Saturday, December 31, 2011

Letting Go

This isn't a new broom, but I'm thinking a lot about 'sweeping clean' and letting go.
And one of the things I'm considering letting go is this blog.

I am uncomfortable having two blogs.
But there are things I like to share that don't seem to fit with my vision for my other blog, Lizards in the Leaves. That blog is supposed to be for sharing my artistic journey, this one for sharing my never-ending quest to be more organized, to deal with my Stuff, to simplify, to live with intention and meaning.

I also have a web page.
And an empty etsy shop.

So I'm feeling a bit scattered - part of me here, part of me there....there ...and there.
Add  Facebook and Google+ and Twitter to really clutter things up.

I question whether it's good for me to have my cyber-being separated into all those parts. Or have all those homes to maintain.

So this is something I'll be thinking about during the coming winter retreat.
Maybe I won't let this blog go.

Maybe I'll just let go of the idea I need to post here 2-3 times a week. Not that I've done that with any regularity over the years, but the idea that I should is always in my head. 

My word for 2012 is Intention.
Are you choosing a word?

Have a happy, abundant year!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tea for One for Hours

I drink a lot of tea.

White, black, green. Various permutations in the form of Chai.  Sometimes it seemed as though I would just get started on my work when I would want to make another cup of tea. Sometimes I need the break. Need to move, stretch…both body & mind.  Sometimes I need to keep working.

I’ve begun taking tea with me to the bookshop I work with in this stainless steel tumbler.  I bought mine at Teavana when I was in Boston last spring. (There's a nifty little basket/strainer attachment so you can steep tea right in the tumbler, but I rarely do that.)

Last week I started using it at home. I pour out just enough for a few relaxing sips and the rest stays nice and hot.

Lets me stay focused on my work if I need to stay focused. And still have the bliss of tea.
In other matters:
Right now, things are not going well with my attempt to lose the regained weight.  I know it’s the exercise issue. And maybe the honey wheat pretzel twists.
I’ll figure it out.  I know that, too.

I’m also trying to figure out where I’m heading with my work.  How I want to continue my blogs. IF I want to continue my blogs, at least in the form they are now.   I guess I’ll figure it out as well.


Thursday, December 08, 2011

Inbox Zero Perk

GMail has some themes that change through the day.
I like Orcas Island and Ocean. This is Ocean.
Sounds weird, but being able to see the whole picture is another impetus for me to keep my inbox at zero or near-z.
I say use whatever it takes to motivate. Especially if it's free.

These ocean images calm me, too. Win-win.


Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Wisdom: from Chris Guillebeau at The Art of Non-Conformity

I've been reading a LOT of other blogs and websites lately, going farther afield than my usual haunts in the fiber arts.   I'd like to share what I'm reading out there from time to time, especially things which help me sort out my life and my Stuff.

I'll post such things with the label 'Wisdom.'

Today, I received an email from Chris Guillebeau at The Art of Non-Conformity. He offered his latest free pdf manifesto called The Tower. 

I'm finding it very inspiring, especially as we come to the end of a year, and especially for me in my just-turned-sixty threshold state. It offers simple wisdom on creating direction and meaning for one's life, on focusing one's energy.
I don't want to characterize it any more than that. 

You can read his introduction to The Tower and download it here.


Owl feather image found here.