Farm, Home, Life, Organize

The Hidden Corners

A picture is worth a thousand words….

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Exhibit A: side view of glorious mess
Exhibit B: top view of glorious mess

This glorious mess was my craft closet. The place you go to for glue sticks and markers. Where the glitter, paper and paint hang out. Where the wild things are.

I was doing admirably well on my decluttering mission but I could not face the craft cupboard. You see, I have been a teacher for the last decade. That pile of junk represented years of well thought out activities and all the chaos that they bring. It represented children whose faces lit up when I told them it was time for art. It was their pride in creating something of their own that made me just so happy to be the one who got to share that moment with them.

It was also a festering cubby that had grown into an aggressive stash. It would attack anytime someone opened the door searching for a clipboard. It was time…

The empty space. Wow. That’s a pretty big cupboard!

I have come to the conclusion that these things just take time. I am still adjusting to not being a full time teacher. It hurts a bit not to be that anymore but it’s where I’m at. I gave myself permission to get rid of what I no longer needed and also to be who I am right now. This stuff that is so meaningless was tied into who I was, or who I had been. Now I have set it free and also myself.

I can honestly say I feel like the possibilities are endless. God use me for YOUR glory. Make me what you will.  ❤

Also some cool bananas I drew a while back. Because Bananas.

….🎹🎶🎵”Isn’t she lovely?”🎼🎵🎤…..

Um, sorry I was having a moment. Anyway, all the useful stuff found its way back home. No more leftover school stuff and half baked art projects. I may or may not have opened the door just to gaze at it 10x in a row…

I know it doesn’t seem like much but this cupboard really nagged me. More for what it represented to me than anything else. Sometimes the things we collect can really hold our minds in limbo. I have found decluttering to me is much like showering or praying.  The weight of worry lessens and you just feel better about life in general.

Unfinished business is always at the tail end! Thrift and gift time! I take out the trash then I can donate or gift any useful items in not going to use.

Aaahhhh…..did you hear that? It was the cupboard door closing with nary a bump!

Best of everything to you all!

Holidays

Resolutions or Goals?

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Anybody want to shine with me?  Let the new year begin!

 

I’ve been contemplating resolutions lately. I’m not knocking them but for me it just seems like I’m setting myself up to fail. And when I do I have the crabbier meanie version of myself telling me in my head “Well, that settles it. You really thought you could do this thing but…we all knew it would end this way”. Ugh. Defeat is such a disgusting word. I refuse to live there. That’s why I’m ready every time a new year rolls around. Bring it on!

This year I’m setting goals. I usually set a ton every year. I call them goals rather than resolutions because with a goal you have a single purpose that you are always aiming for and an understanding that some days you may miss the mark. Resolutions are more like hard rules that once they are broken seem to be hollow and without much sincerity.

So goals it is. I know I’ll fall short from time to time but my aim will always be the same. Plus, I learn to give myself a bit of grace in the process. I can be a little (lot) hard on myself and that is a habit I’d like to do away with.

I’m not trying to be perfect in a day either. I’m setting much fewer goals this year that are meant to be more impact over time.

Meaning…..? Meaning that with consistent daily steps I will inch closer to becoming the person I need to be. Yay! In order to make this a more reality than theory I gave myself only a few things to focus on. Too much is just too much. One year I had over 50 goals…um, no Veronica. That’s not how we are going to do it anymore…m’kay?

My top five list for 2019:

1) Pray daily

2) Bible daily

3) Mindful health – take care of myself

4) Write – journal, stories, blog …whatever, just write!

5) Live simply- keep order at home and in finances and in personal life (mind & body)

I’d love to hear what things you are hoping to achieve in the new year.

Happy New Year….hello 2019!

Let’s shine!