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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Blog draft started 9/14/10:

When I'm driving to work, I'm full of thoughts for my blog. But now that I've sat down to write it, I've got Writer's Block.

Two major things have happened since my first blog. I have made a start ( a slow one - but a start) on dealing with the clutter in my house AND with setting up the spare bedroom as a studio again. I had set up a loose plan to deal with that. Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to sign up for some art classes AND I took it (without one second of hesitation).

I was reminded of the idea of setting a 15 minute timer to alternate work with play by . I used to do that with my son when he was little. We would pick up the house for 15 minutes and then we'd play for 15 minutes. Now I do it with my inner child. I also saw a wonderful blog about a Bucket List. In deference to my inner child, I came up with a point system that gives me money towards my Bucket List. If I leave early for work, spend 15 minute increments on organizing work, or go to bed eight hours before my alarm, I give myself points (some things get more points than others).

I own a whole bunch of folding cardboard file boxes with covers. When I moved from NH to Hawaii in 1994, I bought five dozen file boxes (they made of recycled papar). My husband and I used them on our move. Each dozen fits in its own box. We used them again for several moves during the seven years I lived in Hawaii. We used them again when we moved back to the mainland (first to life in an RV and then to our house in Florida). Now I'm using them to box up some of the clutter. Some of the boxes are going in one room. They have stuff that I'll sort through after all the other work is done. Others are going temporarily to another room. After I get the closet organized in the studio, they will have a home there.

The next step is to move my art stuff out of the studio closet. Some of it will go back to it's original home under my drawing table.

On my drives to work, I get overwhelmed with the beauty and at times ache to start drawing or painting again. The universe has heard my unspoken request. Last Saturday, I committed to taking art classes one night a week starting in October.

I had started the process to take back my studio before I met up with an artist and teacher, Carol Conti, over the weekend. When she mentioned that she was going to give lessons in her house, I jumped at the opportunity.

Note on 10/3/10:

I'm still slowly working on my clutter issues. The progress is slow but it is progress.

I've slowly started rereading a book that is subtitled "Create the Space for Miracles by Freeing Yourself from Too Much Stuff". A sentence leaped out at me: "What am I making room for in my life by cleaning clutter" (book info:" Lighten up! Free Yourself from Clutter" by Michelle Passoff; HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., New York, 1998; p25). I haven't worked out all the answers for me but it is in my awareness.

On another issue: I've come to realize I need and have given my self permission to add more escapism time into my days. I've been listing to books on CD's that I've downloaded to a small, inexpensive MP3. It means less time on the Spark site, but it's adding more emotional balance to my life.
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