Well, as luck might have it, I’m about 100 years old below the ankle — which means that next Wednesday I’m having bunion surgery on my right foot. It’s to the point where I can’t walk very far without my foot aching. And I don’t even wear heels! I literally wore heels once last year, for my wedding ceremony, and I regretted every second.
And as I’m generally a pretty active girl (if you’d like, read about when I hiked Half Dome or did the Tough Mudder or hiked up Priekestolen in Norway), I need my feet to be in tip top shape. So after discussing it with my doctor, I decided to take the plunge and get it fixed.
Because this is the me I want to be:
While I’m excited to have my foot working properly again soon, it means at least six weeks of recovery — two weeks of lying on the sofa with my foot elevated, and then four more weeks of limited mobility, including no driving and limited, if any, sewing (I need my right foot to press that pedal! I could try sewing left-footed, but my right foot needs to be elevated as much as possible, so sitting at my machine will be difficult at best.).
It’s hard to prepare for the unknown. I don’t know how my foot will feel and I don’t know how I will react to the pain medication. I can’t remember a time when I spent a good chunk of time not really doing much — even when I’m on vacation, I travel to experience and not to relax. The idea of spending six weeks cooped up at our house is enough to make me want to run away.
Earlier this week, I wrote a blog for Operation Entrepreneur about preparing for a leave of absence as an entrepreneur. To get ready for my surgery, I have finished up all my open orders, and next week I will create a note in my shop saying custom orders will resume in March. I’ve cleaned up my studio, which I share with my mom, so that I can come back to a nice clean space. And I’ve also done quite a bit of personal planning, so I wouldn’t go stir-crazy while in Boring Couch Jail.
Here are a few things I have planned to do in the next six weeks:
Keep up with my blog and social media
Just because I’m not sewing doesn’t mean I don’t have anything to write about. You can still expect February’s Creative Inspiration challenge (themed “Show the Love”) and my monthly Five Fabulous Ethical Clothing Choices feature. I’m going to do a Throwback Thursday post each week, to give me a chance to update the graphics of some of my older posts with my new branding. Those are just a few posts — I actually have a post idea for almost each day for the next few weeks.
I can also spend some time writing blog templates and working out SEO for future posts I know I want to write — getting everything set up in advance will help save me time later when I go to write the actual posts.
Plus, I’ll pretty much depend on Twitter and Facebook to send me entertaining Sherlock gifs when I’m really having a hard time being stuck on the couch.
Business planning and goal setting
Being immobile is the perfect time to think more about where my business is headed and how I want to reach some of my goals. I’ll research craft fairs and other alternative marketplaces, connect with other bloggers about future projects, and modify the goals I set earlier in the year to account for my surgery and recovery.
Take online classes
I’m about halfway through the Ins and Outs of Illustrator class on Skillshare (highly recommended), which I will finish in the next few weeks. I am considering taking the hand lettering class, and maybe one on productivity and time management.
Learn how to knit (and other ways to be crafty on the sofa)
Well, I have technically learned, but I want to actually make something — a scarf or two, for example — instead of just knitting and purling back and forth for practice. I bought some yummy mustard roving wool and I can’t wait to make a cuddly scarf. I also have some English paper piecing I could work on, and I’m mulling over some Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery cross stitch.
Cut out a Swoon Quilt
Toward the end of my recovery, I can will probably be able to spend longer amounts of time on my feet. I want to make a Swoon quilt with the same colors I used for my Prism Pillow. I figure, if I’m able, I can slowly cut out my pieces for my quilt.
I’ve also joined a study at my church going through Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts, and a lovely local woman has offered to drive me until I’m back on my feet. I have several books I’m about halfway through, and I want to finish all of them, plus I have a few I want to start (and, of course, finish).
Friends are coming to visit, and my parents will stop by for the Super Bowl. I’ll perhaps finish up my thank you notes from the wedding (SORRY HALF OUR GUESTS) and write some online reviews of the places we stayed and went in Europe. Plus we got cable for two months, so I’ll be able to watch the Olympics, plus as much HGTV as I can stuff in my face.
And, of course, there’s always the looming kitchen remodel. Ryan and I have talked about how it might actually be the perfect time to start — he and his buddies can do a lot of it while I’m in bed or on the sofa, since I won’t be able to be in the kitchen anyway. We’re still on the fence about this, but it may just happen!
Have you been on a forced vacation like this? What did you do to fill your days when you were stuck on the couch?
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