This week has felt like hard work.
There seems to be a lot going on and not enough time to do the things I want to do because the things I have to do keep crowding in.
I have been given a very, very precious gift (which I hope to reveal tomorrow) but it has required some hard work on my part.
This year I want to live greener – produce less waste, re-use things, buy less stuff new and more second-hand or handmade. Part of the challenge of all of this comes down to also owning less.
In the 90s there was a brand called No Fear and one of their slogans was ‘He who dies with the most stuff wins.’ I have seen variations on this theme but this week my challenge has actually felt completely the opposite. I have been really looking at those things I own that I am unlikely to ever use and knowing they will stand as a testament to my own selfishness at the end of my life. (You know a bit like hoarding food in the war when people were starving).
I have been going through my considerable fabric stash and reducing it.
This is challenging for me. I don’t like to get rid of things ‘just in case’. You know ‘just in case I lose weight’, ‘just in case it comes back into fashion’, ‘just in case I need it one day, ‘just in case the person who gave it to me realises I got rid of it’.
This week I have tried to be really ruthless with my fabric stash – yes I still have rather a lot but I think I can say honestly nothing I don’t think I will actually use.
So in living green I am throwing out???? Yes. I am reducing the amount of stuff in my life so someone who will actually use it can have it. I am learning it is wasteful to own too much too.
So I hope all the people who receive, buy, find the results of ‘my process’ are blessed by them and find creative inspiration.
I still have more than The Atlas (and my mother I’m sure) think is necessary but it’s about 4 carboot loads less than it was if that’s any help to them!
Today I received a lovely present in the mail from a magazine who published a letter I wrote.
You know what I thought Someone understands this is a learning curve for me. Someone has sent me a little kiss from heaven to encourage me along my journey of inner transformation. Someone loves me even though I have a LONG way to go.
*** I’ll never be a minimalist though – sorry mum!****
Catch up with other people’s progress over at Cate’s
Tune in tomorrow for the big REVEAL (I hope, still got some work to do!).