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      Aug 18, 2018

Find (or rediscover) your passion…

I was invited to a focus group last night for a sewing magazine publisher; a friend of mine runs a great sewing business Sewing Belle and knew I love to patchwork and sew, so invited me along. It was a perfect storm of visiting grandparents and husband home early to get the kids to bed so I could go… 6pm is not a great time for a parent! I even had a shower and wore something without stains – I felt like a princess. Lately I’m simply too tired to go out, even though I have a number of lovely friends and groups I enjoy – so I have really missed the social interaction and non-child related moments. Not only was cake being served, and some amazing freebies but I really enjoyed being in such interesting adult company. I felt invigorated by the discussions about what a good sewing magazine should contain and felt giddy at the idea that people would value what I had to say – mostly because in the middle of the school holidays I’m hitting a peak of being ignored by the kids. It was a lovely relaxed evening, and home before I turned into a pumpkin too.

I sometimes feel like background noise at home, and as an individual parenting can often make you feel invisible – so it was enchanting to be somewhere I felt so ‘me’. It has confirmed everything I already knew to be true about finding your passions and making sure there is time in the week or month to express them (whatever they may be). I have spent the last 15 years helping other people discover their passions and make plans for how to incorporate them into their lives – I taught time management, journaling, confidence building, how to manage perfectionism and lots more. You would think I would have my own needs totally sorted but of course knowing something and being able to put it into practice are not the same thing – but I have a many pronged plan…

  1. I’m going to encourage my children to share my passion for making things, they already do lots of crafting so adding in sewing won’t be too hard. It’s then something I can do with them… they seem keen so far having seen the free pattern to make a fabric butterfly in on of the magazines from last night! It’s also a great way to use up scraps and fabrics that are currently in the loft waiting for me to find more hours in the day. This also fits with our frugal habits, and reusing/recycling lifestyle so it feels good on lots of levels.
  2. I have dusted off my sewing machine and it’s now in an easy to reach location, with just one project alongside so I don’t have to spend ages finding what I want or deciding what to do. When Mr Frugal is studying in September I will start sewing at the same time. When Mr F’s work schedule allows I’m going to attend the evening sewing group again – even if I’m too tired to actually sew!
  3. I’ve started a new board on our Pinterest Page – Frugal Fun Sewing to help collate ideas and inspiration. Feel free to follow along and share.
  4. I’m thinking about how to incorporate the frugal aspects of sewing into this website… a new page or an existing one… any ideas welcome x
  5. I’m going to approach some sewing magazines with ideas for articles and a regular column.
Identifying that I need some time for my own passions is a positive step – now the real effort of making it happen begins…

What are your passions, and how do you fit them into family life? 

Please share...


  1. I agree with 6pm being a terrible time as far as leaving the kids to go do anything...good luck on this new endeavor!
    Reply 22nd August 2017 at 1:39 am
    • @thefrugalfamily
      It was meant to be that I went along at that time! I've already re-positioned my sewing basket so it's as step in the right direction!!
      Reply 22nd August 2017 at 5:40 pm
  2. It always feels great to be part of adult conversations with like minded group of people!
    Reply 20th August 2017 at 2:51 pm
    • @thefrugalfamily
      Doesn't it feel good! They actually listened to me the first time... miraculous...
      Reply 22nd August 2017 at 5:48 pm
  3. Aw go you for recognizing a passion that you'd let fall by the way side! I am not a sewer but I LOVE creating and doing projects. It makes me feel accomplished ;)
    Reply 18th August 2017 at 9:12 pm
    • @thefrugalfamily
      Yes, feeling accomplished is an nice way to explain it - of course I did make these four children which I should remember more often!!
      Reply 22nd August 2017 at 5:46 pm
  4. This is such a great post. I feel like sometimes it's so easy to get lost in everyday tasks that we forget to do things that fulfill us.
    Reply 18th August 2017 at 3:49 pm
    • @thefrugalfamily
      Thank you. I have felt a bit lost lately... getting my mojo back now x
      Reply 22nd August 2017 at 5:42 pm
  5. I'm glad you found another hobby. My mom loves sewing but too bad I don't have both the talent and the patience of learning one.
    Reply 18th August 2017 at 3:10 pm
    • @thefrugalfamily
      It's an old love that I just haven't been making time for lately - I'm not at all patient so hexie patches are my friend!
      Reply 22nd August 2017 at 5:42 pm

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