Time for Change

It’s time for a change!

What?

You know…new year, new life.

Um, it’s the middle of February. Aren’t you getting started a little late?

Well, yes. But–

No buts. You’re late. And you haven’t posted a thing since November 17. This is change?

It hasn’t been that long. Has it?

Go on and check. I’ll wait. After all, that’s all I’ve been doing lately.

Um, okay. I apologize for being gone so long. But–

And you promised changes two months ago. Somehow, I don’t think abandoning me and your readers was the change you had in mind.

No, it isn’t. And before Betsy interrupts me again, taking two months to put up a blog post is no way to run a blog. I don’t need my inner critic to tell me that.

I’ve had a lot to think about and a lot to do over the holidays, even with my minimalist mindset. Plus, February 8 is the first anniversary of my mother’s death. So that’s been on my mind since Christmas, remembering all the events that lead up to her death (whether I want to or not). Another thing that’s been on my mind is the direction I want this blog to go. Yes, I will continue to document my journey here, and I will offer advice and instruction that I come across or develop on my own. But there needs to be more.

Like a lot of people, I’m not one-dimensional. I have several interests, goals, and plans for my life. Sometimes it’s hard to decide which direction to go. Left? Right? Forward? Sideways? None of the above?

I’ve been that last one for far too long. Even when I started minimizing, I felt like it was more of a sideways step than a forward one. Sure, minimizing is only going to improve my life, but how is it going to help me find direction?

Looking for Direction

Minimalists like Joshua Becker say that once you clear out what’s weighing you down, physically and mentally, you’ll begin to find focus and direction in your life. I guess I still have a lot of work to do because my vision is still pretty murky.

I also know I tend to latch onto an idea/plan/hobby and pursue it for a while, then drop it in favor of another. I’m finding myself in that cycle right now.

One of my long-time hobbies has been cross-stitching. It’s something I’ve been doing for 30 years, off and on. I once lived with a certain someone (who shall remain nameless), and he once asked me what good my hobby was if I didn’t make any money off of it? Well, that comment pretty much sucked the wind out of that hobby for the rest of the time we lived together, though I held on to all my supplies. When I moved away from him, I immediately picked up that hobby again, and I’ve been going at it off and on for 10+ years. It amazes me now how I let such an off-handed comment influence me. Anyway, that hobby switched on again, and in two years, I finished seven projects and started an eighth before I put it aside. That was in part due to my interest beginning to wane and Mom getting sicker and needing more of my time. In the year since she passed, I’ve picked up the needle a few times, stitched for an hour or so, then put it aside until next time, whenever that might be.

Lately, my mind has been on stitching, but on creating my own patterns as well as stitching patterns I’ve purchased. I’ve always been drawn to geometrics and pixels as an art form and cross-stitch perfectly encompasses both. I also collect inspirational quotes, and I love quilts (geometrics again). So I’m playing with some designs that incorporate those interests.

So I guess maybe the clearing out of some of my physical clutter is indeed freeing up my mind. And occasional blogging about it helps bring it out.

I’ll continue to minimize and blog about my experiences in that arena.

But I have to follow my heart, go where my whims take me, so I can find out what I’m meant to do.

What is success?

No one is — well, hardly anyone is — successful their first time out.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
― Michael Jordan

Persistence equals success. There are numerous successful businesses founded by people who failed at other endeavors before they found the one that succeeded.

Item By Item isn’t my first blog, so if it isn’t a success, I’ll just have to keep trying until I find a topic that resonates.

Until then, I’ll continue down my minimalism/stitching/whatever path and see where it leads me.

Life is supposed to be an adventure, right? Well, I guess I’m adventuring!

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