Monday, January 4, 2010

A Holiday from "shoulds"

I am going to be taking a holiday from blogging in January.

I know I have that button, "blogging without obligation," but really, it doesn't work! I still feel like I ought to blog more regularly.

A therapist I know has a business card with all the usual stuff on the front and on the back is this line
Don't Should On Me!

I'm taking blogging out of the should category. Recently I've felt I wasn't always me when I've posted and I'd like this space to be both pretty and real.

Usually I don't make New Year's Resolutions, but this year, while soaking up the sun in the desert, I thought I would get more organized, get rid of the excess stuff I have collected over the years,** blog more, stop leaving my studio and shop in such a mess, make more art. You know the list!

What seems do-able sitting on a bench in the sun doesn't always seem so easy under grey skies and with all the stuff at home that yells at me: 1000's of inches of wallpaper to strip, boxes and boxes and boxes of stuff to sort thru, laundry, papers to file.**

Something had to go. As much as I love blogging, I realized I needed to revamp 3 really important areas of my life, and the blog was one of them. The other two are getting the shop ready to re-open in March, and designing a studio I can really create in!

So I'm taking my creative life on as a full-time job, 9-5. I have no idea if I can do this. I would much rather sit down and read a book than do anything else. Shopping & going out for lunch are easy! Getting into the shop/studio is tough. Staying there all day is almost impossible. But if I don't do it now, I'll never do it. I have so many beautiful ideas. I know I have taste. It's the Nike slogan
Just do it!

Feel free to leave comments or send emails. I will respond to all of them. I'll also let you know when I'm back.


**While on our trip both my kids asked if I had seen the TV show Hoarders. My daughter was glad to discover hoarding is a "thing;" that other people have trouble with holding on to things. The kids said they didn't think I was that far gone, but perhaps I ought to watch it as a cautionary tale. They're right. I'm not a hoarder, but I do have too much stuff and it's tough to get rid of it.


Lori said...

too funny, i was just talking to my friend Jamie and she was asking me if i had seen the show hoarders...i haven't...but i am going to watch for it...your pictures are beautiful...i hope you had a good time on your trip...see you when you get back Marilee!!! thanks again for bringing my Christmas gift to me...i enjoyed reading the comments about them too...i think they are the prettiest set of dishes i have ever seen!!!

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Oh my goodness - the show "Hoarders"! We know it well! There are some episodes I just can't even bring myself to watch... it hits home with we collectors! lol

Have a lovely break, though I know you won't actually be taking a break... you'll be creating! What a joy!

Catherine said...

Just dropping bye for a New Year hello to my fab swap partner. Enjoy your blog vaca, look forward to your return.


Pearl Maple said...

Stopped by to see how you are weathering the weather, keep seeing reports of more storms and lots of cold when everyone is waiting for spring.