Drifting by

Do you ever feel like you’re just drifting by?  No purpose, no urgency, just living?

Since my last post, I’ve become pretty inactive and less-driven than normal, slowly ripping off the band-aid and ready to continue my dreams!

This past week I fell ill with the flu, so that was a major set back in the plan;

But… I can’t keep making excuses, and I must persevere through life’s challenges while harnessing the determination to reach my goals, ultimately relishing success.

Mark is out of town for a Sesshin.  I’ll make another post about Sesshin retreats since Zen Buddhism has been such an important role in my life, and nothing is as inspiring, harmonious, or life-altering as a sesshin.  Anyway, Mark is gone until Sunday.  Which means I have a lot of free time to use for myself!

I tried to get a decent start to my day by catching up on some routine chores (dishes, laundry, etc.). I’ve recently utilized the Konmari Method to organize my clothes since I had so many pieces unused in an unorganized chaos.  It makes doing laundry a lot easier and more enjoyable, not to mention that looking at nicely displayed drawers reduces so much stress and makes finding an outfit much quicker.


Konmari Method

Konmari.jpg

If you are unfamiliar with this way of life, I highly recommend learning more about the Kon Marie Method! 

Some basic components of Konmari are: 

  • Keep things that spark joy.
  • Discarding the idea “someday I will… use… wear… make..”
  • Treat your possessions as if they were alive, with respect.  (This helps with mindfulness.)
  • Celebrate the present, get rid of past souvenirs that clutter your house.

Wool Balls in Drawer:

Wool Balls

In case you were wondering why I have balls in my drawers.  I bought these spiffy wool balls to help reduce drying time, soften my clothes, and freshen the scent of my clothes.  I should have done more research before buying these since there is unethical treatment towards sheep, and knowing that I contributed to an animals suffering just pains me.  I also did not buy local and ordered from Amazon, but honestly, I have no idea where to find wool balls in my local area. 


Self Improvement

Considering this is a fresh blog, I will most likely cover a lot of the ideas, hobbies, etc. that I mention in later posts.  Hopefully, you will find this collection of thoughts useful, inspiring or interesting!

Please feel free to leave comments, I would love to read any feedback!

I have a little workspace by the main entrance of the apartment and today decided to organize the area to make it feel more inviting.  I cleared off the top, moved my storage rack and decided to hang up part of a newspaper end roll to create a board for my goals.

Constructing a Maguiver Wall Easel 

It was surprisingly simple.  I cut a newspaper end roll in half (I work at a newspaper publisher and these are super convenient!), found a piece of thick string and tied a knot at each end.  Then I threaded the string through roll’s opening (it resembles a roll of wrapping paper) and stuck push pins into each knot – hanging the roll of paper.

I just unravel whatever length of paper I want when needed and to help keep the hanging paper taut, I clipped a small piece of cardboard on the bottom.

Goal Poster

(Please excuse the strange title illustration, “Goals”,  composed of a worm, a whale, a fountain pen, a bird, and flowers)

You can see that I listed some goals that I’ve recently been focusing on:

Blog – I’ve recently had to write articles for the paper, which is completely frightening for someone who did not study journalism!  I decided to brush up on my writing skills with a blog and to learn more about myself.

Picture Book – Walking in the forest inspires me.  One day I thought of a story about the squirrels of the forest (in my head I think ‘Kingdom of Squirrels’ came to mind..) and their fight for their home.  Yes, it sounds like Ferngully or Avatar, but this deals with conservation in a familiar setting… Who doesn’t know what a squirrel is?  I’ll talk about this idea in another post, so stay tuned!

Language(s) – Refamiliarizing myself with French and Japanese has always been a goal.

Learn Video Editing – The other day we had a webinar for work, which I recorded.  I wanted to remove some unnecessary scenes in the presentation and using my handy dandy Creative Cloud Membership (ty work!), I was able to use Premiere Pro CS6!  It was painful learning at first, but it was a lot of fun!  I actually picked up a book about this, so hopefully, I will get better!

Improve Graphic Design Skills – For the past year, I’ve been teaching myself how to use Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.  I feel naturally gifted with design and have an innate desire to create, so this has been [fairly] easy to learn.  Typically my designs involve ads for the paper, programs for events, flyers, and I have designed a logo which was fun.

There is so much more I want to do, but I think 5 things to pursue is a hefty goal to reach.   I eventually will have brainstorming sessions to construct a plan with ideas/steps to reach each goal.  It has taken 30 years to pursue my goals and precious time has been wasted, but I vow, never to give up!

 

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