giveaway 05 at gina sekelsky studioHave you been reading the comments during Giveaway Week?  It's like curling up with a good book!  I'm loving the stories of your favorite names and all the book/blog suggestions, and knowing what causes speak to your heart.  Thank you for celebrating the week with me!  As an extra thank you, I'm offering 21% off at lettergirl through Monday.  Use coupon code AZALEA when you check out and you'll get 21% off your total purchase.  Cheers! TODAY’S GIVEAWAY: any address stamp in my shop:  self-inking or red rubber, you decide.  You can choose an old favorite like Samuel (photo above), or something new like Mirabel.  It's up to you! TODAY’S QUESTION:  This week I wished I had more time to respond to every comment.  I try hard not to say, "If only I had more time..." because I make choices every day about how I spend my time and what my priorities are.  If I had time for another priority, though, I'd be a better hostess.  I'd invite friends over for delightful little lunches and I'd treat overnight guests like royalty (instead of making up the guest futon while they're pulling in the driveway).  For now, I'm reading aloud with my kids and making healthy meals and going on bike rides instead.  (Oh, and working!)  Maybe I'll make/have time to be a better hostess "later" (roughly the same time I will have a cleaner house?).  How about you?  If you could add another priority to your plate, what would it be? Giveaway winners will be announced here on the blog on Monday, July 22nd.  Good luck!
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42 Responses to Giveaway No. 5

  1. Heather says:

    If I could add another priority, it would be reading. I really miss regularly spending hours (even one a day) in the world of a book. I get that sporadically now and when I do, I realize how much I miss it.

  2. If I could add another priority, it would be to be a better meal planner and a better listener, both to my husband and to my kids. It is hard to cut down on the “mind chatter” to make that happen, but knitting and yoga are tools to help! Cheers!

  3. Michael says:

    If I could add another priority it would be house cleaning/organizing/decorating! I’m trying really hard this summer to try and find one “fun” thing to do with or for the kids this summer. On top of that we have summer band and sports and a relatively new dog. And I’m trying to build my business. But I think household has to find a way back toward the top of the list soon! I love helping others figure out fun organizational and space ideas and decor — but don’t give my own home the time it deserves to make it more nurturing. Perhaps I need an expert to help me move that priority higher! Good luck and congrats, Gina!

  4. Bethany says:

    I would definitely choose being more organized. I love having everything in its place, but this does not mesh well with a 1-yr old running around the house! I have so many unfinished projects, clutter, and things out of place, if I stop to think about it it will drive me crazy! But I wouldn’t trade this time with my precious girl for anything. Organization will just have to take a back seat for now. 😉 Thank you so much for the generous and fun giveaway! I have enjoyed it all week!

  5. Kristin L says:

    I need to find time to dive back into sketching. I love the feeling when the pen meets a blank page, and yet between teaching, studying, and having a personal life, it is easily forgotten. Routines start small, and I think I will have start by taking an art journal approach and actually schedule the time into my day.

  6. Jessica says:

    If I had time for something else, it would be taking a course “just for fun” for ME . . . like flower arranging or calligraphy or cake decorating. Something creative! I used to stamp cards and other projects, but since my three children arrived, I haven’t done much creative!

  7. Casey Z. says:

    This might sound odd coming from a stay at home mom, but I need to make it a priority to actually stop and spend some true quality time with my kids. Between doling all the cooking, cleaning, laundry, ironing and odds and ends things, It seems like I rarely make the time to actually engage in one-on-one pretend play with my preschooler or do things like sing nursery rhymes and read more books to my toddler. I know the time is there, I just need to manage it better!

  8. Tami says:

    Something I wish I could introduce into my life is meditation. I think it would be really really good for me.

  9. Kim Almeida says:

    I would definitely use more time for creating and being creative! Lots of things fall into this category, like photography, print projects, jewelry projects, decorating projects… and I think I would probably set a decent amount of time to clean my “project room” as well, which has unfortunately temporarily been named “The Chaos Room”. Oh, and I would make more time to work on my handwriting, perhaps attending a “Love your Letters” workshop! 😉

  10. If I could get my act together, I’d have more time to spend on the projects that are really meaningful to me: my hobbies, working on my family tree/history, visiting elderly friends who would probably love some company. Siiiigh… As much as I like to think I’m organized and busy and doing important things, I also know I waste a lot of time on stuff with no long-term or eternal value. Thanks for asking this question, Gina!

  11. keri says:

    oh if only… first on the list would be ‘daily exercise’. i love to create, cook, spend time with my kids, etc, but what my body needs most is regular exercise! and there just isn’t enough time in the day/week/month/year to fit it in regularly! but i’ll keep trying :). then i’ll feel better about indulging my love of creating, cooking, etc!

  12. Rebecca Beeson says:

    Oh this is a tough one! But I think more than anything I need to prioritize my own health. I get so caught up in my work and helping others, I don’t take the time to exercise daily. I also admire your decision to be a better hostess. My poor friends when they visit usually get caught on the sofa amidst a pile of magazines and papers. So, number one priority, health. Number two priority, hostess with a clean house!

  13. chel says:

    WRITING FICTION and POETRY. I started a story back when Gracie first came home (it was the only creative thing I could do with a nine month old under foot!) and as she grew and started using art supplies, I sort of abandoned it in favor of art-focused creativity. I miss writing it so much.

  14. Mallory says:

    Something I’ve been needing to work on incorporating into the priorities of my life is learning to live in the moment and truly breath each one in. Memories and experiences come and go in the blink of an eye and sometimes we are too “busy” in life to stop and enjoy them. Living the Air Force life has brought may great things but I constantly find myself looking for and planning what’s on the horizon – whether it be the next deployment, mission or next base assignment – instead of appreciating the joys and experiences each day has to offer. Because we move every 3 years to a new place, I want to make it a priority to discover and enjoy the wonderful experiences and treasures of every different place we live. Live in the moment!

  15. Stephanie W. says:

    If I could add one priority to my plate it would be to make and tend a garden. I really want to but starting has been impossible and the lack of rain where I live only makes me even more hesitant. I read about all the fabulous, healthy, fresh, organic…blah, blah, blah…produce that people are picking from their back yards. Oh well, there’s always the farmers market, and next year.

  16. Stephanie says:

    I wish I had time to write more – blogging, journaling, etc. it’s something that I’m trying to make more of a priority because I will regret not taking that time later on.

  17. Esther says:

    I would love to bake more regularly. It’s a hobby of mine that I tell people, but to be honest, I don’t make the time for it like I should!

  18. tammy b says:

    had, i’d return to meal planning and cooking. in fact i’d give the whole cook once eat for a month thing a try!

    • tammy b says:

      i get that in the end it’s supposed to save time, i just can’t get the time or energy to do the planning, shopping and cooking right now!

  19. Dawn says:

    I wish I would make time for journaling each day. I buy beautiful journals, but haven’t been good about writing in them ~ a Gratitude Journal, Garden Journal, and a Tea with Friends Journal. Perhaps I will try journaling early in the morning. It would be a lovely way to begin each day! I love writing old-fashioned letters to friends and family, near and far. I dream of trying Art Journaling one day, too! ♡
    Gina, I love the questions you have asked each day. They really make me stop and think. It’s such fun to read all of the comments! Happy 21st Anniversary!!

  20. CJ says:

    I would declutter like mad! There is always something that can be got rid of to make more space.

  21. Carolyn says:

    I am working now at adding more writing into my life (I am unable to do the job I worked many years to do and so have been a bit in limbo so I thought it would be helpful to write more about my traveling and other endeavors.) I started a blog and have written several posts and I plan to write once a week once I finish my move next week. 🙂

  22. erin says:

    i would add EXERCISE. even if that means just working in my garden.

  23. Kellie says:

    Depends do I get more time and less responsibility? Yes? Then definitely cooking! I would love to make more fancy meals, try time consuming recipes instead of what’s the quickest meal and what will everyone (picky kids) actually eat…

  24. Cori B says:

    My answer is kind of 2 I wished I lived closer to my Mom, so in my free time I could help her more. Sit with her at chemo, take her to doctor appointments, clean her house etc…

  25. Angela says:

    By far I would be a calmer Mother; more laid back;
    I would also write more letters to people that I think of often that I don’t get to see or talk to. I love the old fashioned letter, crazy that it’s old fashioned, but I think it is and I’m not that old. I got an official hand written letter from a girlfriend last year around Christmas time and I cherished it so much….and I have never written her back…how sad is that, but it’s still on my mind. So I would take time to send cards and letters promptly, not forgetting birthday’s and special occasions and I would write letters and this would help me to be a calm mother 🙂 Maybe someday!! 😉

  26. Kathy says:

    Favorite question so far this week. Just within the past few years, I have been introduced to quilting…and I am in love for so many reasons. The creative outlet, the endless possibilities, the easy patterns that are quickly thrown together, or the difficult designs that take years to complete. Most importantly, I am drawn to the emotional connection that comes through a quilt. Every quilt has a reason it was made, a purpose, a story. When my kids are grown and move away from home, I want them to take a piece of their childhood with them…a piece of me. Something physical that can remind them of our home, our happy little family. Something physical that can remind them how important they are and how much I love them. “If only I had more time”…I would quilt the stories of my little family.

  27. Liz says:

    I would love to do some remodeling projects. And reorganize the pantry. How did the pantry get so messy????

  28. madelia says:

    I would add going to visit with people more.

  29. Masko says:

    Always wanted to learn watercolor painting and that’s what my former work-a-holic father started to do after he retired. Now he sits at the deck of his lake house and paints. Being across the ocean, I can only manage to see him once in 4 years (and I’m the only daughter!) I would visit and paint with him.

  30. maria says:

    I would add a weekly time out for coffee/tea with a friend, hoping I could find one that is willing to make that commitment! Maybe bimonthly or monthly since most people are so busy lately!! I so long for that right now!

  31. Carol Jones says:

    I have so many, I have limited them to three, in order of priority:
    1. Spend more time reading the Bible
    2. Get back to sewing – specifically piecing quilts
    3. Return to tutoring children in an afterschool program

    If only….

  32. Deb says:

    I’d make organizing a priority, because when my home is organized everything goes more smoothly.

  33. Monnah says:

    If I had more time I would help more. I would love to babysit, fix dinners, write encouraging letters, love more…

  34. Amy Avery says:

    If I had more time I’d play more with my hobby of photography. I recently took a class at a local art school to try to jump start my creativity, but I found the pace too fast and had trouble getting the homework done every week. So I won’t do that again because it kind of backfired but I keep telling myself that once I get the house under control I will let myself play a little more. Perhaps I need to start setting aside some more play time now.

  35. Lyssa says:

    I feel like sometimes I spend so much time chasing my kids around and trying to keep up with all their activities and hobbies that when I do have “me time” I just don’t know what to do with myself! I would love to learn a new skill that I can enjoy and put to good use…something that doesn’t include doing laundry or cleaning bathrooms lol

  36. Jennifer C. says:

    If I could add another priority, it would be to stay in better contact with old friends. Taking time to sit down and write a card or letter (or even an email!) or just pick up the phone and call always gets pushed to the end of my “list.” I feel like I should *take the time to do it, not try to *make the time to do it.

  37. Jill Galstad says:

    I would dedicate more time to music making.

  38. Linda Sco says:

    If I could add another priority it would be taking time with those few close friends I hold dear in my heart. One on one time, investing into these relationships. Too often my time is divided up with my family – whio are all precious to me! – and work and the “have to’s” in my life . I realized that I have set aside the “care and feeding of friendships” and thus I can feel a little out of touch with friends I treasure.

  39. MoniCue says:

    I’d make more time for crafting and art. I still don’t do that. And, I’d incorporate my writing business so I could take on more assignments without weighing the legal possibilities.

  40. Stella Paeglow says:

    My love is photography but life gets in way so I don’t get to go out and shoot very much. I would love to have more time to just go out and take pictures without having to rush back to get something else done.

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