Since my first embroidery project, experimenting with freestyle doodles a year ago, I kept thinking about embroidering a mandala but my brain over-analyzed the "effort" to get the project up and running. It made no sense. I had the floss, the fabric, and could sketch a mandala. But I'd have to re-figure out how to do the few stitches I'd learned & already forgotten. Ugh. It would take time away from drawing, from reading, from laundry, from the "stuff" we have to do. Ugh. Why do we resist something we really want to do, something good for us that we know we'd enjoy? I tend to see things as either-or, all-or-nothing. If I add something, I can't do something else. The truth is that you can accomplish a lot of things if you move your priorities up the totem pole. Or at least ON the totem pole.
Ultimately, I used SARKs concept of micromovements to trick my brain into doing ONE ridiculously SIMPLE ACTION: cut cotton fabric. Which lead to another SIMPLE ACTION: put fabric in hoop. Then I drew a mandala on the back of the fabric! It's like I had to get through that infinitely complex hurdle and then all was well.
SARK's micromovements get you started by breaking down what you need to do into the absolute tiniest imaginable steps. So tiny that you cannot talk yourself out of doing the next step. Something that takes less than a few minutes. Learn more in SARK's book Make Your Creative Dreams Real.
In Part 2 of this adventure, details about the project and work-in-progress shots!