitch Kits™ with a group of friends during a wine and chocolate night is a great way to get out of the house and relax with a DIY project.
Quality time with your tween or teen - As our daughters grow older, it can be increasingly challenging to have quality time with them. Thoughtful Stitch Kits™ are appropriate for kids 11 and up and can create an opportunity for you and your daughter to learn something new together while spending time with each other. Plus, it’s important for our kids to see us choosing to rest and refuel, doing things that bring us life.
Creating connections with a granddaughter - As I talk about embroidery with people, one of the things I’ve heard over and over is: “My grandma used to do that!” In a sense, hand embroidery is a traditional art form that is being brought back into current culture with a modern twist. As we rely increasingly on technology, the experience of working with our hands to create something beautiful can become a lost art. How special it would be for a grandmother to share this classic craft with an older granddaughter? These kits can be a special way to create connection between generations and make fond memories.
However you use one of these embroidery kits, they are always meant to be little invitations to refuel and rest. Rest can look different for each one of us, but the important thing is being intentional about making time for it.