08/16/2017

New Projects

I fought tooth and nail to convince my parents to send me to piano lessons. When they finally conceded, I was very motivated and diligent, practicing many hours a week before my Monday lesson. But eventually, I became more interested in learning popular and folk songs rather than the mechanics of scales, chord progressions, and technical exercises. So I skimmed over them. I discovered that I could get by with sight reading those unfavorable exercises rather than practice. I had little motivation for the things that weren’t shiny to me. Unfortunately, this means that I am probably at the same skill level I was then. It hindered my progress. You see, at some point, what we set out to do (learn piano) takes work, and it isn’t fun.

The desire to only work on things that inspired me led me throughout my life to start projects only to leave them unfinished. The quick, instant gratification projects usually got finished. But anything that really required me to dig deeper to just finish the dang thang were left to collect dust.

When I completed my KonMari Tidying in 2016, I edited out a lot of those unfinished projects – DIY projects, a scarf I started in 2009 (2009 y’all!!!!), various home improvement projects, to name a few. Some of these unfinished projects it physically pained me to let go. But the truth is, I would probably not find the motivation after all that time had passed to pick it back up and finish it.

Am I doomed to be an “unfinisher” forever? I don’t think so. I learned from the pain of facing all those lonely projects collecting dust in my closet. It wasn’t a pleasant feeling.

For example, now when I consider buying yarn (I admit I have a Yarn Problem), I only purchase when I have a specific project in mind. Too many times have I thought, “It’s so pretty, I will find a use for it.” I never find a use for it. This has allowed me to keep my yarn collection down to a tiny basket (vs. 3-4 large plastic bins before, some even kept at my parents’ house). Developing some guidelines for myself has been very helpful in staying focused and ensuring I set myself up for success to be a “finisher” right at the very beginning.

Now, when I am craving for a new project, I will ask myself, is this something that matters to me? Am I willing to put in the work when it isn’t fun? Will I enjoy the process instead of just envisioning the end result? Will it help others? Does it relieve stress for me?

And I just might have a few new projects in mind…

06/28/2017

30 Day Clothing Spending Fast

Good morning! I'm writing to you today from the sunny east coast in Maryland this morning. I'm here on business, but it is one of my favorite places to travel. When I have a few (very few) spare moments, I like to enjoy the backroads surrounding the (many, and circular?) highways that wind through old horse farms and historical estates, just beautiful. If I was up to running speed (feet + ankle physical therapy right now), I'd be out there this … [Continue reading...]

06/20/2017

All the Things I Thought I Wanted

If we take a quick look around the internet and social media, it is not long before we find something that catches our attention, causes us to pause through the scrolling, if only for a second. We see someone's post from a beautiful location, another person sporting a perfect six pack on the beach, the fashion blog writers with their on-point outfits wearing the latest trends (seriously, do those people re-wear an outfit, EVER?!) many more with … [Continue reading...]

06/13/2017

Scaling Down Time Commitments: The Final Tidying Frontier?

I know it's been FOREVER since I released a blog post, so I apologize for the hiatus and the more-than-likely informality of this post. I want to get my feet wet with writing again; I've still been journaling, pondering, meditating. Yet somehow nothing has ended up here. It could be because my work firewall blocked my blog 😂 so I can't multitask anymore. Which is probably a good thing, but... hey. Give a girl a break. Some people take real lunch … [Continue reading...]

03/28/2017

Creating a Minimalist Pantry

My latest tidying project involved finally tackling my pantry... It has been through many phases of "organized", but I started fresh with a new goal in mind: simplifying my dietary choices, streamlining my meal prep/cooking each week, and keeping track of what I really enjoyed eating and what didn't make the cut. My strategy is simple: one binder where I print & save recipes I like, with the end goal in mind to have a rotating meal plan. … [Continue reading...]

03/28/2017

My Laughing Heart

As I journaled through my thoughts this morning, it became clear that a ray of sunshine has parted the clouds of the last few months. God has poured out blessings and abundance into my life, such abundance I couldn't have imagined as I scaled down again and again the amount of "things" in my life. Creating more space for Him, and slowly, He is filling up those empty spaces, empty moments. He is turning my perceived "lack" into "more than enough." … [Continue reading...]

03/21/2017

The Ongoing Magic Of Tidying Up

It seems as though there is one flaw in all the minimalist writings I have stumbled upon: the lack of emphasis on the ongoing nature of the minimalist lifestyle. I'm not even sure I like using the words "minimalist lifestyle" because it implies I've joined some sort of cult. Okay, maybe I have. In that case, I counter my own argument by saying that Jesus would also be in that cult (he had no possessions besides the clothes on his back and his … [Continue reading...]

03/16/2017

Finding Peace

Meditation Mount in Ojai, California It's been over 3 months since I've made use of any sort of social media platform.  That sentence is the first thought I've given it since I decided to give it up.  It's strange to think that a year ago this Lent, giving up social media was a real struggle for me, I was addicted.  It makes me wonder, how did I have time for the mindless scrolling, the carefully curated posting, the "keeping up with the Joneses" … [Continue reading...]

01/17/2017

A Dying Ember: New Years Burnout

Good afternoon y'all! I know, not my regular posting schedule. And how is it January 17th and this is my first post in the New Year? Well, life. By January 15th, 75% of Americans have failed to uphold their New Years Resolutions. It's January 17th, and can I be honest? I'm burned out. Am I part of the 75%? I'm teetering on the edge. But here's what I propose: just keep going. By December 31st, my pent up "do better this year" energy is just … [Continue reading...]

12/29/2016

Goodnight 2016, Hello 2017

Good morning friends! It is quite possibly my favorite time of year: the end of it 😂 In all seriousness, I love taking some time to review the highlights of the past year, set goals for the upcoming year, and just take a moment to reflect on my life in general. 2016 felt like a life-changing year for me. It definitely had its ups and downs, but I find myself finally starting to reap the benefits of the hard work I've been putting in on my … [Continue reading...]