PP 095: The Fugly Blanket

Quick Show Notes: The Fugly Blanket

In this episode, I share how my recent craft project is very similar to an obstacle often faced in our personal and professional lives!

.@thekimsutton shares how my cat 'Fame' who recently had her five kittens, inspired her to knit a 'Fugly Blanket'. Join me at http://www.thekimsutton.com/pp095 #PositiveProductivityPodcast #cats #FuglyBlanketClick To Tweet

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PP 093: Seasons of Life

Episode Transcription

Today I am going to talk to you about the Fugly Blanket. Now, I apologize because you know I don’t really like to curse on here. So, if you know what fugly means, I hope you get a laugh out of this, and I’m really trying not to teach your kids any inappropriate words. So sorry Mom and Dad if that’s a word that your kids pick up.

In Episode 93, I shared how my cat “Fame” just last week had five kittens and at the present moment “Fame” and her five kittens are sitting in a 30 gallon Rubbermaid bin next to my desk. I also shared with you that the story of that Rubbermaid bin would come up in a future episode. So, here it is.

I don’t know if I have shared in previous episodes that in my spare time — OK, let me get real in my spare time of the past — I have really enjoyed knitting. In fact, when Dave and I got married in 2012, I knit the dress that I wore to our wedding. Be sure to check out the show notes at TheKimSutton.com/PP095 to see a picture of that dress.

Anyway, it’s been quite a while, two plus years, to be exact, Since I’ve really done any type of knitting or crochet or needlework whatsoever.

When the kittens were born I had “Fame” in one of those plastic bins that you can store wrapping paper in after Christmas. However. “Fame” was getting really agitated because of our littles running around the box, and our dog “Penny” circling the box, and she started trying to take the kittens out of that shallow box, and put them into some fabric file boxes that I have behind my desk.

That just wasn’t going to work. It occurred to me that I had this 30 gallon bin full of all of my yarn in our bedroom, and much to Dave’s dismay, I opened up the bin poured the contents of it onto our bed and relocated the cats into this 30 gallon bin.

So, I can hear you thinking over there: “OK where is this going and how does it apply to business?”

Well, when I cleaned out the bin, I realized – I had a lot of great yarn and I have a lot of ideas and if I just started piecing them all together I could make something great.

The Fugly Blanket

Now, let me tell you none of these yarns were really meant to go with each other. However, I know that if I knit them together, I can make a very warm although, it’s going to be fugly blanket.

In our personal life and also in our professional life, we often start a lot of projects and don’t finish them. We have bits and pieces all over the place and sometimes you just don’t know how to piece them together. But when we finally figure it out, it can make something fantastically awesome.

Do you like how I’m wrapping this all back around now? I know that when I get this blanket completed it’s going to be something that my kids are constantly fighting over, with the few blankets that I’ve knitted already. It’s hard to know which bed a blanket will wind up in any given night. Usually it just has to do with whoever grabbed it, and wrapped up in it first. That person will take one of these blankets to bed.

So, when I was thinking about it I realize: “I have to start doing the same, with all that started yet incomplete elements in my personal and professional life as well.” You may have already heard me talk about how I have Chronic Idea Disorder, and how I’m working on writing that book. Well that’s just another example.

I have a lot of great pieces and elements for this book all over the place. There are pieces on my PC. There are pieces on my Mac, and I know that if I just put them all together, it’s going to be fantastic. It might be a little bit rough at the seams and I might need to do some modifications to make it all work, however, in the end, I’m really hoping it’s going to be great and it’s going to serve the purpose of helping others.

Where’s Your Fugly Blanket?

Today, I want you to look around and see you what you have started that if you just completed it could help you, could help your family, could help your clients, could help the world at large. Instead of working on a thousand different things and having nothing completed, take one today, and wrap it up. Or maybe it’s not today. Maybe it’s this week. Take one of your started projects and wrap it up. It might not be so pretty to look at, but trust me somebody somewhere out there in the world is waiting for this finished project, and after you get it complete you’re going to give yourself a big pat on the back and celebrate.

Now, with that said, go forth and have a positive and productive day.