As I get older, and each year feels shorter in relation to the years I have lived, I feel a greater need to make sure that I am living the life I want. This year I made a difficult choice that made me incredibly sad but, when I thought about how not making that choice was affecting me, I knew it was necessary. I also started the long, slow process of clearing out clutter and organizing my life. I crave peace and order in all areas of my life.
I had a huge yard sale and got rid of years of accumulated stuff. I have to admit that I have regretted selling a few things but the alternative would be to hang onto everything just in case I thought I might need it someday. I created a budget and put all of my financial paperwork in order so I know exactly how unlikely it is that I will be able to retire when I had hoped I could. I completely reorganized my studio and reminded myself that if I would just use all my accumulated stuff to produce and sell all the art I could make with all that wonderful stuff, instead of buying more wonderful stuff, I really could retire when I hoped.
I have also discovered something about myself recently. I need colour! I'm ready for my 70's earth tones to take a hiatus. So as a birthday gift to myself, I bought some bright new cushions on sale and pulled in a few other lively pieces from here and there in the house for a fresh look in my living room.
|My refreshed living room|