This is also the time of year when I begin thinking about what I'd like to do better (or perhaps stop doing) in the year ahead. Making resolutions has not worked well for me, but thinking through my situation always seems to have rewards.
The clutter in my mind is actually more of a problem than the pile of unwrapped gifts or mismatched socks. When do thoughts tip the balance and become clutter?
- We've always done it this way!
- I dread doing this, but I said I would, so I will.
- Who would I be without "my story"?
- I couldn't live without [fill in the blank] in my life!
- Some force on my part is necessary to speed up the process.
- I'm not sure God can handle this...It is time for some supportive worrying.
- If I could just fix this one thing about myself, life would be perfect.
- If I could just fix this one thing about [fill in the blank], life would be perfect.
- Try a new technique or use a new material in my folk art every month.
- Say yes with enthusiasm to only the projects that are exciting to me.
- Take time every day to listen to the hopes and dreams of other creative people.
- Give away art supplies and materials I do not use.
- Trust in the creative process and when I feel rushed, take a walk around the block.
- Notice moments of supportive worrying and call a friend to chat (or roll over and whisper in husband's ear). Create a quiet corner in my studio for reflection and meditation.
- There is nothing that needs to be fixed, as nothing is broken. Trust the creative process.
- People are not gracing my life as projects I'm supposed to organize. Write down three things I am grateful for about each person I decide to judge. When I feel judgmental about a fiber folk art project I am working on, set it aside for 48 hours. Laugh.
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