Wednesday, January 7, 2015

today

"Be reverent before the dawning day. Do not think of what will be in a year or ten years. Think of to-day."
                              --Romain Rolland

window with frost and sunrise

We must. Each and every day. I know long range goals are a good thing. Calendars and schedules. But here we are, day after day. Each day counts. Each moment counts. I've been thinking about my plans for the year, my word, Flourish, and my Make & Do Creative Challenges. I think that in order to flourish we must live each day fully. In order to flourish we need to banish procrastination. The point of my monthly challenges is to stop procrastinating. To just do it. Things have been a bit chaotic in my house since I decided to tackle two big painting jobs at once (plus a furniture project, too). My studio is unusable. The living room is a jumble of furniture. The dining room is jammed with stuff from both my studio and the living room. The dogs are uneasy with all this chaos. My kitty is mad at being temporarily banished from his favorite room in the house (there was a little incident with his tail and some wet paint...). This chaos, this mess, this inconvenience these are all the reasons that I put off tackling these projects for so long (and the work of it, too, I'm actually sore from 3 days straight of physical laboring). But I am so happy that I'm doing it. I'm already in love with the new color in the living room and each time I catch a glance of it it makes me happy, even in its unfinished state with all of the furniture smashed into the center of the room and the blue painter's tape on all the trim.

I hope that the few of you who mentioned that you're too busy to tackle another project this month are busy doing, are busy with living each day to its very fullest. It's so easy to let moments slip by. Let's all try to make the most of them. Are you with me?

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  1. Hi Anne, regarding your previous post, I too can't commit to a project at the moment - can't think of one! As my word for this year is serenity I am trying to keep serene and not give myself pressure. I look forward to seeing and reading what you and others will be making though. I love the photo at the top of this post - so pretty! You will be so happy when your studio is painted. I know I would be! :-)

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    1. Hi, Simone! What a great word for the year. Wishing you much serenity and joy.

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  2. Anne, well done with your project and creative energy! Even if I cannot commit now, it is an extremely inspiring idea and you have done so much already. My word for 2015 is slow, so I am trying to slow down and take things easy at the moment. we all are in different moments in our lives and we all have different and sometimes the same needs and we can still be so inspiring for each other. I am so proud of you, Anne and you are so right by saying that 'every moment counts'. big hugs to you!!!

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    1. Hi, Aga, thanks so much. I'm nearing the end of my projects and it's good to be able to see that. Slow is a great word for 2015! And you're right. There are ebbs and flows and life is ever changing. It's good to look for balance in it. Hugs to you, too!

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  3. Thank you for this honest post. I agree with what you are saying...I to am going to ... Just Do It! We have started a big project that we put off last year. Happy to have a start.

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    1. Best of luck with your project! It's so easy to put things off, but so good to get things accomplished. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  4. Oh, I hear you, Anne. I'm using my time to create, working on quilts that I've been wanting to make, reading my Bible and memorizing scripture (something else I've been wanting to do for awhile), going for walks with my hubby, cooking healthy meals with fresh ingredients. Just doing things that I love. Keeping it all simple. This is working for me and I love it! Hugs, Nancy P.S. This mess you're in is temporary and has purpose. You'll be so satisfied when your projects are completed, and will soon forget the inconvenience. :)

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    1. Sounds perfect, Nancy! A wonderful combination of making and doing and enjoying life. Purposefully working to make the best use of each day. Simplicity is key, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by and hugs back to you, too! Oh, and you're right. With our other projects, even the more chaotic ones, I don't really think of the inconvenience of it all. It's easily soon forgotten!

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