I’m posting (and writing) this one day late because that’s my life these days. I picked this picture because it’s kind of sketchy, much like my career. [rimshot] Ahem. Sorry. But it really is why I picked it! My motivation these days feels like whoever built it forgot to install the on switch. Very bare-bones.
I never got around to doing New Year’s Resolutions or yearly goals or anything of the kind — January just sort of glided by and then it was over, which, whatever. Maybe it won’t be as long before it’s not freezing cold outside again. Silver linings!
I’ll get back to that. That as in monthly thoughts and yearly resolutions. For now, let’s talk about decluttering!
HOW I DID LAST WEEK
My goal was to declutter on two levels: physically and mentally. I’m happy to say I got a lot of work done on the latter, most of it yesterday. I bought a new notebook last Tuesday, squared paper to encourage doodling and just give me a newish playground since I’m generally obsessed with single lined, and yesterday I broke it in by listing all my things and sketching all my bookcases, drawers and closet to see how I could take better advantage of my space. Surprisingly (to me), it turned out a couple of “eureka!” moments! e.g.: I have a desk tray that’s no longer being used because I now keep my laptop charger in a drawer away from my cat and my sister’s taken all her school stuff to her own room. So I can keep all the notebooks I use on a daily basis and my rolled-up patterns there! Mindblowing, right? …maybe you had to be there.
I put together a double page for blogging as well, and started a temporary to-do list — as opposed to the running ones I’ve been using with little success since I scrapped my last solid to-do list format back in January of 2013.
Then I went out to the post office and mailed the two parcels I was too late to mail on Saturday — returned a pair of earrings and shipped this phone case (which I love in person even more than in theory, which was already a lot) to a customer. And I resumed my search for boxes.
Oh, the box hunt. That’s a story all on its own. The short version is I bought a plastic container for under my bed on Saturday, and yesterday I found a box to DIY some jewelry trays into, a glass thing for my nail polish, and a basket/tray/open red thing I’m keeping on my desk now with all my basic writing and crafting supplies, the cahier I’ve been journaling on for the Create.2014 e-course, the to-do list notebook, and my planner.
So far I’ve organized my nail polish and organic Etsy-sourced makeup, and used one of the two pretty sturdy perfume boxes my grandma left behind to hold all my small sewing supplies (buttons, labels, zippers, lavender, elastic) within the top basket drawer of the ironing table I bought last month. My desk looks a lot clearer, too. But there’s still a lot to do.
Oh, and I accidentally bought a tripod.
Weekly Wishes [Link-up]
I have no fucking clue. Keep decluttering. Take more breaks from my laptop to do notebook related things. Sew. I just got some patterns I bought last week and I’m not terrified at all, what, one of them even says EASY on the back!
I just dropped (got dropped from) one of the projects that had been weighing most on my mind, which is honestly a relief even though a part of me says it shouldn’t be and that I should have made more of a paying opportunity like that. But I couldn’t bring myself to do it and it was bringing back all the creative issues I got rid of when I deliberately quit writing on a regular basis. I didn’t have a chance to build up a new, healthier set of habits. There’s another site I’ll probably be writing for soon, but it’s more of a casual arrangement and they agreed to wait, so I don’t even feel bad about this one. I wrote a couple of nice articles I’ll post on this blog sometime soon and I can focus on the outstanding jobs pertaining to the fields I want to work in and into which I haven’t yet dragged any weird baggage.
Just don’t tell anyone in my family about this. I don’t want to give them ammo, and my mom might get sad.
Speaking of ammo, I have a couple of family-related posts I’d like to write sometime. But I think I’m going to take a break from my laptop right now. To regroup and stuff.
What do you do when your motivation is MIA?