Make 2019 the BEST year of your life! How? By reveling in the moment. Our word of the year: MINDFULNESS
Sunny optimism, cool creativity & sweet silliness has been an integral part of our sewing studio’s success (thank YOU for “getting” us & supporting our mission. We’re extremely blessed & grateful!).
Our doors opened in 2014 with an intentional, magical formula & one other key element you may be unaware of - MINDFULNESS.
We know this unusual word - MINDFULNESS - can seem foreign, rather technical, a bit scary, 100% hokey pokey & definitely religious. It’s none of those things. The message behind it is so pure & simple: be CONSCIOUS, PRESENT & AWARE of each & every moment. And person.
Our new/returning students can attest to one thing - feeling ultra-creative & unusually courageous (w/superpowers) once they leave our doors. And so very inspired! Our mindfulness practices can include some or all of the following omg-was-I-practicing-mindfulness-wow-so-easy-peazy activities:
Focusing on the art/sewing project at hand. Other than operating heavy machinery & the fact that you can definitely hurt yourself (“it feels like a paper cut” she said. NOT)), creating/sewing requires your undivided attention each step of the way. From concept, to planning, to cutting & drafting, your intense focus of each step will translate into an effortless euphoria
An intentional awareness of where our clothes come from & how they’re made. Who made our clothes? Where & in what condition? What materials were utilized? Were animals/humans harmed in the making of my fashion garment? How can I become more mindful with my fashion choices? Is it possible to sew my own wardrobe?
Yoga / meditation before & after sewing. Preparation before we begin our sewing projects such as wrist, arm, shoulder & lower back techniques to release tension & “crafting” pain
Teamwork & positive reinforcement REQUIRED on individual sewing projects. Kindness, encouragement & helpfulness rather than hidden competition or that really unproductive “I’m better than you” mentality
Creative solo “nooks” or corners throughout the studio to hone your unique “aesthetic.” Yes it’s ok (and recommended) to take some time for yourself to think, feel & digest the moment. Weird & strange ideas/concepts/people are embraced instead of feared
A focus on YOU & your learning style. As a former teacher, we know each student is different & everyone has their own comprehension, pace & attention span, which is why we offer so many different opportunities to learn how to sew (private lessons, group classes, private groups w/family & friends, etc) as well as teaching sewing/fashion design from ages 6 to 100. THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY, JUST YOUR WAY
Sweet, silly, unexpected gifts for our students & families to show appreciation & gratitude. Free of charge (what a silly concept these days. In the end, it’s just “stuff”) because we’re driven by PASSION, PURPOSE & MINDFULNESS (see how we tied that in? ;-D)
Engagement in one moment / one project / one person at a time (100% presence & awareness) instead of scattered efforts in multiple areas
Our hope is that you, too, will try to be more mindful in your daily interactions. TIP: Imagine a world without social media & cell phones. Look people in the eye when you’re having a conversation. Ask how they’re doing & refrain from selling your own agenda. Offer assistance if someone seems to need a helping hand & most importantly, LISTEN.
See that kooky MINDFULNESS thing isn’t scary at all! Give each person/project that crosses your path the time, respect, admiration, undivided attention & awareness - aka YOUR PRESENCE - and witness magic, beauty & A-HA moments blossom all around you!
(EEEK did we go through 2018 without blogging? Do lengthy Instagram posts count? Selfies w/inspiring quotes? Ok we’re not fooling anyone. We WILL be more mindful about blogging in 2019! - Nina