lately, I've been doing a LOT of simplifying, getting rid of, throwing away, giving away . . . and in that process, asking, does it matter?
what brings me joy?
and I've realized something pretty cool . . . just in my "physical" world . . .
I started in my bedroom, in my closets & in my drawers, with my clothes.
Now, maybe it's just me, but I see metaphors EVERYWHERE.
(Just keep that in the back of your mind as you read this ;)
I have found that I had a shit-ton of things that
do NOT matter,
do NOT bring me joy,
are NOT important,
and, while I'm being honest, most of these things served as a distraction, or were just there to fill up empty space.
And in the hours and days, box after box of 'stuff' to get rid of, I realize something pretty cool . . . I REEEEEEAAALLLLY dig the SPACE I am creating.
SPACE to breathe.
SPACE to move.
SPACE to grow.
SPACE to appreciate & honor the things that DO matter, now, today.
That beautiful skirt that I paid $45 for, that I used to love & wear, but has been hanging in my closet for 2 years & I will most likely never wear again . . .
Those German shoes that I paid over $100 for, but they are just not "me" anymore . . .
The jeans that are so god damn cute, have been in my closet for years & I have NEVER worn . . .
SO many things.
So many pretty things.
So many pretty things that I never wear, never touch, never use.
In giving them away, and going back to my closet now, you know what I see?
I LOVE every piece of clothing hanging up.
I WEAR every item in my drawers.
I see ME, today ME, not ME from two years ago . . . ME, in the present moment.
In getting rid of the EXCESS, I have made room for right now.
I have gotten rid of yesterdays & tomorrows that may never come.
I have a little moment of "now".
That gives my heart a little bit of PEACE,
and I really dig peace.
what do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
BTW, I've struggled with the too much "STUFF" syndrome for years. I've stressed & fretted & TRIED to get rid of it for years, to no avail. This summer, I picked up THIS little gem & it rocked my world & started me on my 'getting rid of all my shit' journey. I highly recommend it ;)
oh YES! In the spirit of 'getting rid of", I have put 41 of my print designs on CLEARANCE, most for $1. Go HERE & scroll down. All Clearance stuff is at the bottom.
What happened after I decided to clear out some old art? I made 2 new paintings! Huh. Go figure ;)