In 2023, I made a very important decision. My passion for weaving, combined with a work-related burnout, led me to work as a professional weaver two days a week. Meanwhile, almost half a year has passed, and 2024 is just around the corner. And of course, there is no better date than January 1st to implement a few changes!
And those changes really need to happen, because I am still looking for a new balance. Until the summer, I carried out my role as a project manager for NETWORKS from home, but since October, I’ve been warmly welcomed into the mathematics department at Eindhoven University of Technology. What I always knew has now been proven: this job and the colleagues are also incredibly important to me. But working in Eindhoven just doesn’t align with how I organized my weaving work during the times of COVID-19 and burnout, where I was solely at home.
And this leads to a paradoxical conclusion: where weaving has been my anchor during the most challenging times of my burnout, and where I’ve just decided to weave professionally for two days a week, I am going to let go of weaving a bit in order to find a new balance.
So… I say goodbye to the Daily Weaving Practice on Instagram from January. Not because I’ve grown tired of it after three years, but actually because I am feeling better. The outside world is becoming more significant again, and simultaneously, I still need more time to relax to stay healthy. An obligation of posting a Daily doesn’t fit into that.
However, completely abandoning the Daily is not an option. It has brought me too many connections with other weavers from around the world. I receive feedback that my account is so inspiring to others. Likewise, I’m also inspired by posts of other weavers, so I understand what it can mean for someone to follow inspiring Instagram accounts.
So, from January 1st there will be a different model: , the “Weaving Updates 2024.” With regular posts but at random times during the week, because there is no doubt that I will continue to weave. And who knows… it might even become daily again at times. 😉
I wish you all a happy and healthy new year with a lot of inspiration and creativity!