Sunday, January 4, 2015

Live Purposefully

Self discovery - I have discovered that projects have several meanings that I had not considered. Here a tiny strawberry creamer, precious, delicate, old, something to study, one of many thousands of wonderful bits and pieces to be re-discovered.

In October I wrote, in this post

Sometime during 2014 I realized projects weren't always about repurposing or creating. Projects change and grow in variety and size. My biggest project was my Dad. 

Projects can morph into big jobs with responsibilities through love and family ties. 2 1/2 months down the road and the obligation is becoming less time stealing but still exists.  Let me count the ways.

Eldest child, control freak, can do it best type person. Thats me. It has filled all the spaces throughout my life. I can 'fix, do, find, enable'. I am very good at enabling others. Time suck. I know this, I do, but this has, for some stubborn reason, not disappeared from my life. Another 'all about me' moment.

I think this has become my ah-ha moment on my definition of a project and my responsibilities. So, I am sharing. I did the sort, pack, move, settle in new suite. This time I told the truth to family, I can't do any more. Other family members are in charge of preparing the condo for sale (and there are some big issues to fix).

This year I will be working on putting my health and wellbeing first in my priorities. To do I need to be well. I know I need to slow down, drink more water, eat less sugar/carbs, move. I am finding my blogging voice, not by trying to specialize in furniture repurposing, or vignette creation or making/fixing but by being just myself. It isn't simple or easy to be oneself in a blog. It takes courage, honesty, carefulness, knowing when enough is enough, keeping privacy of others, being happy about writing. Sometimes a double rainbow does come into view.

Several blogging friends have been writing about over helping and wearing themselves out. Debbie Dabble wrote about that this week here.

I began to see a different trend in my postings in the last few months. A bit more personal, somewhat less project and vignettes and thrifted. Finding where I fit in the blogging world. Claudia @ Mockingbird Hill wrote about finding her blogging voice. So have many other blogger friends. Weaving life experiences.

One part of my blogging life is my job as a reseller in an antiques mall. I love that job, self employed, work and decisions are mine to make. In the coming year I need/want to spend more of my energy on my self selected job. I want to write about my booths and finds as Linda of Coastal Charms does. She shines. Granny Sue, a wonderful storyteller, now has several booths and I love reading about her finds, what she does to get things ready for her booths, seeing pictures of her booths. So many others too.

My decisions. 
It is up to me to make changes. 
No special word for 2015. 

Live purposefully.

Thank you for visiting today.


  1. Visiting from mosaic monday. Appreciated this post and it sounds very familiar. I am trying to recover from some of what you speak of. Have a good week ahead!

  2. Joy, I am so with you on this one. Last year I really overdid and hurt myself physically and wore myself out emotionally also. This year I'm putting my health at the top of my list!! It has to be because If I don't take care of me, I can't be there for anyone else. It's a good plan!

  3. Sounds like you have a great plan there.. And some good advice.. Wonderful post and images. Happy New Year, I wish you all the best in 2015.

  4. It's always good to have a plan, and create a balance in life.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday Joy.

    1. Joy, I know some of what you wrote. I was the main caregiver for my aging parents until they passed. I also worked full time and raised our children (Hubby worked a different shift.). There were times I thought I didn't have a life of my own but I have no regrets. Now that they have passed, I know I did all I could to help them feel safe, healthy and happy. The children are in college and Hubby is nearing retiring so this is my time and I'm enjoying it. I'm glad your taking time for yourself. It's important for your well being. Good luck to you and your family!!

  5. Setting intentions can happen at any time of year, but the beginning of a new year is a great opportunity. Finding balance is important. I wish you clarity as you move forward in 2015.

  6. Hi Joy,

    As a firstborn, I "hear" what you're saying: we do like to take control and FIX IT. However, all of the busyness takes a toll. It is important to step back and allow others to help.

    I like the double rainbow. Isn’t it fun finding blues to share? Thanks for playing today.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  7. Joy it seems that your words at the end, 'Live purposefully' are the perfect words for 2015. Finding your voice is a great journey. I have been on the journey twice as I started a new blog this year. I am connecting from my second, newer blog where I talk about life and lessons, Living From happiness. My other blog is a gardening blog, Gardens Eye View, that I have had for 4 years. Pop on over and I look forward to seeing your journey and your vintage finds in 2015. Happy New Year!

  8. Oh my the web is huge! What a great photo of a double rainbow. I have not seen one in ages.
    Joy @ Books and Life

  9. Coming to your from Mosaic Monday. I love your self appointed job. I have thouht about getting a small booth in an antique store--we have 5 in our little town--, but then it would be work. I do love to go to thrift shops with my daughter and we find good stuff. Thrifting without purpose becomes nothing more than a bad habit. Use your blog to write what ever you need to write. It is your blog, your spot, your place. Be free.

  10. As part of my recent realizations, I know that I don't want to follow blogs that have become commercials. Also, people are multi-dimensional. If all I see as a blog surfer is a bloggers accummulation of stuff and can't imagine that they have a love of anything outside of their stuff, those bloggers have become one-dimensional and uninteresting. There was this one blog I followed, and it seemed like all she talked about was her stuff - where she bought it, how much it cost, what she traded it out for, the vignettes she make with it, etc. It was all about the stuff, and while it was attractive, I felt as if the blogger herself had no substance. I will be quite happy following you around, see what you find and learn what speaks to you. You do what you want and blog about it. Be authentic. I'll be looking over your shoulder!

  11. So enjoyed this post. Hoping 2015 will bring much peace and joy to you and your family. Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  12. Joy, a really heartfelt and beautiful post! Yes, there is more to life that just redoing furniture, decorating, and crafting. Family comes first and it sounds like you are doing a fabulous job! Heart felt posts are loved from time to time for sure! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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