What do you do when you are nervous? Some people bite their nails, some people pace, some people sweat. I would probably do all those things but I found one way to resolve some of my nervous energy by sewing.
A few weeks ago I had to give a testimony to my MOPS group. I was a nervous wreck. I knew my testimony could be helpful to some of the women but my testimony touches on some subjects I do not like to speak about often. Loss of a loved one, & grief, but the light at the end of the tunnel is my path to my strong faith in God. Although, I believe in the power of testimony I like hearing them more then giving.
The night before I was to give my testimony I went up to my room to write down my notes and nothing was coming to mind. My mind went blank. While I was sitting their I saw piles of material just calling for me. I should mention, in my room is also my sewing area and it is really easy to get distracted…and boy did I got distracted.
I decided I needed to make a new shirt for my testimony (this is my way of procrastinating too). I pulled up a pattern from Seamingly Smitten Called the Miss Mod Top and got to work. I worked for about 2 hours and this is what I made…
(This is me after the testimony can you sense my relief????)
I did make a few alterations…because I encompassed some of the design elements from another one of her pattern Jenny Lynn Shirred Dress. If you are interested in all the changes I made you can go to her blog Seamingly Smitten and look it up.
After finishing my top, I got my confidence up, released some of my nervous energy, and wrote my testimony. The next day I gave my little speech (in my new shirt) and it felt good. The best part of giving a testimony is it allows other women to see the value in opening up and sharing what is on their hearts. I would say the whole experience was a good one for me and I highly recommend sewing when you get nervous…it make you think better!
I realize most people do not sew to release their nervous energy, but we all do something. Maybe it is time to make it your nervous time into a productive time!! It is worth a shot, it works for me.