While the weekend usually signifies the beginning of some time off of work for many people, for me it means jumping in and starting new projects. Not because I spent the week lollygagging – in fact, it was pretty much the opposite – but because after accomplishing a tremendous amount of organizing and weeding out of things I feel ready more than ever to get going on some new design work.
I often state here that I love my life. I want you all to know that I don’t just say that for the blog here or say it without much thought behind the words. I mention it because I am very aware of how fortunate I am to have such a good life and be so content.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t encounter difficulties. Everyone does. Just this past week I have been battling with some tax issues that resulted from (once again) my accountant making errors. Fortunately, it is now under control and in the process of being fixed, but those of you who have read for several years probably remember that this isn’t the first time that she had made mistakes. Upon my return from Chicago I was notified by her office that she retired, leaving me in the mess that she created over the past four years that she was doing my taxes. Nice.
The parent company (H & R Block) is trying to make amends though, and I have heard from several top people in their organization that they will put me as a priority and get the amended forms in as soon as possible, as well as offer compensation for the errors. I suppose that is the best that I can expect, as you can’t turn back time and undo what has been done, only correct it.
Years ago this would have sunken my ship. But because I look at things differently now, I have taught myself that we can only move ahead from where we are, and while I have had to take the time to re-submit things and go through papers that I thought I was finished with, I know it could have been worse. I am not sure why, but I feel a sense of calm and I am not panicking because I know that on my side, everything was done properly. Fortunately, in rectifying the mistakes I will receive some money back from the agencies and my name will be cleared. Everyone involved has been nothing but nice and helpful, as they understand that mistakes can be made. So we move on from here with a lesson learned.
In between phone calls and paperwork, I spent the week tearing apart just about every drawer, closet and cabinet in our place. I have sorted and reorganized every nook and cranny in our small place here, as well as my things that are over at Keith’s mom’s place. Much went out. Much was given away. What is left are the things that I really love and need to work and I can put my finger on everything in a second.
No wonder I am so happy.
De-cluttering is something that many people dread. It seems the longer we procrastinate about doing something about it, the more we avoid it. As a result, things just keep building to the point of no return where the task of organizing is right up there with scaling mount Everest.
Once it is at that point, it is easy to avoid the problem and put other things ahead of it. But that only allows the problem to grow, along with all of the anxieties of knowing that it is growing as well as not being able to find things. I know for myself that when I spend time looking for things it is a clear indication that some additional organization is necessary. I can’t think of a more troubling way to waste time than looking for something you know you have. The frustrations that accompany searching are a real “buzz kill” when you are feeling creative. Usually, once you do find the elusive item(s) (IF you find them!) you are so aggravated from both the process of searching AND the realization that things are a mess that your mind is pulled into a black hole of negative thinking. And how the heck are you supposed to be creative when you are like that??
So as I sit here, high atop my mountain, I feel in no way superior, but completely victorious over the abomination of clutter that I was accumulating.
Every tool, paint, piece of wood and instruction book or magazine is exactly where it belongs. Once I got going, it was difficult to stop myself and as a result, even my clothing, food and pantry cupboards are all in order. Old, expired things have been discarded and what remains are things that I will need and use – AND because of this paring down – there is room to SPARE!
I have achieved a total and complete victory!
But the BEST part of this process is that by going through everything and looking at all the nice wood, paints, supplies, tools that I have, I am so inspired that I can’t WAIT to get designing again! Not only do I have a million ideas (slight exaggeration, but not much!) but I have wonderful tools to create them with.
My beautiful, shiny NEW Excalibur scroll saw is calling to me! As are my awesome DecoArt paints and finishes! I have ‘found’ new surfaces to paint on and have ideas for creating my own surfaces and projects that I will truly enjoy making. Let the flood gates open!
This whole process took about a week as far as I figure. But as I look around here at my wonderfully tidy and comfortable place, I know that it was worth it. I have accomplished the mission that I set out to do and I couldn’t be happier.
With that said, I am off to start my day. I have my next project for the magazine to work on today, which includes a CONTEST for the readers to participate in. I am going to be using a couple of new products and hopefully the results will be something that everyone will like.
After several weeks of being away and feeling ‘lost’, I sit here with my beloved Pancakes on my lap and I am once again in my comfort zone. Life is good and there is so much to look forward to.
I can’t wait to begin the next chapter!
Have a wonderful Saturday! I hope you find the time to feed your creative soul! :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"