many years ago, when my daughter was a little girl in grade three,
she had a thing for the "goosebumps" story books
every scholastic book order, each time she had pocket money of her own,
if there was a new "goosebumps" book, she wanted it
after the third or fourth request i decided it was time for a sit-down
after all, there were much better stories for a young mind to feed on
her response was so uniquely her - insightful and thought-provoking in it's simplicity, and to this day, her answer comes to my mind very often when i query my own creative urges...
"mom! i read "good" books all the time! why can't i just sometimes read something for fun?"
she had me...
these little critters are my "goosebumps"
not serious art
but they are highly entertaining
thar mindless relaxation of making something that doesn't put one in a design dilemma dither
as they slowly come to life they each take on their own character
quite fun really, in small doses - not what i want to be doing all the time, but now and again, a boatload of fun
having said that though, i am ready for a new voyage of discovery...
i've talked on this blog now and again about time - how do you get more, make the best use of the time you have, make hard choices when there just isn't enough to devote to all your interests and desires...
with the talking came the thinking
and with the thinking came the deciding
followed most naturally by the purging...
understanding the simplicity of making room for the things you truly want
i've purged many things from this house over the past few months - remember my pre-holiday goal of 150 items?
i'm over 200 now.... patterns, books, ornaments, dishes, clothes... stuff
because one thing i truly want is neat cupboards and closets!
i haven't just been purging stuff though
through a good amount of soul-searching i have finally come to understand what it is that i want my life to be, how i want to spend my time, what the distractions are, and what's been getting in the way
oddly enough, at least to me, my annual sale at my house was one of the first things that came to mind
much as i have loved doing it, i can see now how much time and effort it takes
and so i decided on the morning after, when i got up and was thinking how much i felt like it was new year's day - unfettered, free to make whatever i wanted, that i didn't want to let that feeling go
and so i am letting go of the annual sale,
heading out into uncharted waters, finding a new path, a new creative journey of sorts...
just thinking about it is giving goosebumps