Friday, January 31, 2014

UNCLUTTERED: PART TWO {EMOTIONALLY}



I want to live an uncluttered life.

Physically     Emotionally     Spiritually


I have traveled around the world and back on this post.  It really has been so . . . emotional.  And what I now conclude is that cleaning out emotional clutter takes a fair amount of courage, a good bit of introspection--and, of course, the grace of God. 

And unlike physical clutter, there is no case to be made for holding a little bit back--just in case.  It is all or nothing. 

Emotionally



Just the idea of spending time alone used to frighten me.  Now I crave it.  Sometimes I just need to be alone to think, to plan, to pray, to listen for His still small voice, and to analyze things like emotional clutter.   

God speaks to me in the quiet, in the solitude.  He spoke to me about this. 

Before I get to the biggie, however, let me just state the obvious:  Not dealing with things sins like envy, greed, selfishness, discontent, hurt feelings, pride, unforgiveness, etc. is a great way to accumulate emotional clutter.  All those things come paired with serious feelings.  This stuff can't wait for spring cleaning.  It must be worked on every single day.

I wish I could say easy peasy  and be done with it, because I love to say easy peasy.  I don't get to say it often enough.

My revelation:  A lot of emotional clutter is accumulated through getting involved in activities or relationships that we should not be involved in.   

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

UNCLUTTERED: PART ONE {PHYSICALLY}


I want to live an uncluttered life.  

Physically     Emotionally     Spiritually


It is a lot harder than it sounds.  I don't really understand why making and keeping things simple is so complicated and challenging.  Simple should just be that:  simple. 

One thing I have realized about myself, an organized person who is schedule- and routine-resistant, is that an uncluttered life comes from having a plan, setting some boundaries, making some lists, having some accountability.  Although life with a fly-by-the-seater may be interesting; and I dare say, far more fun, sometimes I just have to re-group, slow down, and clean out the junk drawer.

Physically

I want to be surrounded by things I love, things that make me smile, things that serve a purpose, whether functional or emotional. 

I am drawn to and long for the blank canvas of white. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

KITCHEN REDECORATING: FIREPLACE & CUPBOARD

before after fireplace
I agonized over this project for a long time.  I am not sure why I care that some people are horrified at the thought of painting an antique since I am not one of them and do not reside with one of them.  Phantom opinions slowed me down.  And then there was the thought of all that work.  And then one day I was introduced to Amy Howard's One Step Paint.  You may remember that I used it to paint over cabinets at the cabin.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT

Tessa needed a special birthday present for her friend's 18th birthday this past week. Of course, we knew this day was coming, and it would have been nice if we had not waited until the day of her party to work on her present. It really is something how creativity is at its maximum when there is deadline pressure. I have never been able to figure that out.

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We enlarged a photo of the two of them and embellished it with beads and charms. 

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Everything was wired on through the foam core board that the photo was mounted to.  Easy peasy.  Of course, I would have gotten better photos if Tessa did not have to run out the door with it about 32 seconds after we finished. 
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