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decreasing inputs to increase focus 
23rd-Aug-2008 03:47 pm
crosseyed vulture
For a number of reasons — including my plans to start the training program to become an Egoscue Posture Alignment Specialist — it's feeling like the right time to cut down on inputs. As far as physical decluttering goes, a lot of the things that I've been lugging around for years, literally, from one apartment to another, I'm now looking at and feeling a readiness to let them go. Stuffed animals from my childhood, a teapot that was my mother's but which we never use, kitchen gadgets ditto, assorted never-begun and half-finished needlework projects, clothes that didn't fit or didn't look good — gone, with little to no emotional turmoil. (Not without some inconvenience, though — I have only two pairs of office-suitable pants, which makes getting through a week a bit challenging. Thank goodness Friday is blue-jeans-okay day.)

It's not a wholesale purge or divestiture, though. The needlework projects may be gone, but I'm holding on to my embroidery frame and matching table/lap stand. Part of the reason for working to clear space is so I can get my sewing machine out and start filling in my wardrobe. I think the frame and stand will come in handy for doing embellishment on garments. (One thing I'm not getting rid of is any of my Threads back issues — in fact, I'm going to pull them out and refresh my memory of my list of projects and techniques I want to try.)

I'm planning to go through my old cooking magazines and scan in any articles I want to keep, then put the magazines out on the freecycle table in our building's laundry room, and there are a couple of cookbooks I could let go of without a pang. I think I'll even get rid of (pass along, donate, whatever) most or all of my Robertson Davies books. (Maybe I should have warned monica_lisa before saying that. monica_lisa, are you okay? Should I ask ansai to get a cold cloth for your forehead? *grin*)

Also planning to prune my f-list, so don't take it personally if your LJ is one of the ones I stop following.

Less time online, less time reading books that "oh, well, this might be interesting", fewer evenings putting in a DVD we've already watched umpteen times just to keep the eyes occupied. More time exercising, more time studying, more time sewing and cooking and sitting zazen.

It feels good.
Comments 
24th-Aug-2008 02:02 am (UTC)
I'm getting rid of stuff with the intent to do sewing things. This could be a parallel play adventure, if you're up for that from time to time.

Right now I'm enamored with henna and drawing. But I also want to sew and would love to share ideas and support around that.
24th-Aug-2008 02:15 am (UTC)
I love the Get It Done energy! I'm experiencing some myself and it's glorious. It's like a new way to feel my feet on the earth and there's more air in the air.
25th-Aug-2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
*closes eyes*

I know it's a good thing, but I don't have to watch.
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