Sunday, November 9, 2014

Evolution Of A Wiser and Happier Broad

Took a mini road trip to St George, Utah
yesterday with two gal pals.
Gone are the days of long or even several day long
 road trips and a frenzy of buying.
 I happily returned home with this meager selection,
and with memories of 
a delicious lunch and happy conversations
on the road...

As I continue to evolve into the 
woman I wish to be,
I know I need to be wise with whom
 and what I include in my world, 
if I hope to stay true to my goals.

Those of you who have kindly hung around here over
the years know that I have been "internally" downsizing,
even though right now 
I am unable to "externally" downsize
(actually move out of this too large abode)

This means I now have more empty drawers, 
empty closets and my under the bed spaces
are no longer crammed with stuff
and the garage has empty boxes and bins.

All of this makes me soooo happy.

I still have stuff,
don't misunderstand...
I still buy a few selected things,
after much, much, nauseatingly much consideration, 
with apologies to anyone who has to witness me
 giving items "a ride in my cart".

Accumulation however is not desired,
and I am committed to always have FAR
more going out than coming in, until
I only possess what I need, use and adore.

I am not there yet, primarily because to do 
that now would leave me in a house with
many totally empty rooms.
Unless I purchase gym equipment for an entire room,
 roller skates for another, do wall to wall yoga mats
for a third and maybe a hot dog stand for the fourth,
that seems kinda silly.
So I do what I can as I can..

About 12 large boxes and 3 huge bins
of holiday decor left
this house since summertime,
so 1 small box of a perfect hue of wee
reproduction Shiny Brite ornaments came in.
The rest of my road trip stash
 will go into the studio,
to be used in projects, for myself,
 my friends, and the booth.
If I can keep this kind of balance going,
a much wiser and happier gal I'll be.

local friends

Ronda and I worked in the booth
 a couple hours today.
We have loads more going up each week,

with the goal being to have 
completed stocking for Christmas by 
"Doodlebug" on December 6th. 

Ronda has the loveliest stocking shaped
wine holders for hostess gifts,
 and gorgeous Holiday themed table runners,
in a variety of fabrics.
 Her last series sold out quickly, so
don't wait too long.
And for your Vintage Loving friends,
her "Vintage" embroidered
caps and tees are best sellers 
and she has them in my favorite color

Have a great week chickadees


Val said...

" As I continue to evolve into the
woman I wish to be,
I know I need to be wise with whom
and what I include in my world,
if I hope to stay true to my goals."

I love this, and I love this entire post. ♥

Kathy said...

In the words of William Morris - bring nothing in to your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. Well said and well done!

Tracey Broome said...

Five boxes of my daughters toys are going out the door today. She is twenty one and probably want need that fisher price farm set with the broken door and silo! I worked in the attic all day yesterday, walking down a very cluttered memory lane! Feels good doesn't it?! I have now reached a place where I can let go of some of those memories.

Donna said...

Your words today, especially:

As I continue to evolve into the
woman I wish to be,
I know I need to be wise with whom
and what I include in my world,
if I hope to stay true to my goals.

struck such a cord with me. I find myself going thru life changes and I found your words very helpful.

Thank you!!

Razmataz said...

I'm doing the same thing. I used to have dozens of collections and now I have no interest in them. I am going for a very pared down look. I am giving away so much stuff and I am thrilled to do so. The main decorative objects left are books. I will always have tons of books and love having them around.

Hope you are well.

Claudia said...

I want to follow in your footsteps, my friend. Time to do the same thing here.


Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Living here in our tiny cottage, I add a little, and donate a little. It is truly a case of keeping the balance, but so worth it. It also helps that we don't have closets. :)
Be happy & well, dear Z.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You have put into words what I am attempting to do also. It's a process and does not happen overnight. My move to a much smaller home last year made a big difference in the amount of 'stuff' I have. I'm still downsizing and hope I continue this journey for always. I do love to find treasures but I will also continue to take more out then comes in. Love the ornaments you found and your journey to a simpler life.

Gayle said...

I'm headed to St. George tomorrow - can you share with me some of your favorite stops? Thanks!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

So, so happy I stopped in today...I sure needed to read this!
Thanks Z!!

Tanya @ Bead and Needle said...

SO happy that you got out for a fun day to St.'s been ages since I've made that trek, and I have a dear friend that lives there. Glad you're healthy now, too...found your email to my own "unchecked" email address just a few minutes ago. I should probably update mine to the one I use most often - will call in a day or two. Would LOVE to have a play date! XOXO

amy of four corners design said...

I admire your internal downsizing and the progress you have made...I'm on the same road but not as far as you yet...I have no empty drawers or space under the bed - yet - but I can see all of the floor space...we all measure progress differently!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've been reading through your blog to get caught up and learn more about what you are doing. I started purging in a small way but I need to do more. It's somewhat addictive and I love the satisfaction of donating, too. You've done so great! I'm anxious to get my Christmas decorations out and donate a lot of them, too. Thanks for the inspiration! Sweet hugs, Diane

Jillayne said...

I like this, the slowness of it - makes one know it's real and not just a purge-of-the-moment...
I buy with the same careful consideration, thinking on things a lot and almost always ultimately deciding the treasure can live at the store and they can dust it.
Our house is four floors so there is plenty of room but I am slowly reducing my lot as well - it's never been full to the gunnels in here but I am bringing it down anyway. Being prudent...

Kit said...

I can so relate to this. I have been purging for a couple of months and like you said - it feels great! Kit