I've been silent for awhile. That isn't like me. But everything is okay. I have just been very busy trying to get organized for the new year so I can get started on the right foot. Also, to be honest, I haven't felt up to blogging. I feel I have too much to say and I have no idea where to begin. So I simply stayed quiet for a few days so I could focus on some other tasks.
Some of you know that last year I began to work on a number of projects after being sick for several years and not being able to do too much. I haven't much experience with written goals but in the last two years or so I've found it is one way to help me keep on track and try to focus on those things that are most important to me on those days when I actually feel up to doing things.
I shared my goals for the first time here on the blog in 2010 and I'm happy to report that I was able to accomplish almost everything on my list over the course of the year. At the same time, I stated in early 2010 that due to my illness, I was not going to pressure myself with deadlines for accomplishing my goals in 2010. Whatever didn't get done in 2010 would simply be carried over to the next year. I have now identified my goals for 2011 and posted them. But again, I am not putting pressure on myself to reach all of my goals. I will do what I can and carry over anything left undone to the next year and so on.
I have a huge decluttering project that has been underway for some time. I do make progress on it from time to time but there is still much more to be done. This is really a project in learning to live more simply and scaling back on the material things so that I can focus my time and energy on things that are more important to me. Unfortunately, this isn't as easily achievable for me as it is for some people because I am a pack rat at heart.
I do tend to accumulate things and I have this idea when I come across something that I can always read it later, use it later or even give it to someone who needs it. Often however these things end up collecting dust and becoming clutter. I know it will take time to achieve my goal of decluttering and simplifying but I am sure it will happen if I continue to plug away at it. One thing that motivates me in this area is the fact that my mom is also a clutter bug but unlike me she has never really organized her clutter. Now that she is too sick and disabled to do anything for herself, I find myself having to attend to it for her and this has been a huge burden on me. Doing so however has forced me to be ruthless in getting rid of things and has also helped me to think about being ruthless in streamlining my own possessions.
|Some of the giveaway bags.|
|One of my cleaned out drawers. This one houses summer shirts & t-shirts.|
|I can watch TV from this perch. Hopefully that will help keep me consistent with the bike.|
|My bible is King James Version.|
Recently, I finished reading Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky and am currently reading a number of other books at the same time, including Véra by Stacy Schiff and A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. A Suitable Boy is a book I started a long time ago but put aside because it was packed away after the fire. I am happy to begin reading it again but have decided to start once more from the beginning to enjoy it more fully. Véra .is about Véra Nabokov; the wife, muse and translator of Vladimir Nabokov who translated Dostoevsky into English. Vladimir Nabokov is also the author of the controversial book and movie of the same name, Lolita. I am finding that I am learning a lot about both Nabokovs through the book about Véra.
Right now I have two 6 foot high bookshelves which are full of books and there is an overflow of books in the living room and bedroom. When I buy books at full price, I tend to want to keep them for later reading and that is why I have altogether too many books. My goal is to scale back my books as I read them and give them away so that I never have more books than will fit on my two bookshelves. Perhaps when I get to that point I can make a new goal to scale back even more. That would be ideal.
As far as other hobbies go I intend to continue to make doilies, experiment with embroidery, make a garment or two for my mom and continue to knit. Hopefully I can perfect my slipper making ability as well as learn how to make basic sweaters.
|Early knitting projects.|
As you can see things have been busy for me as I gear up to make the most of 2011 and get things started on the right foot. I must say I am looking forward to 2011 and I pray that you and your household are also looking forward to 2011 and making new goals and plans.
Blessings to you and your household as you embark on 2011.
May it hold everything you seek.